In-Tune, the Piano World Newsletter
April / May 2016 Issue
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Yes, we are organizing another tour of the Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory!
It's been a few years since we've taken a group on the tour, but we're going to fix that now.
I've been in touch with our friends at M&H and they are happy to host our group.
We still need to agree on a date, but we're looking at probably the middle of July or end of August. Mostly because we've learned that people like the option of bringing their children but they prefer not to have to take them out of school for the day. All tours are on a week day, so we will aim for getting one in before the kids go back to school. Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour Details
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The good folks in Denver are planning another piano party. Denver Piano Party Details
Pittsfield MA Piano Party?
Member Ghazi has suggested he/she would be interested in hosting a piano party at the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, MA
If you live anywhere within driving distance, you know it's pretty country in the Bershire County area.
Berkshire County / Pittsfield MA Piano Party
The EPP 2016 planning is progressing nicely!
2013 it was Brussels, Belgium
2014 it was in Lisbon, Portugal
2015 was Lucerne, Switzerland
2016 is going to be in ... insert drum roll .... Milan, Italy!
Kathy and I are going to this one!
More About the EPP Piano Party
Members are still trying to organize a piano party in Bulgaria. If you think you might be interested, please check it out.
Bulgaria Piano Party
Not sure what a piano party is? Check out the links above, and this forum Forum Members Parties, Tours, Cruises, & Meetings
Also, see this Collection of Piano Parties and Tours compiled by one of our moderators (thank you Casinitaly).
I promise I can help you make your piano sound more beautiful. More like a violin than a drum. How can I make such a promise?
Because I've discovered a link between the degree of pressure the fingers apply to the keys and what goes on inside our hands when we play the piano. I waded through medical textbooks on hand anatomy. It turned out that playing the piano causes our hand muscles to become unbalanced.
For individual finger movements it's imperceptible. However, with repetition the cumulative effect of playing with unbalanced muscles is profound. For example, among classical pianists the amount of hand injuries is far in excess of what would occur merely by chance. For the rest of us, our range of tones is seriously limited, and that included me for most of my life. I've developed two muscle-balancing exercises, one for the thumbs and one for the other four fingers. Better yet, they don't take long to do.
Best of all, they make all the difference. Once I began balancing my hand muscles, my piano started sounding better and better. And so can yours.
"An awesome contribution" -Wm. F. Buckley, jr.
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The Eldar Trio
The Saco River Theatre is thrilled to welcome the staggeringly talented Grammy-nominated Jazz pianist, ELDAR, with bassist and drummer, to the Saco River Theatre on May 7th at 7:30 PM
Eldar Trio Details
Olde-Time Piano Playing Contenst
May 26–30, 2016
Every year over Memorial Day weekend in Oxford, Mississippi, the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest is held to provide an opportunity for aspiring pianists to compete and learn in a stimulating atmosphere, and to educate people about old-time piano music written prior to 1940.
Through the years, the contest has provided more than $50,000 in prize money to more than 500 piano players from across the United States and from five foreign countries.Players in 2016 will compete in two divisions—Regular and Junior—as they vie for over $5,000 and trophies—including in the Piano Duet, Cutting and New Rag Contests, where aspiring composers present their original tunes.
Details Old-Time Playing Contest
Newport Music Festival
I was fortunate to have attended the festival in 1969 when it was called the Newport Jazz Festival. What a great way to see and hear top musicians. Love the venues (Newport mansions). Kathy and I hope to take in some of the shows in this year, maybe we will see you there.
Newport Music Festival Details
2016 Midwest International Piano Competition
The University of Northern Iowa School of Music is thrilled to announce the 2016 Midwest International Piano Competition, taking place in Cedar Falls, Iowa, June 5-11.
1st prize $2500
2nd prize $1500
3rd prize $1000
1st prize $10000
CD recording with Blue Griffin label valued at $5000. www.bluegriffin.com
Professional management for two years with Heartland Concert Artists (optional)
2nd prize $5000
3rd prize $2500
Midwest Piano Competition Details
Virginia Waring International Piano Competition
Senior Competition (18-35 years old)
Over $35,000 in prize money plus performance opportunities.
Additional Details about this Piano Competition
2016 Chicago International Duo Piano Competition
Sponsored by the Chicago Duo Piano Festival and Music Institute of Chicago
Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, Founders and Directors
June 8-12, 2016
Music Institute of Chicago
1st Prize: $10,000
2nd Prize: $5,000
3rd Prize: $2,500
Details - Chicago Duo Piano Competition
High Point University 2016 Piano Competition
Funded by the Randall Thomas Johnson Trust
$10,000 in prizes awarded among 3 finalists
For pianists aged 15-25 who reside in the United States
September 10, 2016
High Point, NC
Additional Details - High Point Piano Competition
OHIO International Piano Duet and Duo Competition
The OHIO International Piano Duet and Duo Competition is open to contestants of all nationalities.
Senior Division: 10 - 18 years old as of September 1, 2015
Young Artist Division: 19 – 28 years old as of September 1, 2015
Application Deadline: April 15, 2016
Finalists Announcement: May 1, 2016
Live Final Round: June 23, 2016
Contestants will compete for cash awards for each division:
First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Winners will participate in a gala concert as part of the 2016 Ohio University Piano Pedagogy Seminar.
Details Ohio International Piano Duet & Duo
6th Piano Bridges Amateur Competition
The 6th Piano Bridges International Competition for Amateur Pianists will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, from July 4-9, 2016.
We welcome amateur pianists aged 17 and above from all countries, people of various occupations for whom piano playing is a serious hobby, but not a professional activity.
Professional pianists as well as piano teachers and students of professional music colleges and conservatories (piano specialization) are not allowed to take part in the competition.
The competition is held in two categories:
1st category - amateur pianists who received a diploma of secondary or higher musical education but haven't been involved in music activities as professional pianists for at least 3 years.
2nd category - amateur pianists with no professional piano education.
6th Piano Bridges Amateur Competition Details
National Piano Conference
The National Piano Conference is already preparing for the 5th annual conference in 2016. Follow us and plan a trip to Crystal Lake ILLINOIS and enjoy classes, seminars, events and concerts all centered around the wonderful piano, the most versatile instrument in the world
National Piano Conference Info
IMA Enharmonia: top level Competition and Masterclass
International Music Academy Enharmonia is a no profit Association which organizes piano competitions ... IMA Enhamonia Details
Additional Piano Concerts and Competition Listings
Remember, if you know of any piano concerts, competitions, or events ... let us know!
You can post in this section of the piano forums (and/or email us). Don't forget to keep an eye on the forum below for news of upcoming concerts, competitions, and special (piano) events. Piano Concerts - Competitions - Events
Have you visited the member recordings forums?
This is a great place to hear some of your fellow forums members. One is a sub forum in the Pianist Corner which features primarily classical music. Member Recordings - Pianist Corner
The other is under the Fun Stuff category and contains hundreds of recordings of all types of wonderful music. Member Recordings - General
We now have a special sub-forum under the Piano Forum specifically as a place for posts about members getting a new (to them) piano.
I love reading the threads posted by members who have finally purchased their piano. Seeing the pictures and hearing the stories reminds me of one of the most important reasons we are here, to help each other.
And if you've found Piano World and/or the Forums to be helpful, we'd love to know that too.
Unfortunately these posts get buried quickly as new threads get created.
If you recently got a piano, or you know of a thread where someone is talking about getting their new piano, please let me know. I'd love to move the threads to this one central place for all to share in the joy of owning and playing a piano.
The New Piano Owners forum lives here , right under the primary Piano Forum.
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I Am a Musician
From a Facebook post of mine ...
I can't imagine my life without being able to create music. I will frequently sit and doodle at the piano, and Kathy will say ... Continued - I Am a Musician
Ghost Cruise & Lighthouse Tour
Ok, a bit off topic I know. But Kathy and I are going to be on this Ghost Cruise and wondered if anyone else in the area would be up for joining us. See details at the link. Ghost Cruise
Adult Returners - what's your story?
One of our members started this thread. I found it interesting and thought I'd share it with you.
She started with her own story, and then asked...
"That's my story. Other adult re-starters, what's yours, care to share? Why did you re-start, and what's been your experience since?"
So ... What's Your Story?
My Tuning Adventures
I sometimes post pictures and blurbs about my tuning adventures on the forums, other times I only get them up on Facebook.
I've decided to create A Piano Tuner's Blog on the forums, about my tuning adventures. While I'll still share things on my Facebook page, the "blog" gives me a central place to collect my experiences. Frank's - A Piano Tuner's Blog
Feel free to poke around my FB page to see what I'm up to also, it contains other piano related stuff too . Frank Baxter's FB page
Live Piano Venues
This is an ongoing project to collect listings of places where you can still hear live piano music, and places where you can (maybe) play the piano. We're talking about restaurants, bars, hotels, airports, etc. Help us grow the list.
The goal is to eventually organize it by location (anyone want to help?).
Listings of Live Piano Venues
The Best Things I've Learned on Piano World
A thread running in the Adult Beginner Forum, members talking about what they found helpful/interesting on Piano World. Best Things I've Learned on Piano World
I'll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours
(Show Us Your Piano Room Pictures)
This thread has been running for ten years now!
Every once in a while someone discovers it and adds pictures of their own Piano/Music room.
If you haven't posted yours yet, please feel free to add them. We don't care if you only have a keyboard sitting on a table or two concert grands in an elaborate music room, we just love seeing people's set up and knowing they are enjoying making music.
If you would like to add your pictures to this thread PLEASE be sure to upload your pictures to our servers (see Posting Pictures on the Piano Forums below). Otherwise they may just disappear some day, as you will see in some of the posts in this thread.
the Show Us Your Piano Room Pictures Thread
Manhattan Road Trip
Our good friend and long time forums member Robin Meloy Goldsby has a new book out, Manhattan Road Trip.
If you've read any of Robin's books you already know what a talented writer she is. If you haven't, this is a good one to start with, but I can tell you from experience you really should read the others too.
About the book
"In Robin Meloy Goldsby's musical tales of passion, wild success and gut-wrenching regret, a classical pianist battles middle age and Rachmaninoff; a bebop saxophonist struggles with a varmint sharing her New York City apartment; and a cellist performs Mozart for her mentally ill mother. Filled with the" ...
Manhattan Road Trip - Book Details
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Did you know your piano should be tuned at least twice a year?
As a piano tuner I sometimes receive calls from customers who tell me they aren't sure if their piano actually needs to be tuned. Let's think about this. Have you ever watched a violinist in an orchestra? They often tune up before every piece, and they only have four strings to contend with. The average piano has about 235 strings! And how do you make music on a piano? By whacking those strings with felt wrapped devices called hammers!
Yes, your piano needs to be tuned.
And it isn't just playing that knocks your piano out of tune, changes in temperature and humidity cause all those wood components of your piano to swell and shrink, helping to stretch and shrink the string lengths, contributing to driving the piano out of tune.
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