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Too cold to play outside?
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November 12, 2014 - 1:41 pm
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How cold is too cold to play the violin outside?  Today it's 45f (7.22 C) and due to extenuating circumstances I'm out of the house all day.  I wanna practice in the park before I go back to my workplace but I dunno if it's too cold to do so.


what do y'all think?

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November 12, 2014 - 10:16 pm
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I think it would be super hard to do so. My fingers get ice cold when I'm out in that temperature. The fiddle against your face will also be cold. That being said, if you can and want to do it, consider also that the strings may be difficult to tune or pop out of tune, then do it. :)

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November 12, 2014 - 10:23 pm
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Wear gloves. White knit work gloves @ $6.00 for 10 pr. are great.


November 13, 2014 - 12:52 am
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34 degrees here today. Like always, my work puts me up and down the highway. I always stop at a rest stop 30 M from home (n or s) and play. Rain or shine, snow or sleet. It does go out of tune a bit, but the violin (an ebay cheapo) stays in my car. so it is quite acclimated. I fold a micro fiber towel over the chin rest and away I go. I do let the bow stay in the car and not the case. I really never have a problem. My fingers to get cold but, I also have a set of fingerless gloves that keep me going 20 - 30 minutes.


If the violin gets wet, I wipe it dry and let it fully dry in the house when I get home, then back out it goes. its been out there over a year now. I think the strings don't last as long and the bow can get gummed up, but a little alcohol (not drinkable. hehehe) and it cleans the bow up nicely. I do that about every 6 weeks or so on that particular one.

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November 13, 2014 - 12:47 pm
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I think playing outside in the cold sounds kind of fun.  I have a lot of fingerless mitts..it would be fun to use them. 

Go for it.. sounds like a blast.  

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November 14, 2014 - 2:26 pm
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I should be OK is you don't get too cold. Your violin should be fine but I agree with Fiddlerman and the strings might go out of tune a lot.

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