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So this kind letter from an otherwise firm enemy explains most of what is important. What is not spelled out is that Van Cliburn’s performance the next evening was at the state dinner at the White House with President Reagan and, at the time, General Secretary Gorbachev. For one brief shining moment I was 1 […]
Indian Summer In youth, it was a way I had To do my best to please, And change, with every passing lad, To suit his theories. But now I know the things I know, And do the things I do; And if you do not like me so, To hell, my love, with you!
I’ve taken on an action rebuilding project recently. The piano is a Steinway model L from the 40’s. The piano is being rebuilt by my friends and fellow PTG members Jim and Amy Tiernan of Dog House Pianos. I specialize in action work, tuning and voicing and am happy to have somebody else do the […]
Maria Schneider is one of my musical heroes. She composes for Jazz Orchestra and has brought a welcome new approach to a venerable musical style. This post is related to piano work, but you’ll have to read it all to figure out what the connection is. First, what is a jazz orchestra? If you’re of […]
I’ll be teaching 3 classes at NEECSO, the New England and Eastern Canada Regional Seminar, presented by the Piano Technicians Guild. My classes cover both technical and marketing subjects, including: Practical Voicing: A real world approach to voicing intended for new and intermediate voicers Refined Tunings with ETDs: Presenting ways to refine tunings by ear, […]
A duplex scale is a length of the string, other than the speaking length, that is intended to vibrate sympathetically. That’s my definition, how they define it at the Oscar Walcker School is not known to me. There is often a rear duplex, but there can also be a front duplex, making it a triplex? The […]
This should help you understand the concept and reality of aftertouch.
I realize there are opportunities for jokes here, but this article from the University College of London about piano tuning is quite interesting. The process of training ones ear to hear “partials” or the harmonics of a vibrating string is quite difficult and takes a long time. But the process can be rewarding, in a […]
I actually forgot where I came across this wonderful piece of international marketing. I’ve been carrying it around in its own ph balanced box for years. There are a number of things that make this piece unique and powerful. First is the format. It’s rather large, multipage printed on a wonderful, thick paper. But the […]