Skip to content
Home » Blog Posts » In-Tune and On-Point: How to Start Learning Piano Tuning

In-Tune and On-Point: How to Start Learning Piano Tuning

Piano Tuner Learning How to Tune Pianos, Pittsburgh, PA - Luis Hernandez

Can you learn to tune pianos without owning one?

The answer to that is: maybe. Tuning pianos is a skill that takes practice and patience. Learning how to tune one is a difficulty, but rewarding task. Here’s a guide on how to start learning piano tuning, even if you don’t have one of your own.

Step 1: Find a Free Piano Online

Your first mission is to locate a piano for practice. Often, you can find free pianos listed on platforms like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. Don’t fret over the brand or condition—any piano will serve as your tuning canvas. Once you’ve located one, it’s time to transport it to your home.

Step 2: Move the Piano

When you’re moving a piano, you have two options. You can hire professional piano movers or, if the piano is a console, you can do it yourself with a couple of friends. Rent a U-Haul truck, get some straps and a dolly, and you’ll be good to go. Some people say YouTube is the place of all knowledge. You can find tutorials on how to move a piano safely without professional help.

Before diving into tuning, assemble your toolkit. A tuning hammer, tuning fork, and piano tuning lever are essential. These tools can be purchased individually or as part of a tuning kit.

Step 3: Get a Piano Tuning Kit

To start tuning your piano, you’ll need a piano tuning kit. These kits usually come with mutes, which you’ll need to use while tuning. You can try Facebook or Craigslist, but if you want your tuning kit fast, you can try Amazon that has 2-day shipping. Ebay is also a good source. Get nothing fancy, just something you can turn the pins with.

Step 4: Start Tuning

Before delving into tuning, acquaint yourself with pitch. Pitch refers to the highness or lowness of a sound, measured in hertz (Hz). For instance, when struck, a tuning fork produces a specific pitch. The standard pitch for pianos is A4 at 440 Hz, sometimes A4 at 441 Hz in some Europe countries.

Once you have your piano and your tuning kit, it’s time to start tuning. First, you’ll need to pick a note in the middle register. Using the mutes, place it on the left or right side, isolating two strings. Use your tuning hammer to turn the middle pin counter clockwise. This process will lower the pitch on the middle string and you will start to hear it go out of tune. If you don’t hear any changes in sound, you are either on the wrong pin or your mute is in the wrong place. Also, don’t worry about breaking a string. Piano strings don’t usually break while going down in pitch. Besides, if a string break, you have many more to practice with!

Step 5: Master the Unisons

As you get more comfortable with controlling the tuning hammer and listening to the beats, change registers and repeat the process. This will help you become a master at tuning unisons.

Step 6: Get a Tuning App

To assist in your tuning practice, you can get a tuning app. There are many free ones available, but some of the best ones include Verituner and Cybertuner, which are pricey, but provide precise and accurate results.

Step 7: Join the Piano Technicians Guild

To take your piano tuning skills to the next level, consider visiting your local Piano Technicians Guild. The people there are amazing, welcoming, and extremely knowledgeable. They might even have room in their schedule to mentor you. Additionally, joining piano tuning Facebook groups or finding resources on the web (and YouTube!)will give you access to a community of piano technicians who are willing to teach and help in any way they can.

The Professional Touch

As a professional piano tuner based in Pittsburgh, PA, Luis Hernandez has the skills and knowledge to fine-tune a piano to perfection. With years of experience and training, he has the ability to identify and correct even the smallest of pitch discrepancies, ensuring that your piano sounds the best it possibly can. Luis uses the highest quality tools and techniques to ensure that every piano is in perfect harmony. Whether you’re a concert pianist looking for a world-class sound, or a family looking to make beautiful music together, Luis can help you achieve the perfect piano tuning.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *