Frequently asked questions about Piano Tuning Course
- Do I need to spend a lot of money on tuning tools?
No, you can get started with a basic tuning kit for about $75. This includes a beginner's tuning hammer, a tuning fork, a felt temperament strip and some rubber mutes. These are all the tools that you need to get started.
The beginner's tuning hammer is suitable for occasional use. It has a non-replaceable, one-piece head and #2 star tip. If you intend to do a lot of tuning, you may prefer a more sturdy professional model.
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- Is it difficult to tune my own piano?
First of all, I would say no, it is not that difficult. Anyone with average ability and a willingness to learn can tune a piano. You do not have to be exceptionally gifted or musical. Although it is an asset to be able to play the piano, many excellent piano tuners have never had a piano lesson in their lives.
- How long does it take to learn to tune my piano?
Well, that depends on how much time you can put into practicing. Some people have learned to do an acceptable tuning in about 2 weeks. Others can take much longer. A lot of the learning process is just practicing your tuning until you get the "feel" of it. Most formal courses extend over 1 - 2 years which include instruction not only in tuning but in all aspects of piano technology and the proper use of all the tuning & repair tools.
- Can I really learn to tune my own piano without professional instruction?
To be sure, having a professional by your side to guide you would be ideal. However, you will find it very difficult to find a piano technician that is willing to give you personal instruction. If you did find one, his fee would probably be more than you would be willing to pay.
I am offering you an inexpensive way to learn to tune your own piano, and with the personal guidance that I give you (2 hours of free consultation by email) with the purchase of your eBook, this is the next best method. I can also provide you with all the tools and supplies that you may need in your new career.
- Can I make a living, tuning pianos?
Certainly you can! You may not get rich but you will be able to make a comfortable living. Of course this will not happen all at once. It takes time to build up any business but once you have an established clientele, you should be able to do quite well.
If you live in a very small community, of course your earning potential would be less. You may have to consider doing some travelling to get enough business.
- If I need more training, are there schools for piano technicians where I could attend for a complete study of piano technology?
Yes, I can refer you to some excellent schools for piano technicians. You may also wish to consider getting employment at a local piano shop where you could earn while you learn.
Some piano dealers also have rebuilding shops so if you could get a job with one of these dealers you could get more experience tuning pianos as well as repair & rebuilding. You would probably have to provide your own tools.
- All the piano technicians I know are male. Is the field of piano technology open to women?
Yes, of course! Gender has nothing to do with a person's fitness for this occupation. It is true that piano tuning has been traditionally performed by men, however, that is changing and a good number of women are entering the trade and doing excellent work.
- The only piano technicians I knew of were blind. Is the piano tuning profession especially suited to the visually impaired?
Yes, this is an occupation that individuals with a visual impairment are especially suited for. In fact there is a special school dedicated to the training of such individuals.
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- Do you tune a piano by ear, or do you use a machine?
My personal preference is to tune a piano by ear. That is the method I was taught and I find that I can do the most satisfying tuning with this method.
I have used electronic tuners as well but prefer the aural method.
- Should I learn to tune by ear, or should I start with an electronic tuner?
It is difficult to say whether one method is better than the other. You can learn to do an excellent tuning by either method provided you invest in a high quality electronic tuner. The good ones are quite expensive and you may not wish to spend a lot of money starting out.
I would recommend that you begin by purchasing a basic kit of tuning tools and learn tuning by ear, and then if you wish to invest in an electronic tuning device later, you can.
- I am left handed, can I still learn to tune a piano?
Yes, you can tune a piano right or left handed. In fact it is good to be able to manipulate the tuning hammer with either hand. Tuning tools can be used with either hand.
Sometimes you will find a piano that has been pushed into a corner and the treble end is right up against the wall. This makes it very awkward to hold the tuning hammer with your right hand. Switch to your left hand.
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