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#2041643 - 03/01/13 11:35 PM Re: Will buying a tuning fork help me better learn piano? [Re: adak]
Damon Offline
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Originally Posted By: adak
I was thinking of buying a 440 hz tuning fork. Is this a good idea?


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#2041687 - 03/02/13 02:34 AM Re: Will buying a tuning fork help me better learn piano? [Re: landorrano]
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Originally Posted By: landorrano
A pitch fork will give better results!


Actually a fork-shaped divining rod would be preferable. Dowsing for musicality. If it doesn't help at least you have something to drink after practice.

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#2041699 - 03/02/13 03:33 AM Re: Will buying a tuning fork help me better learn piano? [Re: adak]
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2 March 2013
Tuning piano

My Grotrian Steinweg piano carries 3 strings per keynote ... In time some of the strings need tuning ... had any of you chaps tried twanging the strings on an edgy note ... often it just takes a slight tweak of one of the strings to match the other two good strings.

Just an observation which might be of interest.

PS This comment will not improve the OP's playing
but it might stop the dog from howling.

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#2041720 - 03/02/13 05:24 AM Re: Will buying a tuning fork help me better learn piano? [Re: btb]
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Originally Posted By: btb
. . . but it might stop the dog from howling.
Yeah, let's stop this wolf from howling smile
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#2041727 - 03/02/13 05:47 AM Re: Will buying a tuning fork help me better learn piano? [Re: btb]
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Loc: London UK
Originally Posted By: btb
My Grotrian Steinweg piano carries 3 strings per keynote ... In time some of the strings need tuning ... had any of you chaps tried twanging the strings on an edgy note ... often it just takes a slight tweak of one of the strings to match the other two good strings.


Be careful though. Tweaking a string into tune is easy. But doing it so it STAYS in tune isn't. And too much inexpert manipulation of a tuning pin can loosen it.

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#2041950 - 03/02/13 05:02 PM Re: Will buying a tuning fork help me better learn piano? [Re: Morodiene]
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Loc: Greater NYC Area
I have a tuning fork on the table near my piano. Someone gave it to me a while back. I think it's kind of cool. Every once in a while I pick it up and tap it on the table, which is kind of fun to do. laugh I haven't really used it for much else.
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#2042124 - 03/03/13 02:32 AM Re: Will buying a tuning fork help me better learn piano? [Re: adak]
Charles Cohen Offline
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Registered: 12/26/12
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Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
If you have a smartphone (Android or iPhone), you can get "tuner" apps that will do far more good than any tuning fork.

For the Android phones, "DA Tuner" is very good.

You can sing into it, and it'll tell you what pitch you're singing. You can also use it to play notes back to you.

"Perfect Piano" is another worthwhile app.

And for ear training (which you might need), "Perfect Ear" is a good bet.

. Charles

PS -- I recently got my A-440 tuning fork out of the drawer. It's easier than starting up the phone app, if _all_ I want to do is try and match its pitch with my voice.

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#2042127 - 03/03/13 02:40 AM Re: Will buying a tuning fork help me better learn piano? [Re: adak]
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Loc: Pretoria South Africa
I now use my tuning fork to stop papers from flying about atop my upright piano ... if I'm smart I do this
before opening the sliding doors on both sides of my
living room.

"The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain" ...
where "hurricanes hardly ever 'appen" (oops)

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#2043306 - 03/05/13 10:40 AM Re: Will buying a tuning fork help me better learn piano? [Re: JoelW]
wdot Offline
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Registered: 12/28/07
Posts: 726
Loc: South Carolina, USA
Originally Posted By: JoelW
I can throw a baseball really well. Do I have perfect-pitch?
I can't and I do. So I don't think the two are necessarily related.

You're a clever guy.

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#2043377 - 03/05/13 01:33 PM Re: Will buying a tuning fork help me better learn piano? [Re: adak]
Steve Chandler Offline
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Registered: 02/18/05
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Loc: Urbandale, Iowa
Buying a tuning fork will make you a better pianist the same way that buying a new fork will make you better at eating. Unless, it's tunerfish.

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#2043386 - 03/05/13 01:49 PM Re: Will buying a tuning fork help me better learn piano? [Re: Steve Chandler]
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Registered: 12/07/10
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Loc: New York
Originally Posted By: Steve Chandler

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#2043751 - 03/06/13 03:53 AM Re: Will buying a tuning fork help me better learn piano? [Re: adak]
ashley john Offline
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Registered: 12/05/12
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Loc: Banned
Tuning fork not only makes your piano sound better, it also helps keep your piano in good condition so that it may be playable for many years to come.
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#2043762 - 03/06/13 05:07 AM Re: Will buying a tuning fork help me better learn piano? [Re: Steve Chandler]
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Loc: London UK
Originally Posted By: Steve Chandler
Buying a tuning fork will make you a better pianist the same way that buying a new fork will make you better at eating. Unless, it's tunerfish.


Glib, but inaccurate! A fork is a tool for eating. A tuning fork is not a tool for piano playing.

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#2043868 - 03/06/13 10:56 AM Re: Will buying a tuning fork help me better learn piano? [Re: Steve Chandler]
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Registered: 05/25/12
Posts: 4760
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: Steve Chandler
Buying a tuning fork will make you a better pianist the same way that buying a new fork will make you better at eating. Unless, it's tunerfish.


lol

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