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I was just wondering why we need to warm musical instruments before playing them? Is there something to do with the air molecules inside? Vibration? Physics?

Any ideas would be great! Thanks!
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I remember for the violin that you had to keep it in a warm place so the strings don't go out of tune and it keeps them well maintained, or something like that.
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It's basically like foreplay before sex.
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(Original post by Jingers)
I remember for the violin that you had to keep it in a warm place so the strings don't go out of tune and it keeps them well maintained, or something like that.
That sounds reasonable

Any ideas for the flute?
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If you let them go cold, they go really flat.
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That sounds reasonable

Any ideas for the flute?
Not too sure, sorry, but maybe something to do with the way the metal particles react to heat? i.e. when it's hot, metal expands and vice versa, thus distorting the instrument. But, once again, I'm not too sure.
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I don't 'warm' my viola?

I do try and keep it at a regular temperature however (don't put it near a heater), so it doesn't get crazily out of tune.
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(Original post by Jingers)
Not too sure, sorry, but maybe something to do with the way the metal particles react to heat? i.e. when it's hot, metal expands and vice versa, thus distorting the instrument. But, once again, I'm not too sure.
Great.

Thank you I will think about it
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thank you for all your help!
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And it's uncomfortable to hold a cold instrument? :confused:
I played the Piano so I never had the problem =p
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That sounds reasonable

Any ideas for the flute?
Tuning. Your pitch changes as the instrument warms up. So if you tune to a orchestra or piano whilst cold, you will be slightly out of pitch once you have been playing for 2minutes or so.
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