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art of tuning the piano

Hermann Smith

art of tuning the piano

a new and comprehensive treatise, to enable the musician to tune his pianoforte upon thesystem founded on the theory of equal temperament.

by Hermann Smith

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Published by William Reeves in London .
Written in English


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Open LibraryOL13751494M

The original plates, musical examples illustrating the text, are included in the pdf, and are available as jpg files at the end of the text version. The first harmonic or fundamental frequency is usually the loudest, and determines the pitch that is perceived. The piano would be easy to tune if you only needed to recognize just intervals, but that is not the way it is. The physical scale, used by the voice and by flexible pitched instruments like the violin, the bass, etc.

Having finished the bass, you should retune the treble from C 1just as you did it the first time. In old pianos, whose cases are generally not very solid and often give to the pulling of the lower strings, you should begin by tuning the bass before the treble, which will not prevent you from needing to go over it a second time see fig. In the Berlin strings, the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. A revised table of market values of used and rebuilt pianos. In equal temperamentfor instance, a fifth would be tempered by narrowing it slightly, achieved by flattening its upper pitch slightly, or raising its lower pitch slightly.

The rising octaves must be a bit too high as you move upwards, especially in new pianos, which are strung with strong strings and whose trebles go considerably flat. And they have negligible affect on the sound. Having become assured by this sequence of chords that all keys are equally tolerable, you should play a chromatic scale in octaves with your right hand, starting on C 10to be certain of the tuning of the treble, and play a descending chromatic scale in octaves with the left hand, starting on E 1to be certain of the tuning of the bass. Tune the lowest string, then remove the mute and tune the unison of that note. There is also an interesting section on hammer weights. See fig.


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Art of tuning the piano book

The top row indicates absolute frequencies of the pitches; usually only A is determined from an external reference. Check our 'Site Updates' for the latest news. However, the Boisselots did not pursue their invention, and Montal included his own adaptation of that mechanism in his pianos, including a version for uprights, and exhibited pianos with sostenuto pedal at the International Expositions of[17][18] and Contains over detailed illustrations.

Mean temperament is the name given to the operation consisting of reversing in a uniform way the alteration of certain intervals, so as to divide the octave into twelve equal semi-tones, which makes all the tones equally just, or more precisely equally false; for none must be rigorously just, but only tolerable.

A tuner starts by using an external reference, usually an A tuning forkor commonly a C Having sold over 45, copies of the first edition. The tuning pins are placed obliquely two by two or three by three for each unison, depending whether the piano is double or triple strung; i. Having arrived at the last two strings, being unable to place the mute above, leave it below.

Text is in English and German. This fluctuation in the sound intensity is a result of two or more tones of similar frequencies being played together. To tune the bass notes of this table, proceed as follows: 1 Place the mute below the two strings of the E immediately following the lowest A of the partition, which is a black note in the table, and marked with the number 1.

Available ebook formats: epub mobi pdf lrf pdb txt html. My partition is made from an uninterrupted series of twelve descending narrow and equally tempered fifths, of which the last rejoins the first, and which for that reasons forms the harmonic circle.

Tuning a piano by ear, also called oral tuning, does not rely on perfect or absolute pitch. Serious piano technicians will want to read and own this excellent reference book. He went far beyond the topic of piano tuning, providing advice on how to judge the quality of an instrument and how well it was built, how to care for a piano, how to do most of the necessary repairs to keep it functioning well, even instructions for packing a piano in a crate for moving.

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We know that musicians divide the interval of a whole step into nine equal parts called commas; we also know that the sharp raises a tone by five commas, and the flat lowers it by the same quantity. He began with one helper inand by he had 13 employees and had completed instruments.

In this expanded book, he covered a wide range of topics, including repairs and the history of the piano.

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Inthe year of his death, Montal published a revised version, [24] which brought his initial book up to date, covering the changes that had taken place in the intervening 30 years.

He also produced very decorative instruments, seeking inroads into the luxury market. Just 7" x 5" x 2" when closed.You know, a fine piano is a work of art. Therefore, to treat it rough, carelessly or negligent it is to commit a crime against a beautiful piece of expensive craftsmanship.

To pay a lot of money for a fine piano and then allow it to go to ruin for lack of expert care is not merely aesthetically wrong it is bad business. His book was aimed at both professionals and complete novices – his title was The Art of Tuning Your Own Piano Yourself – so he wrote in a very basic, direct and detailed way, describing everything very vividly.

He went far beyond the topic of piano tuning, providing advice on how to judge the quality of an instrument and how well it was. UNDER THE LID The Art & Craft of the Concert Piano Technician by Stephen H.

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Piano tuning

Aural piano tuning. Piano tuning is the act of adjusting the tension of the strings of an acoustic piano so that the musical intervals between strings are in tune. The meaning of the term 'in tune', in the context of piano tuning, is not simply a particular fixed set of pitches. Fine piano tuning requires an assessment of the vibration interaction among notes.