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Caulfield Music Help Center

  • What types of musical instruments do you have for sale?
    We carry a wide range of musical instruments including guitars, keyboards, violins, drums, and much more. All are available for pickup at our store.
  • Can I try out the instruments before purchasing them?
    Absolutely, we encourage our customers to try out the instruments in store before making a purchase to ensure they are completely satisfied.
  • Do you provide music lessons?
    Yes, we offer a music school with lessons for all ages and skill levels. We teach a variety of instruments here at Caulfield Music Centre.
  • What are the qualifications of your music teachers?
    All our music teachers are highly qualified with formal music education and years of teaching experience. They are passionate about music and are dedicated to helping students reach their potential.
  • How do I book a rehearsal room?
    You can book a rehearsal room by contacting us directly via phone, email, or through our website. We recommend booking in advance to secure your desired time slot.
  • What equipment is provided in the rehearsal rooms?
    Our rehearsal rooms come equipped with a sound system & microphones. If you need any additional equipment, Instruments are available for hire*.
  • How much does it cost to rent a rehearsal room?
    The cost of renting a rehearsal room depends on the size of the room and the duration of the rental. Please contact us for specific pricing details.
  • Do you offer repair services for musical instruments?
    Yes, we have an in-house repair service for most types of musical instruments. Please bring your instrument to the store for an assessment and quote.
  • What type of strings does my guitar need? It appears to have half metal, half plastic strings.
    It sounds like you have a classical guitar, which uses nylon strings. Although they may appear to be half metal, half plastic, all the strings are nylon. The lower three strings have an alloy winding to create a distinct tone.
  • What is the significance of the different thicknesses of strings?
    The thickness, or gauge, of the strings affects both playability and tone. Thinner strings are generally easier to play but they are also more prone to breakage and can lose some low-end tones. The factory settings for an electric guitar typically include 9/42 gauge nickel strings, while a steel-strung acoustic guitar usually comes with 12/53 gauge phosphor bronze strings.
  • Which of my strings is the first one? Is it the lowest or the highest string?
    The first string on your guitar is technically the highest-pitched, thinnest string. This is typically the string closest to the floor as you hold the guitar. Conversely, the 'bottom' string refers to the lowest-pitched string, which is closest to your head when you hold the guitar.
  • How do I choose the right guitar size?
    When you sit with the guitar, ensure your shoulders are squared and you're not leaning to one side. This will help maintain playing balance, especially for young beginners who are still developing. If your chair cannot be height-adjusted, using a footstool can be beneficial.
  • How do I choose the right violin size?
    There's a common method for measuring violin size. With the chin rest under your chin, reach out your arm and wrap your fingers around the scroll of the headstock. Your elbow should be slightly bent. If you can rest the scroll on your wrist, the violin is likely too small. We recommend seeking professional help with this process.
  • What is the best type of guitar for a beginner?
    If you're just starting out, a nylon-strung guitar is a great choice. It is easy on both the fingers and the wallet. However, if you have a strong preference for a specific type or style of guitar, go with that. Just make sure any used instrument is checked for playability and tone over aesthetics. Be cautious about very cheap instruments, as they may not be suitable for learning.
  • What should I clean my guitar with?
    The cleaning method depends on the type of your instrument and its finish. Feel free to ask us for specific advice.
  • How can I be sure I'm tuning my guitar correctly?
    We recommend starting by lowering the pitch of the string you're tuning before gradually bringing it up to the correct pitch. This reduces the risk of over-tuning and breaking the string. Ensure your tuner is set to 440Khz and in chromatic (or C) mode for precise tuning. If you're using a phone app that utilizes the microphone, mute the other strings to prevent interference.
  • What kind of tuition do you offer?
    Our tutors adapt their teaching approach to suit each student's pace and style of learning, combining both practical and theoretical methods.
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