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Why You Should Hire A Piano Tuner/Piano Technician

Posted by costastaffmusic@gmail.com on January 26, 2020 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (1)


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Why should you hire a piano tuner/piano technician to tune your piano?

There are multiple reasons why a pianist should hire a tuner/tech to do it. 

1. There are approximately 230 strings that needs to be tuned on a piano. On a guitar there are generally 6 strings to tune. Tuning is an art and science that needs practice and experience. 

2. The soundboard and hammers are made out of wood. Seasonally, it's going to change so the hammers are able to swell and move, which affects the strings and pitch of each note. 

3. A tuner understands how to keep the strings to an equal temperament that will seek as close to perfect intonation as well as making sure the A above Middle C is close to 440Hz. Although all this will take a few tunings in the beginning and it also will vary with environment to sustain and keep the pitch consistent.

4. There are tools and techniques to tune a piano. I do not recommend a pianist without knowing the mechanics or correct tools to tune their own piano as they might damage a piano and also for safety reasons - too much tension on a string can snap as well as ruin the soundboard.

5. Hire a piano technician to clean, evaluate, and fix any damages inside of your piano. 

6. Maintaing a piano tune will make group performances go smoothly for other musicians as well. It will definitely sound pleasant to the ears!

I was part of Piano Technician Guild (PTG) and I love their professionalism with their piano tuners and technicians alike. I focused mainly on piano tuning and it is very complex. It is another art and science in understanding how to use a tuning hammer, climate changes, average tuning frequencies of all pitches, age of piano, last tuning, etc. Definitely hire a tuner or professional piano technician to do the job. 

To find your local piano tuner or technician check out this organization Piano Technician Guild

http://www.ptg.org

 

Is It Better To Learn To Play Piano On A Keyboard Or An Acoustic Piano

Posted by costastaffmusic@gmail.com on January 26, 2020 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

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Learning how to play the piano with a grand piano or keyboard depends on student's end goals.

My answer is to learn both instruments since they are both equally crucial.

ACOUSTIC PIANO

 

  • UPRIGHT
  • GRAND PIANO

 

If student wants to pursue a serious music performance and/or teaching music education degree, piano competitions, and enjoys the acoustic piano - then definitely get a piano whether it is an upright or grand. There are so many different acoustic pianos to choose from. Weighted keys are so important to build muscle strength around the fingers and control of phrases and dynamics in many different styles of music. Pianos also usually have two to three pedals to practice and master.

KEYBOARDS

I love keyboards for their sounds and some can be very light or heavy weighted and different amount of keys (61 keys, 76 keys, 88 keys - standard piano keys). Piano keys can have no touch sensitivity to touch sensitive as well (how hard or soft you play like an acoustic piano). This is great for for learning pop, experimental, and so many more different styles of music, compositions, and modern music. Many professional keyboards come with so many sounds and effects instilled in them and I honestly love playing and exploring music to their different sounds.

Learn both - they're both very different either way!

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