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Mel Newton

I clean my fiddles after I play – just a quick wipe down of the string and the instrument bridge area with a dry cloth. It’s what I was taught to do at my very first school lesson so I just continued. *shrug*? That being said, I see a lot of bluegrass and old time fiddlers that have rosin everywhere and I’m not convinced it’s from the session. It seemed to be a point of pride to let it build up? I dunno…..

The biggest thing I’ve learned is to wipe down the strings where my left fingers are. I sweat a lot and have really corrosive sweat so I’ll see wear on my strings pretty quickly unless I make sure i get the oil and sweat off in that location.