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by Gill the Piano
05 Sep 2004, 14:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Tuning and maintenance - Yorkshire
Replies: 5
Views: 4667

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: 41103

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: 3251

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: 4667

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: 3490

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: 5024

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: 5024

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: 3302

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: 2687

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: 9033

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: 11060

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: 3460

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: 3063

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: 3582

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: 10514

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: 6071

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: 6025

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: 2965

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: 3467

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: 6071

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: 4237

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: 4694

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: 4694

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: 4694

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: 4694

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: 3629

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: 22940

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: 5474

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: 3471

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: 5656

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: 4158

You can also get them on Ebay, the online auction thingy, but they tend to go for silly money at times!
by Gill the Piano
16 Mar 2004, 20:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Revitalising felts
Replies: 2
Views: 3670

The first thing I usually check is that the action is in place correctly; in a place like a church, where pianos often get shunted around, the action can sometimes get dislodged, especially if it only has a brass hook either end of the action to hold it in position.(Overenthusiastic pedalling can so...
by Gill the Piano
14 Mar 2004, 20:43
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: age of teaching
Replies: 4
Views: 5228

I don't know where you live, but around here all teachers have waiting lists. If you're still having lessons you could ask your teacher if she/he would supervise you if you took on a few beginners, perhaps from their waiting list. That way if you hit a problem you could ask for advice. I started a f...
by Gill the Piano
14 Mar 2004, 20:36
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Piano excercises
Replies: 3
Views: 5341

My teacher made me do the Wieck studies by Clara Wieck (later Mrs Clara Schumann!) and these were the exercises devised by her father. They're melodious and interesting...more so than Hanon and Czerny, I thought, but then I never liked studies! :roll: I think they're published by Edition Peters. Hav...
by Gill the Piano
14 Mar 2004, 20:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which type is good?
Replies: 1
Views: 3556

Have you actually measured the footprint of a lavinova compared to a proper (small) upright piano? You might find that the difference isn't as big as you think, and a Grade VII pianist would probably prefer to play on a piano. Just a thought! :)
by Gill the Piano
14 Mar 2004, 20:19
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: teacher recomendation
Replies: 2
Views: 4835

Try asking at your local music shop, or try the Incorporated Society of Musicians, who probably have a website you can look on. They have a recommended scale of fees which is to the high end of what people usually pay, but you can be sure that the teachers are well-qualified. The UK Piano Page has a...
by Gill the Piano
04 Mar 2004, 18:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Is White all right?
Replies: 3
Views: 5645

Just a thought; a few of the white UPRIGHTS I tune have shown signs of yellowing, even in homes where nobody smokes. These pianos are all 1970's -80's ones, so whether that trait has been put right or not I'm not sure. I was talking to an ex-Steinway tuner today who told me that Steinway let a conce...
by Gill the Piano
12 Feb 2004, 19:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Where can I learn/study piano tuning & repair?
Replies: 18
Views: 8853

There used to be a course at Newark on Trent when I first looked at colleges 24 years Ago (aaargh!) but I don't know if it's still going. Stevenson College in Scotland was another one, I think, in either Edinburgh (posh) or Glasgow (not so posh). It's all so long ago...! The Pianoforte Tuners Associ...
by Gill the Piano
06 Feb 2004, 20:16
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: learn to play piano from scratch !!!!!!!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 7426

A lot of people like the Complete Piano Player series by Kenneth Baker; it uses familiar songs (Abba, Elvis, Beatles, etc), doesn't go too fast but neither does it assume you're an idiot. There's a useful keyboard indicator/chart stuck in the back which you fit at the back of your keyboard and helps...
by Gill the Piano
15 Jan 2004, 22:14
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Which Exam borad should I choose?
Replies: 7
Views: 13273

...they seem to focus quite closely on scales...
...in which case I'm very glad I didn't do the Guildhall exams!
by Gill the Piano
13 Jan 2004, 22:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: black v wood upright piano
Replies: 3
Views: 5264

If he wants to buy a black one, let 'im polish it; they show fingerprints and dust like nobody's business, and if you chip a high gloss polyester finish it has to be repaired professionally to be perfect. Depends how well-behaved your family are! Amongst my customers who have new pianos, the black p...
by Gill the Piano
12 Jan 2004, 16:35
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Which Exam borad should I choose?
Replies: 7
Views: 13273

All of the boards you listed are internationally recognised, but the ABRSM is probably the one which is most commonly used by teachers both here and abroad. Both Trinity and Guildhall are respected institutions in this country, but I'm not sure how they are viewed elsewhere. The grades of all three ...
by Gill the Piano
10 Jan 2004, 17:51
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Learning after long hiatus!!
Replies: 2
Views: 4391

Try your local music shop; they'll know most of the piano teachers locally and will probably be able to tell you who'd suit you. Alternatively, try the Incorporated Society of Musicians who'll be able to give you the name of a qualified and experienced teacher in your area. No idea how you find 'em;...
by Gill the Piano
22 Dec 2003, 22:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Carl Schatzlien Upright Piano
Replies: 5
Views: 4856

You could just put an ad in a FreeAds or Loot type publication - Free To Good Home, that sort of thing. You may find a family who would like a piano but can't afford one. Also shop-window ads are cheap and effective.
Good luck!
Gill x
by Gill the Piano
21 Dec 2003, 18:24
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Learning by Listening
Replies: 6
Views: 11067

Here Newt, have a laugh on me; I played at an old dears' carol singsong today and took a stack of music with me. 'Any requests?' some fool asked. 'Silent Night', they wanted. Now you and I know how simple that is...but I couldn't find the music and was petrified! Yet I should have been able to do it...
by Gill the Piano
15 Dec 2003, 21:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: some help needed for a newbie learner
Replies: 4
Views: 5231

There are also older six octave pianos about, by makers such as Zender, made in the 1960's and 1970's. You might pick one up for about &500 (I'm near London, so prices are higher.) I'm not saying that's what they're worth, but many of the houses they're throwing up these days are so small that small...
by Gill the Piano
14 Dec 2003, 00:31
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Learning by Listening
Replies: 6
Views: 11067

No, not academic self preservation - just fear :shock: or self conciousness, call it what you will: that's why I said it was like (NOT the same as!) playing from memory. The trouble with starting piano lessons at the age of 4 is that doing without music is a bit like getting rid of the stabilisers o...
by Gill the Piano
29 Nov 2003, 19:35
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Learning by Listening
Replies: 6
Views: 11067

Teaching to play someone by ear is difficult; you need a natural ability to play without music - such as you yourself have. I have played the piano since I was 4, but the thought of playing from memory fills me with horror, let alone playing by ear - and I've got all sorts of musical qualifications!...
by Gill the Piano
30 Oct 2003, 20:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano not holding tune
Replies: 3
Views: 5150

Sounds obvious, but when you buy a piano it's usually been sold because the former owner didn't want it. If they didn't want it, they wouldn't have played it and certainly wouldn't have spent money on getting it tuned, so when you bought it, that could have been its first tuning in a long long time....
by Gill the Piano
28 Oct 2003, 19:54
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Teaching Piano In England
Replies: 2
Views: 5019

Basically, most piano teachers in this country use the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music for examinations, but the Guildhall School of Music, Trinity College of Music and the London College of Music are also used extensively. There are eight grades in all these boards' systems, then the...