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    Default Seminar 6th May - The Importance of Tuning for Better Performance

    The Importance of Tuning
    for Better Performance
    Monday 6th May 2019 - Arrival 10.30 for 11am - 5pm

    This unique seminar day organised by Hammerwood
    Park, supported by the Finchcocks Charity for Music
    Education and PIANOTEQ, aims to look importance
    tuning plays in the appreciation of musical performance,
    creativity in music and the ability of music to
    The day will be hosted by tuning specialist David
    Pinnegar and will include presentations and
    demonstrations given by professional musicians who
    have experienced creative differences from tuning in
    different ways. These musicians include the international
    renowned pianist and Chopin expert Adolfo Barabino
    and a host of musicians with international performance
    and recording experience.
    The day will include tea/coffee and refreshments, but
    will not include lunch. Please bring your own lunch.
    Tickets for the day are £30 and include access to all
    presentations and performances.
    For further information and ticket sales please contact
    Hammerwood Park on : 01342 850594
    Website :
    Tickets are also available on PayPal at the following
    email :
    Hammerwood Park, Hammerwood, East Grinstead,
    East Sussex, RH19 3QE
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    There are legitimate questions about that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkW View Post
    There are legitimate questions about that?
    Actually yes.

    For over a century, there has been an interaction between the increasing power of pianos, greater tension on thicker strings, cross stringing with a style of tuning that makes the instrument glisten and shimmer, and in that we are seduced. It sold pianos. But sterilised the music.

    What happened was that the 5th harmonic (two octaves and a third) was brought forward in the sound of post 1870s instruments and Equal Temperament put forward a sharp third which beat shimmeringly against the 5th harmonic, and a 9th harmonic which was very close to the equal tempered three octaves and a tone, giving a metallic glistening. One modern style of tuning stretches the octaves with the result of making the metallic harmonics brighter and resonating more.

    Instead, I go back to the spirit of tuning older instruments, personally known to me a 1802 Stodart, 1819 Broadwood, 1854 Emerich Betsy and an 1859 Broadwood concert grand, all straight strung, which have the 3rd harmonic prominent and very little if any 5th harmonic in the tone.

    When we keep the octave to a 2-1 ratio, strictly and not stretched in the middle register, and put scale notes upon the 3rd harmonic of lower strings, the harmony of the music is enhanced, and the metallic hard sound of the instrument is reduced, less shimmer, so allowing stillness to becalm the sound in many keys, and this gives the music different sounds in different keys, and was why many composers were very particular about which key they composed in.

    So the sound of the piano is changed and improved, it expresses the music better and performers and audiences therethrough have better access to the emotion of the music that the composers built into their soundworld by reason of choice of key. And that soundworld was consciously chosen and intended.

    The seminar will explore this, with top musicians performing, effectively as a masterclass, others wanting to try, live experiments and demonstrations with Pianoteq simulation, curious music lovers, and hopefully piano tuners and technicians interested in expanding the range of things they can offer to musicians who know about it.

    Best wishes

    David P

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