How to Tune a Piano
A professional tunes the piano with a tool called a
Hello, my name is Malcolm. I am here at the Piano Workshop at Reigate, Surrey, UK for About.com to show you how a piano is tuned.The first thing you need to do is to have an access to the tuning pins on the piano which should be these parts, and then you will need a specialized tool, called the tuning leaver, which is used to move the pins backwards and forwards.The pin fits over the tuning pin and then if the piano is out of tune... I will just put it out of tune to show you. So it is out of tune, so you need to pull the leaver either backwards of forwards depending which way, and so it is, pull it forwards to me I am stretching the string, and it brings the piano back into tune. This is done throughout the whole piano, one by one. Checking the octaves, all the way up the piano.But I must stress you should only really get this done by a professional piano tuner, or otherwise you can really do some damage to your piano by stretching the strings too much, breaking them, or put the piano completely out of tune.You do need to keep it regularly tuned and this will help the piano overall. This should be done at least once every 6 months. Thank you for watching. This is Malcolm from the Piano Workshop, Reigate, Surrey, UK, for About.com.