If you landed here, chances are you’re looking for information about tuning your own piano. Well this is your lucky day because I’m about to share with you all the knowledge I have acquired during my 35+ years as a professional piano tuner-technician and 10 years teaching others the art of piano tuning.
I will show you all the steps needed in order to succeed learning how to safely tune your own piano.
The piano is considered the king of all musical instruments. Invented in 1709 by the Italian Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731), it was the first keyboard instrument that was able to produce dynamics that is, to play soft and loud hence its name pianoforte (piano = soft, forte = loud) Cristofori’s pianoforte was a rather delicate instrument but since then and with numerous improvements, it has become the rich and powerful piano we know today. Read the rest of this entry
A tuned piano is so much fun to play and even more to listen to. Indeed, in their effort to design the best sounding musical instrument there is, designers base their calculations towards the fact that their musical instrument will perform at its best when tuned to the universal standard that is, the A=440Hz tuning fork. Read the rest of this entry
Invented in 1726 by the Italian Bartolomeo Cristofori, the piano was the first keyboard instrument to play soft and loud hense his name “pianoforte” (piano = soft, forte = loud) It was at first a rather delicate instrument and went through numerous improvement and became the rich and powerful instrument of today. Its complex construction, the science Read the rest of this entry
The tuning lever or “hammer” is simply a specialized wrench that enables a piano technician to apply a torquing force sufficient to overcome tuning pin friction. But unlike most other technical professions, this tool bears the great burden of constant use. Therefore, it is important for each technician to develop his or her tool system. This includes choosing the right tuning lever(s) for individual preference and tuning technique, component choices for adapting to various plate/pin configurations, practicing some simple preventative maintenance and understanding repair options.
When repairing sticking piano keys, first look for simple causes, such as the molding in front of the keys. Use a knife to unstick your piano keys with help from a piano teacher in this free video on piano lessons. Expert: Jim Porter Bio: Mr. Porter has spent over 45 years developing unique and highly effective methods of playing and practicing that enable a person of average ability to play even the most difficult passages. Filmmaker: David Beilinson Series Description: Piano lessons for beginners include learning to care for your piano and playing chords, scales and different music styles. Start playing the piano with help from a piano teacher in this free video series on piano lessons.
Dirty piano keys? Make them sparkle with the cleaning tips in this video. Step 1: Determine the type of keys Determine whether your white piano keys are plastic or ivory. Most modern pianos have plastic keys, which are smoother to the touch than ivory. Tip Move your piano to a sunny place if the ivory keys have yellowed. Sunlight can help bleach the keys. Step 2: Clean plastic keys with vinegar and warm water Clean plastic keys with a lint-free cloth dampened in a solution of vinegar and warm water. Tip Be careful not to drip liquid down the sides of the keys