As far as I know, I am the only person offering this at this time. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you on my mailing list.
Very surprised that you are not aware that Bill Bremmer
teaches via SKYPE, besides all the free articles and videos on his wonderful web site.
I only offer to coach
PTG Associate Members who are preparing for the Tuning Exam. It is part of the process that PTG calls "Exam Prescreening". As many people here know, I believe in the value of PTG membership and particularly in the value of the RPT credential.
I have long been aware of the number of people who initially learned to tune pianos with an ETD but since tuning the two central octaves from C3-C5 aurally is a requirement of the Tuning Exam, I decided 10 years ago to try to help such people gain the aural tuning skills that are required.
To be sure, many people have benefited from my efforts. I have seen that people who learned first to use an ETD found it nearly impossible to subsequently gain the necessary aural tuning skills. I wanted to find a way around that for them
. I came up with several ideas that have turned out to be useful.
I am far too busy with my business to simply offer a free piano tuning school on Skype! But I will help any PTG Associate who wishes to pass the Tuning Exam as time for me permits. Any PTG RPT should do the same.
Therefore, I would recommend Mark C's course because that is part of his total business. I would also recommend the Randy Potter course. Any piano tuning course that teaches temperament tuning by using the truncated 4ths & 5ths temperament sequence from William Braide White's century old book, I would not recommend. It will inevitably lead to tuning a Reverse Well temperament instead of Equal Temperament (ET).
The original poster said she had trouble getting the temperament right. If the temperament produced from following the instructions given does not work, then what exactly are the results? I would bet 10 tuning fees that I know exactly what it is!
Put a recording on here of a progression of Major thirds from F3-A3 to D#4-F4 of any temperament results from using that kind of sequence and 99 times out of 100, it will be nothing but Reverse Well!
If the original poster believes (as most people do) that Equal Temperament and Well Tempered Tuning (Well Temperament) are synonymous, then some re-education is in order. If the original poster believes that any results from tuning a temperament are ET, no matter how poorly those results turn out to be, then a whole lot of re-education is in order!
Equal temperament and proper subsequent octave tuning can only be correct within extremely narrow parameters! Otherwise, the results are something else and that something else is not likely to make for good music from the piano. It is not child's play. It is not generally for casual hobbyists or for Do-it-Yourselfers!
Piano tuning is a very refined art and science. No piano technician, even of the highest caliber will ever claim absolute perfection of any particular tuning. If they do, it is a false proclamation. There are far too many variables for any piano tuning to be called "perfect". In the end, it is an impossible task. One can only do one's best in any instance. A piano technician can only hope that with every tuning accomplished that the results will be pleasing.
People in this forum constantly discuss a better way and refinements that are possible. That is all well and good but the end result of absolute perfection remains an impossible task.
To the original poster: There is nothing at all wrong with deciding to learn to tune the piano yourself. However, if the reason you want to do that is that you don't want to pay for piano tunings by a professional technician, then your reason for wanting to learn to tune the piano yourself is the wrong reason!
There is no reason why a piano teacher cannot also be a piano technician. There are many people who do exactly that. They teach piano, play the piano well and also tune the pianos of their students and also perhaps of other clients. That being said, Piano Technology is a profession in itself. If you decide to be a piano technician, then you will be dividing your time between teaching music and tuning pianos. Time, of course, has its limits.
There is also much more than tuning involved in maintaining a piano. There is NO place in this world for people who only know how to tune a piano (especially only those who depend upon an ETD to do it) but know nothing else about piano maintenance. Surely, there are piano tuning specialists (as I am) who mostly engage in tuning but you would be doing a disservice to yourself and your clients if tuning (on whatever level of expertise there may be) is all that you could offer.
If you limit yourself only to tuning, both you and your clients will develop a false sense that the piano has been well maintained. You would only be a hobbyist and you would be taking away the legitimate business from people who earn their living by tuning and maintaining pianos.
That being said, it is all well and good that you have explored what it takes to tune a piano. If you find that what it takes to do so is beyond your grasp, then you will know and understand why piano technicians exist. Tuning is only part of what you need to know. Surely, it is the principle and most important part of piano service but complete ignorance of all other aspects does not contribute to the business of piano maintenance. It only weakens it.
You can specialize in tuning and refer repairs, regulation and voicing to other technicians, yes, but You may well find that no true piano technician would only be interested in resolving the problems that you cannot resolve yourself. If you tuned a piano, for example and found that it had "bobbling hammers", no piano technician that I ever knew or heard of would accept the job of simply correcting the problem you identify. Your piano tuning would also most likely be deemed unsatisfactory!
Therefore, I agree with others who have said that you must either make a full and true commitment to piano technology or leave it alone entirely, having learned that there is much more to it than you ever thought about.
If the latter turns out to be the case, you just have to figure in the costs of maintaining your piano to your liking and find a full service piano technician who will do that for you. The arrangement can be mutually beneficial. Your piano technician may want to work with you in terms of costs if you also refer your students to that piano technician.
Piano technicians need daily business all year long to make a living. So do piano teachers. We can't all only tune the pianos each year in the Fall after the heat goes on, after all. We need full employment all year long, especially in Summer!
Summer is the time when longer term projects such as interior cleaning, regulation and voicing are welcome opportunities for piano technicians. I am sure that many of your student's pianos as well as your own could use that kind of maintenance.
I always find enough of that kind of work to do all year long because I have been in the business for 44 years and I am now a 30 year RPT. I depend upon people who have the discretionary income to be able to afford piano maintenance.
There are enough people for whom the piano is important enough in their lives that they will pay for piano tuning in the dog days of Summer or to have other maintenance done when I actually have time to do it when the demand for tunings is not so overwhelming as it can be during the September-May months.
You have a decision to make! Do you want to be a piano technician as well as be a piano teacher? If not, you can and should develop a relationship with a good piano technician and make that relationship be good for you both.
Keep your own piano well maintained at all times. If your students comment that your piano seems so much better than theirs at home in terms of response to touch and clarity of tuning, then encourage your students to hire your favorite piano technician to service their piano as well. Emphasize that the costs are worth the benefits.
a good piano to eat, be clothed or sheltered. As piano technicians, we serve the people who have decided to spend the money they have on what is precious to them in their lives outside of work or school. We can't make a living tuning and otherwise servicing pianos for people who have no money to spend for it.
The task at hand is to find a way to make your business as a piano teacher seem important enough in people's lives that they are willing to spend the money that it takes to provide that precious part of life for them. Piano technicians are used to serving people with very ordinary instruments but which can still provide just as much enjoyment and enrichment in their lives as very expensive pianos can for the people who can afford them. Any piano can be made to perform at its best! That is our business!
You must decide for yourself which business you want to be in or if you want to be in a multi-faceted business. There is no wrong or right decision to make, only a decision that you think you can personally handle.