Is Your Piano Tuner Any Good
Sometimes after their piano tuner tunes the piano, it does not satisfy many piano teachers and pianists . Although after the tuning the piano sounds better than before the tuning, the result does not convince them and. Although they usually accept the result of the work, it leaves them with a kind of discomfort.
If the technician uses an electronic help system or computer software to tune the instrument that may be the problem. The technician may not be a qualified aural tuner and be a simple tuning copier than a supporting instrument, and not his ear dictates to him. Your piano tuner may not know how to tune pianos.
Does My Piano Tuner Know How To Tune Pianos?
Since there is no regulation of tuning pianos. Anyone can call themselves piano tuner having no training.
Book “Towards a revaluation of the aural tuning of pianos” by Prof. Hugo Landolfi
Towards a revaluation of the aural tuning of pianos
It embodies these reflections in the recently published book “Towards a revaluation of the aural tuning of pianos” by Professor and Director Hugo Landolfi. The book develops the author’s reflections on the comparison between aural tuning of pianos and electronically assisted tuning.
The central thesis of the book “Towards a revaluation of the aural tuning of pianos”.
“A central thesis of the book holds that only the aural tuning of pianos achieves the highest level of tuning in this instrument. And that the electronic instruments that most people claim to be piano tuners use to perform a task lower than that of the human ear.
Contrary to what these “piano technicians” use a computer or electronic tools. Because they do not know the aural tuning technique. Which we insist is the only one that can provide quality tuning. And extract from the piano all its sound potentialities.
What Is Piano Tuning?
The fundamental question that arises then is: What is knowledge tuning pianos? Is it using an electronic tuning tool of the latest technology? Or, like any other instrumentalist, is it the use of one’s own ear? Following the thesis of Professor Hugo Landolfi, it inclines us towards the latter option.
Knowing how to tune pianos implies that with a tuning key, a tuning fork and some extra elements you can tune a piano with no kind of external help. A real piano tuner or aural tuner is one who has tuned a piano by ear thanks to proper learning. Hugo Landolfi’s piano tuning book
The Escuela de Tecnología Pianística de Buenos Aires specializes in offering aural piano tuning courses, both at a distance and in person. For this institution, knowing how to tune pianos implies tuning aurally without external help.
A Real Tuner Is None Other Than A Tool
Now, if you’re looking to tune pianos without taking the trouble to learn aural tuning. You can buy an electronic tuner or computer software that tells you how often to place each note, and then copy to the piano what the artifact tells you.
Whoever works in this way is not a tuner, since it is not the person who determines at what frequency each note should be. In this case, the real tuner is none other than the tool or the electronic software. While the person, who calls himself the tuner, does nothing more than copy what the device tells him.
To our way of understanding as we have already mentioned. This only occurs in those people who do not know the technique of aural tuning. Or who, if they do know it, do not handle it well enough to make the most of it. Since they do not know and do not seek to learn, it is essential for them to work with a device that tells them what to do.
Seen in this way, a piano tuner assisted by electronic instruments is nothing more than a copyist. Now, the same thing happens with electronic tuners because what they really do is emulate what the ear of a well-trained piano aural tuner would do.
Some apparatuses simulate this task better and others not so much, but all ultimately emulate human labor. That is why we insist that the best tuning of pianos can only be in aural form. Because only the human ear has the ability to tune with the highest quality.
Aural Tuning Is Superior
From this new perspective, the title of our article takes on a different color. Whether our piano tuner really knows how to tune a piano or not will depend on whether he does so by being assisted only with electronic instruments. If this is the case with your tuner, then it is highly probable you do not know how to tune aural pianos. And it does not involve us in the process by copying what that tool tells you.
On a scale of ten, only the ear of a highly trained aural tuner can perform tunings with ten quality points. While the various types of electronic tuners will achieve a maximum of seven points in the quality of their tuning. If your piano tuner does not use the aural method. And yes some kind of electronic tuner already knows the low tuning quality offered by this method and is probably not entirely happy with it.
If your tuner uses an electronic method, and it satisfies you with the results. We do not intend to criticize those who do not know how to tune pianos aurally but simply to help you become aware. Because the worst thing that can happen to us is to believe someone knows how to tune pianos. And in reality not only does not know but is also a copyist.
Our Piano Tuning Courses
Fortunately, there is a light at the end of this road for piano technicians who do not yet know how to tune aurally; the solution is to take the courses offered by ETPBA where you will learn how to perform high-quality aural tunings. Also, as we have already mentioned in our other articles. And that this course is not only useful for piano technicians. But also for teachers, pianists and piano users. They can also learn to tune their own instrument so as not to depend on the figure of the piano tuner.
Piano Tuning Course
In other articles, we have extensively detailed the reasons why it is highly desirable for every person who owns a piano to learn to tune it for himself. But in short the causes are twofold: on the one hand the tuners have high fees and on the other. For a good tuning teaching or study, should be at least once a month. Without a doubt, in the long run it is a great investment because you will enjoy it. You will save the money you used to spend when hiring the piano tuner. And you will always have, by tuning it yourself, a well-tuned piano.
The purpose of this article is none other than to help improve the deplorable state of tuning in which most pianos find themselves. And to bring piano tuners to true professionalism, and to bring them closer to a new tool for piano teachers and pianists. So that they can learn to tune their own piano. And thus have it all the time in a state of excellent tuning as is proper to the king of instruments.
Prof. Hugo Landolfi
“The supposed ease with which nowadays a person, with little or no training, can tune a piano using electronic instruments or specially designed computer software. This has resulted in a majority of piano tuners calling themselves “professionals” being able to simulate it almost without learning to perform the activity aurally. And, therefore, without undergoing the rigorous training that learning requires.
I regret to tell you that the purpose of this paper is precisely to try to support the conjecture that bears the title and subtitle of this book. That there is (and always will be) a qualitative primacy of aural tuning of pianos over electronic or computer-assisted tuning. The wealth of creativity and human intelligence put into action when tuning a piano in aural form. Don’t use analogous activities performed by computers or any other apparatus.
Today we find most piano tuners using almost only the electronic instruments or computer software mentioned above. And, with little or no training in strictly aural piano tuning.
Many musicians with little training and musical sensibility have been guilty to this. By accommodating in their musical lives the work of poorly trained piano tuners. If we took away their electronic instruments, they could not tune more than a few notes.
We believe we must undertake a work of revaluation of the aural tuning of pianos with urgency. Work on which we will try to trace some general lines and found some conceptual pillars through this work.
We hope that the pages of this text can shed light on this controversial subject. While helping to restore the quality of professional piano tuners to the levels of excellence of yesteryear.