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Reason #9

Number

Nine

I’ve had so many tell me they can’t tell if their piano is out of tune or not – but their kids can tell. Inevitably, this will train their ears as well as anyone else in earshot as to how the instrument should sound. When you hear it properly, you begin to expect it properly.

Reason #8

True story:

I have been called to tune a piano after an embarrassing party event where the hired musician played a few bars and stopped. Then told the host they could not and would not perform on such  difficult instrument. In music performance, every gig is an audition for a future gig.

Personally, I’ve been asked to play in a facility, very informal, where the instrument had been neglected and rendered no musical clarity and nothing in my efforts of playing could make a beautiful sound. This was before I joined the piano service industry.

Yes, if you’re paying attention to these reasons for having your piano tuned, this is the second #8

Reason #8

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, it’s not going to get better, it’s not.”

I’m almost certain that I’ve worked on a worse sounding piano than whatever you’ve got. I’m also certain that someone will prove that statement to be wildly wrong. If you’re worried about any sort of embarrassment for having a piano in complete disrepair or just that it has been so long since its last tuning don’t stress it. You either have to decide to junk it and get a new piano or schedule an appointment with me, I’m here to set things right with the instrument.

Reason #7

Even if you don’t immediately start practicing more because you prefer the sound of your piano after a tuning, you will naturally perform better because the sound is cleaner and less distracting, allowing you to be more musical. The other bonus is that your mistakes will be more beautiful too!

Reason #6

Beethoven did pay attention to the vibrations of his music which I suppose is another way to realize the music if you can’t hear it properly. He definitely knew what the notes were supposed to sound like as he wrote them down, composers and performers alike use a skill called audiation to know what the sound should be before the sound is produced. When the piano doesn’t match what the performer or even the audience is anticipating it makes for an unpleasant listening experience.

Reason #5

When one walks into a room with a piano they cannot help their eyes but to be drawn to the piano. It is the focus point of any decor setting. The piano should be just as pleasing to hear, you wouldn’t want the “memorable” experience of hearing the instrument be one of auditory torture.

Reason #4

Putting the horse before the cart

There are times a household piano goes without being tuned because nobody is playing it currently. An out of tune piano is not a very enticing instrument to start playing, it makes an inexperienced player feel that they are what is wrong with the music because they don’t know to blame the instrument sounding off pitch.