Over the years several customers have asked about finding a piano teacher either for themselves or their children. It never fails that these conversations turn to stories about childhood piano teachers. For example; "When I was a young child my mother made me take piano lessons. I had this horrible teacher that used to hit my hands with a stick if I played a wrong note." After I hear stories like this I think there must have been a "piano teacher school" years ago that advocated hitting hands when wrong notes are played because I've heard that same story over and over. Here's another common one; "I used to hate piano lessons. My mother used to make me practice and not let me go out and play unless I practiced for at least a half hour." I get the same stories of regret over and over too; They wished they had applied themselves more. Everyone I speak to would like their children to enjoy learning the piano. This seems to be the consensus today. Make the whole experience more enjoyable, as it should be, that's what I say.
If you find the right teacher for yourself or child then practicing may come much easier. If all you have to look forward to is a bad experience at the lesson, well, who is going to want to practice for that nightmare. On the other hand, if the teacher is kind and encouraging who wouldn't appreciate that. Now, if the student really enjoys music as well, you have a win win scenario and success is on the horizon.
I'm having a party and I want to hire a piano player. Is there anything I should keep in mind? Yes there is. Have a list of questions ready for your prospective players. If your pickings are slim for a player then your list will be shorter or unnecessary. Be prepared to pay a good performer well. Here are some options to find a player:
If your going to have a party and hire a piano player by all means prepare the piano for them. Hire your favorite technician to tune it, and, if you can afford it, have him check the voicing, regulation and foot pedal (trapwork) for adjustment. While your at it have the case and belly cleaned too. Impress your guests with a quality musical time.
When planning a party and the music to go along with it, the match is everything. Would we play rock for a tea party or serve chili and beer with Opera? Some would say those suggestions are fine and perhaps they could be. However, if you are going to hire a piano player, bear in mind that the music he plays will have a great effect on the atmosphere of your gathering.
Hiring a piano mover is much like hiring any other service professional. Out of all the the things you could move in your house, a piano poses some unique characteristics:
It's not uncommon for a piano owner to move their own piano. It's also true that many times a piano will end up fallen to the ground or street in parts or with some serious damage because of inexperience. .Experienced movers on rare occasions will spill a piano too. Every mover I know has had an accident at least once. Usually that is enough to learn some difficult lessons and make sure you have good insurance. With this in mind, below is a list of important mover qualifications.
Refinishing a piano or any other wood furniture is a dirty nasty business filled with repairs, smell of chemicals, messy tools, sanding, sanding and more sanding, having the right tools, the right products and enough time and energy to finish the job etc. etc. Experience and pride of workmanship is what makes this work turn out well. People who do this all the time are prepared and experienced for what comes with this commitment. They deserve every penny that they charge for this work and we should be thankful that somebody is willing to do this for a living.
If you decide to refinish your piano on your own then be prepared for a battle. We won't go into color choices, tools, techniques or products here because the choices are far too complex. I will mention a few things I have noticed on do-it-yourself projects that could have been avoided.