I'm wondering about how to speed up getting strings to "settle".
Previously, before a performance, I'd change them at least 5 days before, maybe even 7 days. This gives them plenty of time to settle and lessens the risk of string squeak.
Well, now I don't have that luxury. I've got events on Mon 3rd, Wed 5th, Sat 8th and Thur 13th July! It's possible that for either the 3rd and 5th, I'll be using my electro-classical, but for the events on the 8th and 13th, I'll be using my normal classical instrument.
My current plan is to change strings early-ish, in the week before the first of these events and to leave this set on until I've done my recital on the 8th. That afternoon, I will change them, ready for the one on the 13th. That only gives them 4 clear days to settle.
The problem may be that usually when I put new strings on, I only tune them up before I practice, each day, so they are not being stretched regularly enough? Perhaps, if I get my guitar out a few times a day and and just tune it, even if I don't play it, this will speed up their settling?
The thing is, I'm not one for practicing hard up to the last minute, I tend to give myself a break from it before an event, in the main. I will run through the set, a couple of times, but I prefer to spend the days before doing something else! I feel there's nothing further to be achieved by practicing that close to an event and I find that leaving it alone, largely, is more conducive to playing better on the day.
So, how do those members who face this situation, regularly, deal with it? Please let me know your views. Any advice gratefully received. Thanks.
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