Why learn how to tune a piano?
We are all looking for ways to save a little money. Tuning your own piano could save you anywhere from a couple hundred dollars (if you tune once or twice per year) to much more.
If you just plain love all things piano, learning to tune your piano is also terrific way to get to know your instrument and also exponentially increase your knowledge, hands-on.
There is something incredibly satisfying about learning to maintain your own instrument.
You could even turn a satisfying hobby into a side business or a career as a piano tuner!
Piano tuners are needed everywhere, even in small towns -- above and beyond tuning pianos in private homes, churches, schools, and senior centers usually have pianos that need regular tunings.
If you love people and love pianos, you could be a natural!
How to Tune a PianoLearn from a pro
Many professional piano technicians advise against amateurs tuning their own pianos.
Well, even though the mechanics of piano tuning are simple, tuning is actually delicate work and can take years to master. Over-tightening can break strings; aggressive turning can loosen pins. Simply put, you could cause expensive damage to your piano.
However, a little common sense goes a long way. You can learn to tune your own piano, but I wouldn’t learn on a Steinway -- leave that to the professionals!
And please don’t learn to tune on a piano that’s been in your great-aunt’s basement for the last 30 years. Chances are, a piano like that will need at least a pitch-raise, and most likely repair, before it can be tuned properly. Leave that to the pros as well.
If you have a more modest piano, are not in a hurry, and have just a bit of patience, you won’t have any problems learning how to tune a piano.
You can get started right away, and learn from a professional piano technician. Tuner Technicians Forum has an excellent, inexpensive advices How to Tune Your Own Piano that will teach you, step by step, how to tune your own piano.
How to Tune Your Own Piano will take you step by step through the tuning procedure, help you learn to listen and use the correct tools, and give you the kind of tips only a master tuner of 35+ years knows!
Here's what you'll learn:
Learning to Hear Beats: Learn what to listen for as you tune a piano. The Tuning Hammer: positioning and using the tuning hammer. Tuning Exercises: train your ear to detect when notes are in tune. Setting the Temperament: this is the most important part of the piano tuning procedure. Tuning the Bass: techniques that make this part of the tuning easy and satisfying. Tuning the Treble: The treble has its own unique tuning techniques. Tuning the Unisons: each note on a piano has three strings per note in the treble section. These three strings must all be at the same pitch for the note to sound in tune. Tuning Problems: some pianos are more difficult to tune than others. Learn to overcome these difficulties with ease.
How to Tune a PianoLearn from an amateur just like you
A very good, basic set of instructions on learning to tune a piano can be found at piano.detwiler.us.
Piano.detwiler.us gives you all the necessary information to get started tuning.
If you don’t know what equal temperament is, you could definitely learn more about how pianos are tuned and why pianos were tuned differently during different times in history!
Use this free resource to learn about the process, the tools you’ll need, and to be encouraged that you can indeed learn how to tune a piano.
It’s a great starting point. But I heartily recommend the Piano Tuning Video -- you have a master teacher guiding you through the learning process!