Published on June 30th, 2019 | by admin
Tips For Tuning Your Piano At Home
Are you a maestro on the piano? Do you like to tinker with the keys while friends and family are gathered for a holiday party? Are you picking up piano again after many years?
Whatever your level of musicianship, having a piano that’s in top notch shape is paramount. That means you’ll need to get it tuned.
You could visit a piano repair shop and have a piano restoration employee to get your piano sounding its best, but if you’ve got time, patience and a strong ear you can avoid a costly piano repairs by tuning your piano yourself. Ideally, a piano should be tuned between 2-4 times a year as weather and humidity can affect the sound of your piano.
So you’re going to tune your own piano? First things first, you’re going to need equipment: shop online for piano tuning tools and don’t be afraid to invest in quality pieces. If you’re a musician who plays the piano a lot, you’re going to need some long-lasting equipment.
You’re going to need a good piano tuning level. Expect to spend about $50 on a good one and you want to make sure you also get the right tip. Different tips are able to grip the tuning pin tighter or looser depending on which one you get, but if you want to play it safe just get a standard No. 2. You’re also going to want to get a variety of mutes, which will help you when you’re tuning strings for your individual keys.
Probably the most important tool you’re going to need is a piano tuner. If you’re not able or willing to spend the money on a chromatic tuner, there are apps you can download that will help you in your piano tuning. But if you do have the money, a chromatic tuner is a good investment. You might pay somewhere between $500 and $1,000, but it will give you the proper tone every time.
Now that you’ve got the tools, let’s get to piano tuning:
- Removal the panels: If you’re going to tune a piano, you’re going to need to remove your piano’s external panels to get to the strings. Get some dust rags since chances are good your piano is probably going to be very dusty. Get yourself a flashlight so you can see what the heck you’re doing.
- Review the strings: if you’re a tuning novice, you’re going to want to get familiar with all the strings and which keys they’re attached to. You don’t want to accidently end up tuning the wrong strings during the process, so you’re going to want to know what goes where and what goes with what.
- Start with C: When it comes to tuning a piano, the most common tuning is A440. Keep in mind that mid-treble note has three strings. To start tuning, mute the first two strings so you can hear the third one by itself. Use your tuner to tune that string and then tune the other two strings to match the first one and do it by ear.
- Turn the pin for the string: When it comes to tuning, take your tuning lever, put it at the top of the pin and make slight movement to correctly tune your piano. The key here is to be gentle. Remember that turning the pin to the right (clockwise), raises the pitch. Turning it left, lowers the pitch. You want to make sure you’ve got steady hands and make slight turns to check the tones until you get the right one.
- Set your pin: Once you’ve found the right tone, you’ll want to set the pin. This is done by tightening the pin to the right slightly and then turning it slightly left to get it to the perfect pitch. This might takes some practice to get right.
- Tune in octaves: Once you’ve turned your middle A, you can tune lower A and follow along the keyboard until the whole piano is done.
Once you’ve done all those steps, sit down and play your piano. If you’re unsure of what to do, a piano repair shop can help you or someone from a piano repair shop can tune it for you.