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What do we mean by "voicing your piano"?
I'm glad you asked.
My good friend Larry Buck (of E.J. Buck & Sons) has been voicing my piano, which is providing me with a wonderful first-hand look at the process. Although I've long known the theory, I've never sat with a qualified piano technician and worked through the entire process step-by-step.
Let's start with what is meant by your pianos voice.
Each instrument has a unique sound, a tonal quality and resonance, timbre, sustain & decay, and ... well enough of the technical jargon, in the end it's what your ear hears/perceives, often interpreted as "it sounds ... pretty, rich, full, deep, round, sharp, harsh, thin, thick," ... you get the idea.
This "sound" is a result of many factors including construction, age, materials, care, tuning, regulating (another subject for another article, but essentially how the mechanical parts are adjusted by a technician), weather (temperature, humidity, dryness, etc.), placement (where it is in a room), acoustics of the room, and even how you play it.
Whew, that's a lot of possibilities. So the bad news is there are a lot of variables at work, the good news is most of them can be effected (if need be) by a good technician.
And one of the most important (after basic care and tuning) and probably least understood is voicing.
The short explanation of voicing is that it is a process a qualified technician uses working closely with the piano owner/player to ideally bring out the best possible sound in your individual piano. Now sound being subjective (in the ears of the beholder if you will) it is critical that the person having the voicing done be an integral part of the process, interacting with the technician.
Don't worry, a good voicer will help you along the way because he/she wants to give you what you will be most pleased with in the end, even if you aren't yet sure what that is yourself. After listening to your piano, and to you playing your piano, they will ask questions and explain some of the options, and of course answer your questions.
It is a learning process for both sides, so relax and appreciate that they are here to help make your piano sound better (to you, it's your baby). And when they are done you will love your piano even more.
As for the actual mechanics of the process, we will cover that in more detail next time. Just don't be scared when I tell you it involves needles and possibly chemicals, these are for the piano not you :-)
In the meantime, if you have questions or comments, please share them with us.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry can be reached via his web site, www.ejbuckpiano.com
The discussions continue on our forums about the recent sale of the Steinway Piano Company (and Steinway Hall in NY)
There are now multiple threads running about the purported pros and cons. Read what the public (and I suspect some professionals in the industry) are saying about this hot topic.
Steinway Piano Company Sold - Details and Thread Here
A Message from Steinway about new owners
And this one
Why pianist care about the Steinway Sale
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Kevin Kern, solo piano concert in Duluth, GA Friday Oct. 11 Details Here
Kevin is a professional pianist, composer, recording artist and a forums member. (his Who's Who listing on our forums Kevin Kern)
What: First Annual San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival
Who:Bob Seeley, Carl Sonny Leyland, Silvan Zingg, Lluis Coloma and Wendy DeWitt
When: November 17, Sunday, 2013 4:00pm
Where: SF Jazz Center's Miner Auditorium
201 Franklin Street, San Francisco
Produced by Eliel Redstone, Wendy DeWitt and The Golden Gate Blues Society
San Francisco's first International Boogie Woogie Festival brings in top artists in the world of boogie woogie piano to the Bay Area for a first of its kind event. Featuring Bob Seeley, Carl Sonny Leyland, Silvan Zingg, Lluis Coloma and Wendy DeWitt the show will highlight boogie woogie, a piano style that's been popular through the big band era, helped to create rock and roll and continues to remain vital and inspiring, as illustrated by a thriving network of international festivals and borrowing by today's pop artists.
More about the Boogie Woogie Festival Here
There are some major talents playing this festival, I wish Kathy and I could be there. If you go, please post on the Piano Forums so we can enjoy it vicariously through you :-) I hope Bob does his "Mamma Don't Care" routine, a classic.
Frederick Historic Piano Collection - Fall Concert Schedule
If you've never visited the Frederick Historic Piano Collection, you owe it to yourself to go.
They have an amazing collection of period pianos from the late 1700's to the early 1900's, all restored and all there to be played. Their concert series is wonderful as they bring in talented musicians who play period music on instruments that are from the actual period itself. Trust me, not all music was written to be played on a massive Steinway D, nor are you necessarily getting the composers original intent. But on a piano built for the time when the composer was writing? Now we're talking!
Frederick Historic Piano Collection Fall Schedule
Free Concert in Lawrence MA
Lisa Caliri, Piano
Joel Moerschel, Cello
Sunday, November 3, 2013, 2 p.m.,
Lawrence Public Library
Did you know there is a special sub-domain of PianoWorld specifically for the ABF recitals?
You can find it here: recitals.pianoworld.com/
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) Piano Concerts - Competitions - Events
That's right, 75 hand painted (by artists) pianos are being placed OUTSIDE around Boston. They are there to play and enjoy. I once found and played all the pianos from a similar event in Florida, but it was nowhere as big as this one. If you go and find/play some of these pianos, please consider taking pictures/videos and posting on our world famous piano forums.
More Details, 75 Pianos Around Boston
This one is worth repeating...
Alice is a
Alice is now 110, PLEASE click here to Wish ALICE Happy Birthday http://goo.gl/omTGws
That in itself is amazing, but she is also the oldest living holocaust survivor. Amazing and inspiring story, check it out...
The Lady in Number 6 - - This is the story of 109 Year Old Pianist Alice Herz Sommer's. www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oxO3M6rAPw
Alice is the oldest living holocaust survivor and quite possibly the oldest living pianist. She was 109 when the documentary was made. If you'd like to see some more, read on (or better yet, catch or buy a copy of the full documentary itself).
This video is titled Music Saved My Life youtu.be/LrXHcQyixTE
This one is "A Few Precious Moments with Alice": youtu.be/LManGeoEbDk
This is a YouTube video of reaction to the documentary. youtu.be/5QNBKwO9Y_U
And finally, this is the web site of Nick Reed, the producer behind the movie (and husband of long time forums member, concert pianist Elena Hammel) nickreedent.com
Would you like the opportunity to record with a full orchestra?
Virtuoso for a Day can help.
Although they actually paid us to advertise on our site, I found the concept interesting enough that I thought I'd pass it on in case anyone could benefit from it.
Our friends at PianoDisc recently unveiled a line of new products for the piano, built around an optical sensor system called ProRecord. I'm very excited about this system because among other features, it can record a pianist playing and capture all the nuances, then output it to MIDI where you can convert it to sheet music. Perfect for someone who wants to compose/write music. But it also offers much more, including the ability to make your acoustic piano sound like 100 other instruments.
Because it uses an optical sensor, nothing touches your keys. More details coming soon, watch our piano forums for news.
Do you use the "Active Topics" function on the forums?
It can help you discover interesting topics, like this one About How to Read Music
Or this one in the Teacher's Forum About Funny Things Students Say
Naked On The Piano Bench
Our friend and forums member Robing Spielberg (her Who's Who listing on Piano World Robin Spielberg) has just released her new book, Naked On The Bench. I was privileged to get to read an advance copy and I can tell you it is a great read. Funny, poignant, interesting, and just an all around well written book by a very talented young lady (pianist, composer, recording artist, writer ... )
"As a child, Robin Spielberg had a recurring dream that there were secret rooms inside her living room piano. Readers are now also treated to the secrets revealed in these rooms, as they follow her seemingly elusive quest for a measurement of success in her life as a performing artist, which comes at last, in the most unlikely of places."
Check it out on Amazon.com Naked on the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland
By now I'm sure most of you have already heard, but I wanted to mention it in our newsletter because it is important to note that jazz great, and great woman Marian McPartland has passed away.
There is a thread Here that includes some posts from people who knew her. She was one amazing lady and a fabulous musician. She will be missed.
Here are some Piano Parties that members are trying to organize...
Adult beginners Piano Party Forming in Georgia?
Georgia Piano Party?
A European Piano Party in Portugal?
Portugal Piano Party
Piano Party at Mr. PianoWorld's Home in Maine
That's right, Kathy and I are hosting our first official piano party in our new home in Maine, on October 13th.
Details In This Thread About Our Piano Party
What? You don't know what a Piano Forums Party is?
Essentially it's an opportunity for members to meet each other with no pressure. The parties are usually held at a member's home, and everyone brings a little something (pot luck style, or just ask the host). Each member (and/or their guest) takes a turn playing the piano. Nobody judges anybody's playing, it isn't a contest. It's a chance to share a common interest in pianos and piano music.
We really love to have pictures and comments posted after the event.
If you'd like to get some ideas from past Piano Forums Parties (as well as tours, cruises, and more), Check Out This Area On the Forums
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I do. Who am I? Frank Baxter, founder, owner, host of Piano World. You can read more about me and how I came to build Piano World here... About Us
Piano World was originally just a hobby, something fun to do with my spare time.
Over the years it continued to grow. In the meantime I developed a number of Web related skills, including SEO, SEM, programming, Web development, and project management. As the popularity of the Internet grew so did demand for my skills.
Over the years I had some pretty good positions, making decent money and traveling quite a bit.
Then the companies I worked for began to farm out their work overseas. And little by little the departments I reported to found themselves down sizing.
Long story short I decided I'd rather work for myself, even if it meant substantially less money.
And so now I make my living entirely through Piano World. And it is in fact quite a bit less money than I was making, but I love what I do, and I love that Kathy and I can share in building our business.
So yes, you will see ads on Piano World and on the Forums. Without them there would be no Piano World and we would have no income.
And yes, we could always use your help. If you enjoy Piano World and would like to help, here is a page with some ideas... Help Piano World
But whether you can help, or aren't interested in helping, we're still glad you like our web site and hope you will share it with your friends and family.
Our digital piano forums continue to grow, with lots of good discussions and information.
Digital pianos keep getting better, but with more choices than ever it's getting harder to figure out what you want.
The Digital Piano Forums are a good place to ask questions, discuss features and options, and more.
If playing the piano/keyboard is your primary source of income, please consider adding your information to our Who's Who on Piano World Forums
This special area is here to help professional piano/keyboard/organ musicians reach a broad audience. It is also here for our members/guests to discover musicians they may want to check out.
Posting in this area is free for professionals, check it out today.
Please use the Google Custom Search Box in the upper left corner of the page.
It gives you the ability you to search all posts (and the rest of Piano World) whereas the ubb search function is restricted because it slows the forums down and doesn't index everything.
It Looks Like This:
Do You Know Why You Should?
What do I mean? Many of our members (and guests) find a specific forum from our list and stay with that one forum.
Now if you are primarily interested in discussing playing the piano with other pianist, you probably do want to mostly visit the Pianist Corner, or the Pianist Corner - Non Classical.
If you are searching for a new piano or curious about your old/current one, you likely want to be visiting the forum called simply Piano Forum.
Even so, you may find it interesting to pop into the Piano Tuner-Technician's forum, or the Teachers Forum occasionally just to see what is going on.
Or maybe drop in on the Digital Piano Forum to see what the latest keyboards are all about and what people are saying about them.
Did you even know we have an entire section of forums Just For Fun?
That's right, a collection of forums of stuff just for fun.
And one just for Composers
Than we have the Mechanical Music Forum for discussions about player pianos, nickelodeons, music boxes, and other mechanical musical instruments.
There's even one for Organs including electronic (think B3), theater, and pipe.
And don't forget to check Active Topics (see links at top of forums page) This shows you the most active discussions going on right now.
If that's not enough, try our Directory for information about some of the other 1000+ pages of Piano World. You'll even find music related jigsaw puzzles you can do online, and music word searches we created.
So see, there's lots more to explore on Piano World, check it out today.
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Of course you want to reach the maximum number of prospective customers for the least amount of costs.
That's where Piano World comes in!
Our piano forums recently passed the 71,000 registered members mark, and during the past year we've seen nearly six million unique visitors arrive at Piano World, and they've requested over thirty three million page views.
All of which adds up to making advertising on Piano World a smart move if you are in a piano related business.
Whether your piano business is local, national, or international, we can help.
ATTENTION PIANO MANUFACTURERS:
How much $$$$$ does your company spend a year on those glossy ads in magazines?
And what is the circulation of those magazines? 10,000, maybe even 25,000?
But they pretty much just go out to the same people month after month, while you spend thousands and thousands of dollars hoping to catch the interest of a few of their readers.
Try these numbers on for size:
Piano World Received Nearly 6 MILLION UNIQUE VISITORS Last year!
That's right, nearly 6 million unique visitors! And these were all people who raised their hands and said they were interested in something related to pianos and/or keyboards. And here is another statistic, we served up over 26 Million Page Views last year. (Compare our numbers with other piano/keyboard web sites and you will quickly realize the value of advertising on Piano World).
We can get your company and your products out in front of all these piano/keyboard loving people for an entire year for a whole lot less than you're spending on those static print ads.
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