Strings Well Strung: A little trick to keep our strings happy

Here at my cello HQ, I have many little tricks-of-the-trade that make life as a string player much easier and enjoyable. A common problem I see plaguing stringies all over the world are, well, strings. They snap, slip, get rusty and go dull, sometimes for no conceivable reason at all! Luckily for you, I’m about to let you in on a little secret that will improve the life of your strings and prevent unnecessary slipping.

You see, it’s all in the peg box. Below, I’ve outlined a few simple steps to stringing your instrument that will have your pegs pulled into the box holding them tightly in place. Not only that, your strings will also steer clear of each other preventing excessive friction, the type that can cause your strings to snap!

  1. Pop the ball end into the string holder or tailpiece hole at the bottom of your instrument.
  2. Feed about 1cm of the string through the hole in the correlating peg at the top of your instrument.
  3. Wrap the string once towards the narrow end of the peg.
  4. Continue wrapping the string in the opposite direction, towards the larger end of the peg, pulling the string as far towards the peg box as possible. The closer you get the string to the edge of the peg box, the more it will pull the peg into place. Bonus tip: If you can wrap the excess string (remember that 1cm you pushed through the peg before winding?) down onto the peg as you wind away, you’ll create a stronger hold on the peg.
  5. Tune your string and you are ready to go!

And there you have it, 5 simple steps to happy strings!

Tell me stringies:

Do you know this little trick?

Do you have any other nifty string tricks?

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