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Buying A Piano

The piano you choose is most likely to be with you for quite sometime. When considering buying a piano we recommend you come to our showroom and get a feel for what is available by trying our range. You are then in a position where you can balance your expectations with your budget.

Naturally you will need to dedicate an area of your home to the piano and we recommend that the piano should be as accessible as possible, after all, anyone can learn the piano at any age and it will bring joy to the whole family. A piano will also provide elegance, and beauty to your home, so you want an instrument that will play properly and compliment your home's décor.

It is not only the look of a piano, nor the sound it makes, but also the touch that you have to consider. Does it feel right? Playing the pianos is a very tactile exercise and the keyboard should feel ‘right’ under your fingers.

Thankfully pianos are pretty robust, and once set up and tuned in your home should give you many good years of service with nothing needed any more than an occasional tune up.

All instruments in our showroom meet our own stringent conditions before they reach you our customer. Through us, your piano will be tuned and regulated to meet the AMEB standard and you’ll have the security in knowing that our experienced team of piano craftsmen, tuners and technicians are here to support you and your piano.

Taking Care of your Piano

Assuming you choose to buy an acoustic piano, you will need to understand how to take care of it.

Despite its rugged construction a piano is a sensitive instrument, built largely of wood, with a cast iron frame, on which he strings are placed, with a spruce soundboard at the rear.

Changes in temperature can affect any wooden structure- how often do we experience a sticking door or a drawer? Wood absorbs moisture from the air and this can affect a piano.

The most desirable temperature for a piano to be kept in a room is between 15 and 21 degrees Celsius , with a humidity level between 45% and 60%. If required a hygrometer can be placed near a piano , so that one can keep an eye on this.

Beware of central heating, never place a piano to close to a heating duct, and direct sunlight,as this may be detrimental not only to the piano "body" but also the tuning stability.In other words, ,place the piano away from heaters, heating vents and sunlit windows.

If you are concerned with possible dampness in a room, ask your tuner to fit a 'damp chaser' to the piano. It is a small investment and well worthwhile.

Piano-Tuning

Most pianos are tuned to a string frequency of 440Hz. ie. The "A" string above middle 'C' is tuned to oscillate 440 times per second. This is also referred to and desired as "Concert Pitch" in musical terms.

The periodic regularity as to how often a piano needs to be tuned can vary greatly. A piano experiencing drastic changes in temperature or played heavily for long periods is likely to need more tuning than usual.

As a general rule, most domestic pianos do not need to be tuned more than twice per year-in some cases perhaps once per year. However, to enjoy a piano it must be in tune, therefore if your piano does not sound as it should, have it tuned.

By leaving the tuning for a few months you may need to have more than one tuning to bring it back to it's proper level of performance.

Tonal quality

The tonal quality of your piano is determined by character of the felt covering the hammers that strike the strings. The resiliency of this felt is adjusted at the factory as part of the manufacturing process. With much use, the felt can become 'hard =packed- and the strings may cut into the outer surface of the felt. The result is likely to be harsh, unpleasant tone.

The remedy for this problem is called 'Voicing" a service that can be done in the home. However, not all piano-tuners are trained in the art of 'Voicing", and unhappily there are many instances where an untrained person has irreparably damaged the hammers resulting in complete replacement.

If you think you need someone to 'Voice' your piano, ask your dealer to recommend the best trained person available. If in doubt, leave well alone!

Regulation

The piano's action is the ingenious mechanism that transmits the pressure of fingers on the piano keys to the relative hammers. Regulation refers to the process of ensuring that all parts of the action are performing correctly.

The advice given above in relation to 'voicing' is equally important in respect of action regulation.

Be careful, ask advice from your dealer and employ a known, trained technician.

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Learning how to play by ear quickly!

 

Many piano students desire to learn how to play piano. Some are nervous to learn because they fear it will be too difficult. Although it can be hard initially, the more that you practice, the less complicated it becomes. This article will show you how you can learn how to play piano easily.

Tune

The first thing you need to work on to play piano by ear is the melody. Find a song you like that has an easy melody, then take a place at the piano and try to pick it out. This may be simpler if you’re employed on recognizing intervals. An interval is just the distance between two notes. If you can recognize intervals easily, you’ll be able to select a melody much quicker.

Chords

After picking out the melody, the next step to play piano is to harmonize the tune with chords. If you’re a beginner, you will be happy to know that you just need to grasp three chords to harmonize any melody. These three chords are based on the scale in whatever key you are playing in.

Chord Voicing

The last thing you need to know to play piano by ear is chord voicing. Chord voicing is when you play a chord in any position apart from root position. We’ll take a C chord as an example. In root position, you may play a C, E, and G in that order. To voice the chord differently, you might play the E on the bottom, followed by a G and C. You might also play the G on the bottom, with the C and E played above it. When you play piano by ear, you might play all chords in root position, but you might change your sound by using different chord voicing.

 

Learning the best way to play piano by ear is not that difficult. When you have the melody worked out, all you have got to do is harmonize it with chords. After that, you could try experimenting with different chord voicing to vary the sound. After practicing for a bit, you’ll know the way to play piano by ear with ease.