Well, this post could be called "How to NOT Learn to Tune Pianos"!
Full disclosure: I am a Registered Piano Tuner, and I teach piano tuning, both in person, and online through Skype and Google Hangout.
I have been doing this for a while. I love teaching and thought, "Wow, the internet might just be the way to get my name out there and build a good following of loyal people searching for information and tips on how to effectively and efficiently learn to tune pianos."
With my seven years of experience teaching piano tuning and also my background in engineering, teaching high school, and professional playing experience, along with the many positive reviews I've received, I thought this would be a great business to start.
Also, I've found that the internet is full of people searching for information on how to tune pianos. These forums have hundreds of posts with different tips and suggestions on how to tune pianos, and I have responded to a great many.
However, under each post is my signature, (which is attached to this post as well) with links to my websites that include information on learning how to tune pianos, and also my courses webpage, http://mrtuner.com/courses.htm
, and I have received virtually no
interest or inquiries on the subject or the courses.
So, I am totally confused.
This leaves me to believe that, one, the vast majority of people interested in this subject are trying to learn this skill on their own. Or two, this is just a bad idea. And I've persued enough bad business ideas and I don't need anymore experience with that
, thank you very much.
That is why I've created this post; to get feedback on what others think about this situation.
I am concerned for a number of reasons, that individuals are trying to learn this skill on their own. Here are some of them:
1) Obviously, it is a difficult skill to learn on your own, and personal guidance is required for any performance task/art that one wants to learn. Most musicians understand this.
But also, there are other serious reasons why a person is making a big mistake (IMHO) if they are trying to do this without any personalized instruction.
This is a skill that could create another opportunity for someone to make a few extra dollars. That means the students are training to provide a skill. Without proper guidance, they are risking learning bad habits, which will translate into bad service.
Also, as a potential revenue generating skill, the cost of the course should not be a consideration.
3) The current state of piano tuning information on the internet.
The internet is full of awful, incorrect, and sadly misguided instruction on how to tune a piano. From people hawking cheap chromatic tuners with no stretch, to one professional looking website with an online testimonial by a so-called "graduate" of the program, who is actually the owner of the course!
Even well known and regarded correspondance courses that teach antiquated and out dated techniques, as well as techniques that were never
considered efficient or effective.
How many unsuspecting individuals are spending money and time trying to learn from these static
sources (reading, videos, etc) and ending up more confused than before, with no apparent advancement in technique or skill.
It is my opinion that this field, the field of piano training, because it is small, and there is no obvious way to learn it, has created a far too large selection of incorrect and dishonest sources of information, and students are believing, possibly because of the lack of live teachers, that this is the preferred way to teach the skill.
Or, nobody really cares about learning this skill at all.
So, what is it? Am I barking up the wrong tree? Should I do as my wife says and quit piano tuning and go back to engineering? (That'll never happen, but you're free to suggest it.)
Anyway, I've done this before; pleaded to this community for insight; and received some invaluable and insightful responses, so I am doing it again.
I'm insterested in everyone's opinion, not just piano tuners or musicians.
Thank you, in advance, for your time.