Piano Tuning and Repair Course Index

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Lesson 1- “The Piano Styles, Parts and History”

 

 

  • Where did the piano come from?
  • Types, styles and sizes of the common piano
  • Overview of parts all pianos share
  • Cabinet parts of grand pianos and upright pianos
  • Action parts of upright and grand pianos

Lesson 2- “Piano Care & Intro to Piano Tuning

  • Disassembling an upright piano
  • Disassembling a grand piano
  • Removing a spinet piano action
  • Proper piano cleaning techniques
  • Why does a piano go out of tune?
  • Note vs. noise
  • “Beats” and “Unisons”
  • Piano tuning tools 

Lesson 3- “Piano Tuning Basics”

  • Tuning comfortably
  • Unison tuning exercise
  • Whole steps and half steps
  • Intervals defined- parallel and contiguous
  • 4ths and 5ths Interval tuning exercise (training your ear)
  • Octave tuning exercise

Lesson 4- “Setting Equal Temperament”

  • What does equal temperament mean?
  • Tuning octaves with temperament strip
  • Partials defined
  • 4th and 5th equal temperament exercise
  • Octaves 4ths and 5ths test
  • Using a metronome to count beats
  • 3rds and 6ths equal temperament exercise
  • F-F temperament exercise

Lesson 5- “Tuning the Treble & the Bass”

  • Stretching the midrange octaves exercise
    • “Test” your stretch exercises
  • Tuning the bass into the midrange
    • “Test” your work exercises
  • Tuning the treble into the midrange exercise
    • “Test” your work exercise
  • Preforming a “pitch raise” using your tuning fork

Lesson 6- “Regulating the Upright Action”

  • Removing/ replacing the upright action
  • Regulating the hammers
    • Travel, alignment, blow distance
  • Regulating the jack/ lost motion
  • Regulating the keyboard
    • Square & space the keys
    • Easing the keys
    • Replacing felt punching’s
    • Key height
    • Leveling the keys
    • Key dip
  • Regulating the let off of the hammers
  • Regulating the back check
  • Regulating the dampers
  • Regulating the bridal straps
  • Regulating the drop action
    • Thayer action + Pratt-Read Action

Lesson 7- “Regulating the Grand Action”

  • Removing/ replacing the grand action
  • Bedding the key frame
  • Squaring/ spacing the keys
  • Leveling the keys
  • Adjust key dip
  • Travel & align hammers
  • Regulating the jack
  • Regulating the repetition lever
  • Regulating the hammer height
  • Regulating let off/ drop
    • Let off
    • Drop
    • After touch
  • Regulating Hammer Checking/ Backchecks
  • Regulating the repetition lever spring
  • Regulating Dampers
  • Regulating the pedals
  • Regulating the strike line

Lesson 8- “Minor and Major Repairs”

  • Dead sounding strings
  • Slipping tuning pins
  • Rusty /Dirty tuning pins and strings
  • Hammer butt
  • Bridal straps
  • String replacement & repair
  • Cracked Pinblock
  • Re-bushing / repining a flange
  • Re-bushing keys
  • Key button damage
  • Keytop replacement

Lesson 9- “Rare Findings, Special Repairs & Hammer Voicing”

  • Bird cage Actions
  • Scroll player pianos
  • Digital player pianos
  • The square grand piano
  • Repairing a cracked soundboard
  • Hammer voicing
    • Filling hammers
    • Softening hammers
    • Hardening hammers

Lesson 10 - “How to Run a Successful Business in the 21st Century”

  • Getting clients
    • Business cards
    • Website builders
    • Mobile websites
    • Search Engines
    • Social Media
    • Craigslist/ and other online listing sites
    • Working with churches, schools, piano stores, restaurants, etc
  • Retaining your clients
    • On the job business practices
    • Keeping good records
    • Pricing your services