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.
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.
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.
If you play the wrong note but your piano is in tune, you can simply say your were doing some jazz improvisation. When you play the correct notes and the notes are not clean sounding and in tune the music just sounds bad.
Sound good even when you play wrong.
There have been so many times I’ve been asked to play piano at someone’s home simply because the host heard I play and service pianos. Other times I’ve been asked to sit in with a pianist and play guitar and/or sing and I can only apologize because the ensemble can’t work together due to the fact that the piano is out of tune.
Here is an excerpt from a fellow technician’s web site that I thought was wonderfully worded:
If a piano is played in the woods and nobody hears it, does it make a sound?
This reason to have your piano tuned is more important for those in close living quarters or for the other members of your household. Even if you are not bothered by some sour notes the audience will be, even if they are an inadvertent audience.
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