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Rafael Guerrero
Beth, still in lesson 7 @8:10, you use your knee to tune the G string and you mention that you have to push the peg inward as you tune. I didn't know that you have to always push inward when turning the peg. I did it one time but i think i pushed it too hard and I had difficulty turning it loose but fortunately I was able after using some more force. Since then I am afraid of pushing the peg in as I tuned - what should I do and what is the proper of turning these pegs when tuning? thanks again.

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Rafael Guerrero
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Posted: November 24, 2011
Last Comment: November 25, 2011
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Beth Blackerby
Posted: November 25, 2011
Even on an expensive violin, pegs can be a source of frustration. Pegs are extremely sensitive to climate conditions. In a perfect world, you would not have to push inward (or very little) to get your pegs to hold. After all, most professionals tune with only their left hand as they bow with the right. But in the real world, some amount of inward pressure is usually required. The key is having a perfect match between the taper of the pegs and the taper of the two pegbox holes. While some inward pressure may be necessary, you shouldn't have to really push hard and jam the pegs into the holes. This could damage the peg or the pegbox. If you're really having to push excessively hard, it may require some maintenance from a luthier. Sometimes the pegs may only need a little dressing; in more severe cases, the pegs may need to be replaced. There are certain products that can be put on the pegs that may help (chalk, rosin, peg dope). But the best solution is to make sure there's a good fit between peg and hole.