Question: How often should a piano be tuned?
Answer: Most manufacturers
recommend four tunings the first year, and at least two tunings per year in
subsequent years. Pianos are made of wood, which reacts to heat and humidity.
Most pianos need tuning after seasonal weather changes. If a piano is heavily
used and/or subjected to extremes of heat and humidity it may need extra
tunings. If a piano is not tuned for years, it may not hold the pitch after
being tuned, requiring several consecutive tunings to maintain the proper pitch.
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In the New Yorker, Jeremy Denk quotes, "Better not play faster then you can
think," written in his notebook by his piano teacher, William Leeland. Denk
goes on to say "Anyone who has taken music lessons knows the indignity of
emulating the machine [metronome] until every last human vagary vanishes.... The
clinking monster was also part of Leeland's cunning scheme to prevent me from
playing everything as fast as I possibly could. In response to my performance of
William Gillock's Forest Murmurs Leland writes, 'Forest Murmurs, not Forest
Slow practice is essential. When we learn new music at top speed, we are
learning mistakes, both wrong notes and wrong rhythms. Then, the mistakes must
be unlearned, which can be frustrating. The best way to tackle a new piece is to
start at a slow speed, with perfect rhythm and correct notes. If there are
mistakes, play more slowly. Add the dynamics and nuances as soon as possible.
Then, very gradually increase the speed. Sometimes, it is necessary to use the
metronome to maintain a slow speed. When perfection is achieved, increase the
metronome speed a little, relearn the piece at the higher speed, then increase
again, etc. Perfecting a piece at a slow speed can be the most difficult step.
In The Art of Practicing, Maddelein Bruser says, "I read an
interesting account by the pianist and composer Abram Chasins of how
Rachmaninoff practiced. Chasins was approaching the house where Rachmaninoff was
practicing and heard the legendary pianist playing so slowly that he couldn't
tell what the piece was. He stood outside the front door for quite a while and
realized that it was the Chopin étude in double thirds, which is supposed to go
like the wind. He timed the music on his watch and found that Rachmaninoff was
playing one bar every twenty seconds--a little more than one note per second.
We don't know why Rachmaninoff was practicing so slowly. But it's interesting
that such a great virtuoso took so much time with each note."
In our high-paced society, we may have discomfort doing anything
slowly, but the rewards are great. As Abraham Low stated, "Bear the discomfort
and comfort will come." Piano lessons, East Hampton, NY. Piano teacher, East Hampton, NY.
Family support is important for piano students. If parents love music
and become involved in the learning process, students are happier and they learn
Support is more than bringing children
to lessons and picking them up afterward. Students need regular practice. They
need to know that their families enjoy listening to them play. They need
encouragement during the rough times.
children practice daily without encouragement. Having a regular practice time,
like having a bedtime, works for many. Parental comments show that parents care.
For example, a parent can say, " I recognize that song! We used to sing that in
chorus when I was in school," or, "What's that song called?". Complimenting a
child on his/ her work can help. "That piece sounds much better, now. You worked
hard to learn it!"
Studying music is similar
to having a relationship. Sometimes things go smoothly, sometimes they go awry.
If your child is discouraged, suggest that s/he continue lessons for a few months, as
things often improve.
Playing the piano can
bring a lifetime of pleasure.
Late at night
When it's dark and cold
I reach out
For someone to hold
When I'm blue
When I'm lonely
She comes through
She's the only one who can
My baby grand
Is all I need ~~~~~From "Baby Grand," by Billy Joel
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Summer is ending soon. How
quickly time passes! Ms. Kurtz expanded her
teaching schedule to include children and adults who were vacationing in the
East Hampton area. She looks forward to seeing them all again next year!
The beginning of the school year is a perfect time to
begin piano lessons. Ms. Kurtz has several openings. Call
today to schedule lessons, while Ms. Kurtz has the best assortment of lesson
times available. Learning to play the piano is a fulfilling discipline, in a
world where people have little opportunity to use their imaginations. Learning
music is fun and it builds
“The faculty of teaching is as rare
and as individual as the faculty of acting or of singing. It is the highest
art, and demands the same qualities of character as those demanded by all
art—sincerity, endurance, moral and physical courage, devotion, and
self-abnegation of a high order.”—Mabel Thomson
Shelley Kurtz Piano Lessons is open throughout
the summer. The studio is located in East Hampton, NY, a summer resort
community. Each summer, Ms. Kurtz teaches children and adults who are
vacationing in the Hamptons. Some are beginners and some have wintertime
teachers at home.
Year-round piano lessons are important for many
reasons. Students who are away from the piano for months lose
momentum. They take a step backward; some never return for lessons and those
who do return are often discouraged by having to relearn scales and
note-reading. Regular lessons help children earn better scores at the music
festivals. Studying year-round gives children the message that
their parents value music, that piano lessons are important. Children need
family support in order to make their best progress.
And playing the piano is a
great way to spend a rainy day in the Hamptons!
Ms. Kurtz looks forward to returning summer students
and welcomes new students. Studying music builds self-esteem! Call today.
Shelley Kurtz welcomes adult students. Playing the piano keeps the mind young. Using the fingers keeps them limber. And practicing is a rewarding pastime.
Several adults currently study at the studio.
Pianists use both hands, and one or both feet! Each hand and foot works independently,
stimulating both sides of the brain.
Practicing is an enjoyable mental exercise. An adult student once commented, “When I play
scales I feel my brain contracting.” Ms.
Kurtz assured her that she felt her brain expanding!
Students have been referred to the studio for
treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
Playing the piano strengthens every muscle in the hand. It increases dexterity. Adults--with or without arthritis-- notice
that their fingers become more agile and less swollen with everyday
Learning music provides a fulfilling pastime. An hour spent practicing feels better than an
hour spent watching TV or surfing the internet!
Learning a new skill, making progress, fosters self-confidence. Learn
the songs you love.
today to schedule your first lesson!
We hope everyone had a joyous holiday season!
Our attention turns to NYSSMA solos. The festival
takes place in the spring; many months of preparation are required. Each
participant will perform scales and a solo. Plus, students must sightread a few
lines of unfamiliar music. Good NYSSMA ratings can help with college
admissions. Two children from Amagansett and two from Springs will perform this
R., from Montauk, who graduated from college, has
returned for lessons. He is learning parts of two Mozart sonatas, and
relearning a Mozart fantasy, and a Rachmaninoff prelude. Welcome
Several new students have begun lessons over the
past month. I., from Hampton Bays, is a six-year-old beginner. J., from
Montauk, is an eleven-year-old beginner. J., from Springs, is a beginner. We
wish them a fulfilling musical experience. Practice makes
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Shelley Kurtz's piano students are enjoying holiday songs. Ms. Kurtz has an abundant supply of holiday music on all levels. Everyone is learning holiday solos, and some children are working on duets to play for their families on Christmas Day. A boy and his grandfather, both of whom study with Ms. Kurtz, have learned several duets! Happy holidays from Shelley Kurtz Piano Lessons!