Now what? Pack up? NO, sir. After a fruitful (or fruitful-ish) practice session what every good cellist needs to do is to wipe down those strings that you just finished rocking on. I know it may not seem life or death, but here is what happens if you do not wipe down your strings and cello of rosin dust each time you play:
- Rosin builds up and eventually will make you sound scratchy.
- It dulls the varnish on your cello
- Eventually it doesn’t come off.
- Ms. Candace will try to take it off with a cloth and make those terrible nails-on-chalkboard sounds until you cry uncle.
- It stains your case.
- Serious cranky face from Ms. Candace
- (Extreme:) Your will need new strings.
So, I am thrilled that you practiced. Now wipe off that magical dust.