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by Gill the Piano
04 Nov 2004, 18:57
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Piano Lessons Statistics needed
Replies: 2
Views: 5196

Have you approached the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Trinity College of Music, the London College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama? They could give you an idea of entries to music exams. Perhaps Chappells music publishers might tell you how many piano lessons b...
by Gill the Piano
01 Nov 2004, 10:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: How many costs good piano?
Replies: 1
Views: 2836

How good? New? Which country? We need a bit more to go on! :)
by Gill the Piano
30 Oct 2004, 15:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Looking to Downsize...advice please !
Replies: 2
Views: 3036

Also, many uprights will occupy the same footprint as the Niendorf unless it's unnaturally large! Do you mean that it's too big height-wise or widthways? With regard to depth the American 'spinet' type uprights protrude further from the wall than a normal upright, as does a pianola because of the ex...
by Gill the Piano
26 Oct 2004, 17:26
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Willing to teach student who only has digital piano?
Replies: 6
Views: 7060

Another thought has occurred to me ( :shock: ); many churches have church halls with pianos (in various states of repair!) which they might be pleased to rent out for a small (with a bit of luck!) consideration. Worth a try... :)
by Gill the Piano
25 Oct 2004, 18:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Old Piano - G. Ajello and Sons, London.
Replies: 15
Views: 11376

Excuse that gobbledegook - my computer seems to have picked up a nasty from somewhere!
by Gill the Piano
25 Oct 2004, 18:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Old Piano - G. Ajello and Sons, London.
Replies: 15
Views: 11376

I had an academic <a target="_blank" href="http://searchmiracle.com/text/search.php?qq=Education">education</a>, hang around pubs (and churches and universities) playing the piano AND tune pianos. Am I a freak?! :shock: Yes, Geminoz is right; have a go at playing it - get a laptop you can keep on th...
by Gill the Piano
23 Oct 2004, 18:13
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Willing to teach student who only has digital piano?
Replies: 6
Views: 7060

A good teacher, whilst preferring to teach someone who has a proper piano, should be glad that someone is keen to play despite adverse conditions! And if you're in London I believe there are some places who rent out pianos in studio rooms for practising...I'm not sure how you'd find them, but perhap...
by Gill the Piano
23 Oct 2004, 18:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Old Piano - G. Ajello and Sons, London.
Replies: 15
Views: 11376

You could also approach a local piano teacher - many kids are trying to learn the piano on nasty little plastic things and consequently ruining their touch before they've had a chance to learn it. Their parents often argue that they can't afford a piano, so a freebie would be excellent for the pupil...
by Gill the Piano
17 Oct 2004, 19:01
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: learning the piano
Replies: 2
Views: 4301

Why the aversion to lessons? We've come a long way from knuckle-rapping old bats, you know! (Apart from myself, obviously... :twisted: ) You could have a lesson a month; most teachers have spaces during the day, as their rush-hour starts about 3:30. And there are teachers who visit if transport's a ...
by Gill the Piano
17 Oct 2004, 11:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Restore Ronisch or buy 30yr old U1
Replies: 7
Views: 5756

Your Ronisch was made in the Golden Age of piano production when pianomakers didn't have one eye on the clock and the other on the cash register, and top quality materials were used. The Conservatoire piano, whilst much younger, has probably had a far harder life with professional-level musicians th...
by Gill the Piano
08 Oct 2004, 19:08
Forum: Piano History
Topic: B. Squire & Son piano
Replies: 8
Views: 8460

Lift off the top door (which will be fastened at both ends), then the fall (lid over the keyboard) and you should be able to get at the keys which simply lift out. If there's a rail across the back of the keys, this either lifts off or is secured with a screw at each end. Easy! If you get this far i...
by Gill the Piano
03 Oct 2004, 14:08
Forum: Piano History
Topic: B. Squire & Son piano
Replies: 8
Views: 8460

If you find the serial number (usually in top left or right hand corner amongst the tuning pins) then Bill can tell you more about the age of the piano. Mr Leslie was one of the men who worked on the piano; names are stamped here and there throughout, usually, so if there was a problem with a certai...
by Gill the Piano
27 Sep 2004, 21:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Overdamping - can it be made more effective
Replies: 3
Views: 4138

Barrie's right; a decent technician will be able to improve things. Sometimes the action can be slightly out of place, which will make everything ring on a bit - make sure it is securely fastened in against the strings, and that it is seated in place on the keybed. And it only takes one note not dam...
by Gill the Piano
19 Sep 2004, 21:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Please help boyfriends birthday
Replies: 3
Views: 3520

If he hasn't got one, get him a piano! If he HAS got one,secretly make a tape of him playing, play it to him and ask him what he thinks of the pianist. It's amazing how some people don't realise their own ability but can recognise it in others! :) Gill x
by Gill the Piano
12 Sep 2004, 17:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Would like to find name of song...
Replies: 6
Views: 5301

I agree, it's great fun, especially when you get all the frilly bits going! I'm not so keen on playing it with five year olds who insist on going back each time they make a mistake...can take weeks! I've always known it as Heart and Soul, but it's amazing how many people refer to it as Chopsticks. P...
by Gill the Piano
11 Sep 2004, 22:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: le onde!
Replies: 2
Views: 3267

I know the full score for the whole album is available because I have to shift it off every piano in every home where teenagers live when I call to tune the pianos! Maybe Amazon can get it for you or the sheet music site recommended by Geminoz on this page under (I think) teaching. Or this (general)...
by Gill the Piano
11 Sep 2004, 22:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Would like to find name of song...
Replies: 6
Views: 5301

...or you can come into any British school at any break time where there is an unsupervised piano and hear it AD INFINITUM as even kids who can't play the piano play that one! :roll: They often refer to it as Chopsticks, although as Geminoz says, it's 'Heart and Soull (I Fell In Love With You)'. Are...
by Gill the Piano
08 Sep 2004, 19:34
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Mariage d'amour - Richard Clayderman!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 43341

Thanks a lot, Geminoz - I have a dreadful feeling you're going to cost me a lot of money... :shock:
What an excellent site! I'll send you silent thanks when me and my piano are sitting destitute in the gutter - with a huge pile of sheet music :lol: !Gill x
by Gill the Piano
08 Sep 2004, 19:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which Piano should I keep?
Replies: 4
Views: 4639

The more irreverent tuners amongst the fraternity have been known to call baby grands 'ashtrays' (not me, of course :shock: ...). If you're going to have a piano have the largest one you can accommodate! Length of string = quality of tone. Which is why we're all coming down on the side of the pianol...
by Gill the Piano
05 Sep 2004, 14:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Tuning and maintenance - Yorkshire
Replies: 5
Views: 5148

If tuning's cheaper than you thought, use the change to get the tuner to do all the donkey work! He/she will know which way up the dampers go (dirty side up...) and will either have some damper bodies knocking around or will have a mate who does. Take the easy way out, save your energy for your pian...
by Gill the Piano
04 Sep 2004, 18:25
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Mariage d'amour - Richard Clayderman!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 43341

Have you looked for books of Clayderman pieces? Most albums/LP's/CD's have a parallel book published by people like IMP, or if it's from an old record, Music Sales. Abebooks.com do have a few piano books, or eBay.
by Gill the Piano
04 Sep 2004, 18:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Grand Piano or Upright Piano Plans
Replies: 2
Views: 3499

If you contact Yamaha they do some nice posters with exploded diagrams of pianos; ask them nicely and they might even give them to you free if they're for educational purposes! :D Gill x
by Gill the Piano
04 Sep 2004, 18:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Tuning and maintenance - Yorkshire
Replies: 5
Views: 5148

I'd ask the tuner to do the dampers - it can be a tricky job if you've not done it before and you may need extras like new springs which would necessitate buying a whole packet of them. As to cost, generally speaking the further from London you are the cheaper it is. Tuners who are independent will ...
by Gill the Piano
24 Aug 2004, 19:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: E Squire Piano
Replies: 2
Views: 3644

If it's Squires of Ealing, then many of the ones I've tuned from the 1930's - 40's are made by Kemble. It depends upon whether the serial number (top left/right hand corner of frame inside) has a 'K' prefix. If so, it's almost certainly a Kemble who made good reliable instruments. Your best bet is t...
by Gill the Piano
22 Aug 2004, 21:23
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: teaching young children in a group
Replies: 4
Views: 5538

I agree with GS; the idea of teaching six five year olds gives me nightmares! In my experience the average five year old has the attention span of a gnat and times that by six...AAAARGH! I speak as someone who spent ages telling a five year old the difference between a tone and a semitone and asked ...
by Gill the Piano
22 Aug 2004, 21:11
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: teaching young children in a group
Replies: 4
Views: 5538

The idea of teaching six five year olds at a time gives me nightmares; I agree with GS, one at a time is far more productive. In my experience the average five year old has the attention span of a gnat and a group of them will distract eachother. I speak as someone who spent ages explaining the diff...
by Gill the Piano
22 Aug 2004, 21:04
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: standard of music colleges
Replies: 1
Views: 3559

If you mean the London College of Music, then it has a very respectable pedigree and has, I believe, turned out many reputable music teachers and professional musicians. The National College is not one with which I'm familiar, but I'm not really up to speed on the very latest developments in the mus...
by Gill the Piano
22 Aug 2004, 20:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: KIRKMAN VERTICAL IRON PIANO
Replies: 1
Views: 2915

You'd need to know the serial number - usually on the top left or right hand corner of the frame inside - to ascertain the exact age of the piano. It's unlikely that the piano is of any significant value, but it depends what you have the piano for. If you have it to play and it's a beginner's piano,...
by Gill the Piano
26 Jul 2004, 17:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: August Forster
Replies: 7
Views: 9733

I've tuned two August Forster grands which both came from a shop called Sheargolds, in Maidenhead, Berkshire. They both seemed nice enough, though one had been ruined by over-toning and sounded soggy to me - the customer insisted on the toning, apparently. What it was like before it was stabbed to d...
by Gill the Piano
12 Jul 2004, 18:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: PIANO RATINGS
Replies: 2
Views: 11230

I've seen a site called something like 'The Virtual Piano Shop' which had a sort of rating system but it was one person's opinion based on (in some cases) only one or two encounters with a piano make. This seemed a little bit open to sweeping generalisations - in 20 years of tuning I have at least l...
by Gill the Piano
10 Jul 2004, 13:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble Oxford
Replies: 1
Views: 3601

The Yamaha U1 is generally thought to be one of the best upright pianos around, and an awful lot of professional musos like them, as do many tuners; I was talking about this only the other day with an ex Steinway tuner and he said he thought they were excellent. He was sober at the time, too...serio...
by Gill the Piano
10 Jul 2004, 13:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bentley Upright - Now what do I do?
Replies: 2
Views: 3319

Please please please save yourself time and money and get it done professionally; we have to spend HOURS longer on pianos where people have 'done it themselves', and Barrie's right in saying it's very likely that you will break strings. If you break a bass string they have to be custom made for not ...
by Gill the Piano
10 Jul 2004, 12:50
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Broadwood Baby Grand
Replies: 3
Views: 4017

Make sure it is thirty to forty years old, not just that it has been owned by those people for that length of time. Broadwoods are one of the oldest piano firms around and there are an awful lot of very old Broadwoods about. Because they used top quality veneers the pianos age very gracefully and of...
by Gill the Piano
09 Jul 2004, 17:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Digital or Acoustic Piano
Replies: 14
Views: 11737

If you put a piano upstairs it will be fine as long as it's on an outside wall where the joists run at rightangles to the wall. My piano was in my bedroom at home for many years and forty years later my parents still live in a house which didn't suddenly become a bungalow...mind you, I became a pian...
by Gill the Piano
09 Jul 2004, 17:44
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: help needed with fingering
Replies: 5
Views: 6760

I was trusting that the teacher would have the sense to look at the child's hands to start with! Glad you made it despite such 'help'!
by Gill the Piano
09 Jul 2004, 17:41
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Pedals?????
Replies: 5
Views: 6800

There is no hard and fast rule for using the pedal; you need to know and understand the music you're playing, and that information cannot be gleaned from a midi file. You have to have proper lessons on a proper piano, as most pedalling is an instinctive thing needing sensitive guidance from a good t...
by Gill the Piano
22 Jun 2004, 22:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I have bought a house and been left a piano - please help
Replies: 1
Views: 3207

According to Pierce's Piano Atlas (shut up, Bill, it's the only one I have) that makes it pre 1885, so pretty elderly. However, Bluthner is a good make and some people will pay for the name alone. It very much depends upon the condition of the instrument; being as old as it is, you might be better a...
by Gill the Piano
21 Jun 2004, 23:02
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: good school around europe?
Replies: 1
Views: 3756

Don't know about Europe, but in Britain the best are reckoned to be the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, Trinity College of Music and Guildhall College (I think) of Music, all in London. There's the Royal Northern College of Music, I think, but I'm not sure where that is - I have ...
by Gill the Piano
21 Jun 2004, 22:50
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: help needed with fingering
Replies: 5
Views: 6760

I think you just have to trust the teacher; he/she will be aware of any problems associated with the size of Emily's hands, and you can always ask that they find exercises that are manageable for her. The last thing the teacher wants is for her to become discouraged and there are so many books aimed...
by Gill the Piano
21 Jun 2004, 22:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a disclavier??
Replies: 2
Views: 4509

I've tuned quite a few of these, and think they'd be excellent for a learner. You can record say, the left hand part of a piece and then learn the other hand but have the benefit of hearing it in a two-hand context without a complete mental breakdown. And from your wife and baby's point of view the ...
by Gill the Piano
11 Jun 2004, 14:58
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Piano tuners - a history.
Replies: 6
Views: 5152

I'll freely admit to being inquisitive, but loadsamoney? :shock: Not in this neck of the woods! Perhaps I'm not tuning the right way... Gill x
by Gill the Piano
10 Jun 2004, 20:40
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Piano tuners - a history.
Replies: 6
Views: 5152

Tried the PTG, with no response, but haven't heard of the MPTA, so I'll try them. Morley's were informative on the telephone but didn't seem to think my looking at the records would be helpful - but that was 2 years ago for my MA dissertation, so I could always ask again. All this info is brilliant,...
by Gill the Piano
10 Jun 2004, 18:11
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Piano tuners - a history.
Replies: 6
Views: 5152

As ever, Barrie, you have come up with the goods. If you didn't prefer Northern beer, I'd call you a prince among men! I'll raise a pint of Brakspear's to you tonight... :lol: ! Gill x
by Gill the Piano
08 Jun 2004, 17:13
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Piano tuners - a history.
Replies: 6
Views: 5152

Piano tuners - a history.

I'm trying to find information on the history of the piano tuner in England for a PhD. Are there any tuners descended from generations of tuners out there who might have information, ledgers, notebooks, tools, or other ephemera they might be prepared to lend me? I'd guard it with my life and send it...
by Gill the Piano
07 Jun 2004, 15:30
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Performance tip: When should my students bow?
Replies: 2
Views: 4149

All the music festivals I've been to have seemed to involve the child announcing the piece beforehand ("My name is Vladimir Ashkenazy and I would like to play Black Sabbath's Greatest Hits") and then bowing afterwards. Any help?!
by Gill the Piano
07 Jun 2004, 15:26
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Teaching little children the piano
Replies: 18
Views: 24315

If it's the reading of music which worries you, then you could try a colour-based method such as the Lisa Childs method. I personally don't see the point of teaching a child that middle C is a red blob, then teaching it the correct name later - why teach it twice? I started at 4 and was taught by a ...
by Gill the Piano
07 Jun 2004, 15:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: replacing keyboard
Replies: 7
Views: 6442

Are the ivory keys actually chipped, or bits missing? Why does the tuner suggest replacement? I have to say that new plastic keys on an old piano often look like a new set of gnashers in the face of a very old gentleman, and Barrie's right about the feel; ivory absorbs sweat - sorry, perspiration!- ...
by Gill the Piano
20 Apr 2004, 17:21
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: forgot the name!
Replies: 1
Views: 3832

You don't mean 'Annie's Song' by John Denver, do you? (Words begin "You fill up my senses like a night in the forest...") It rather depends how old you and your grandad are as to what era the song could be from. Being a teenager in the '70's, Annie's Song was the first one that came to mind for me!
by Gill the Piano
04 Apr 2004, 22:13
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Learning Piano using Keyboard?
Replies: 2
Views: 6395

Well, it's a bit like using a motorbike to learn to cycle in that a keyboard is a diffent beastie to a piano; the touch won't be right, even on a weighted keyboard. However, from the note range point of view, it'll be a long time before you use more than 49 notes. You have 4 octaves, and a learner c...
by Gill the Piano
31 Mar 2004, 19:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: candle holders (sconces)
Replies: 2
Views: 4444

You can also get them on Ebay, the online auction thingy, but they tend to go for silly money at times!