If you’ve been trying unsuccessfully to get yourself to sit down and simply play piano again, maybe having the piano tuned will convince you to prioritize that endeavor. You’ll have taken the basic step to getting back into the swing of things – this is a common phone call for us after we ring in a new year but I’ve never subscribed to the idea that one should wait to pick up a good habit.
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Even the most used and beloved piano often becomes a collection point for things in the home. In many homes, it’s a place to display photographs, sculptures, and other art. In musician homes, it’s a often a collection of the music being practiced, metronomes, recording devices, etc. All these things must be cleared for the piano to be tuned and since it’s cleared off, it’s a perfect time to dust.
One of the most satisfying things about my work is the little bit of playing I get to do at the end of a tuning. It gives me a chance to check if there’s anything mechanical amiss, but mostly I’ve already fixed those issues and I just enjoy playing.
A cat jumping on the piano is probably going to startle you either way, especially if you don’t have a pet cat, but at least it will be cleaner and tuned.
I’ve actually received a phone call after tuning a piano because the musician had to relearn the songs he’d been playing – the piano was so far out of tune that all his music was transposed a semi-tone higher!
Once again, the research isn’t conclusive on this, but doesn’t your day go better when everything is in its proper place?
Don’t drink your coffee over the piano, but coffee and music are a great pair!
I showed this one to my wife. Maybe it’s just piano technician humor but I must hear this joke 3 times a month:
“You can tune a piano, but can you tuna fish…”
Seriously, we need to find better piano tuning humor 🙂