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Reason #10

Kids these days…

I’ve revived old family heirloom pianos on countless occasions. Did you know, if the piano was serviced as regularly as grandma likely had it done that it wouldn’t need so much today?

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 #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 #3

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.

Why should I have my piano tuned?

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:

  • Why Should I Spend the Money to Keep My Piano Tuned?

  • I’ve been tuning for over forty years now, I’ve heard all the questions and the excuses for not having the piano tuned regularly.

  • Here’s the thing, if anybody in the house wants to play the piano, do it for them. Nobody wants to play an out of tune piano, or one that has notes that won’t play properly. Plus some of your friends, neighbors, guests may play. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been a guest at someone’s home when they find out I play piano and ask me to play. I cringe if the piano is out of tune (or worse).

  • By the way, fixing notes that don’t play properly is not part of a tuning, although many of us will fix one or two without charging extra if it doesn’t take too long. Otherwise we will point out what needs to be fixed and give you a quote. Depending on our schedule, we may be able to make the fixes while we there, or we may need to ask to make another appointment.

  • Particularly if someone is taking lessons, learning music, singing, etc. !

  • Part of learning to play an instrument is ear training. Learning what notes sound like what, hearing how combinations of notes form chords, etc. If the piano is out of tune what the student thinks is the sound of a C chord (three notes played together, C,E,G) is really the sound of a B♭ (if the piano is sorely out of tune).