Hearing a piano being tuned is no fun. The tuner repeatedly strikes a single note, while using a lever to turn the pin inside the piano that holds a corresponding string. In tiny increments, the tension of the string is adjusted to the correct pitch.
A – A – A – A – A – A – A – A – A – A
One key at a time. All 88 keys. More than 200 strings. You get the idea.
A piano tuner told me about a woman in a nursing home who, after listening to him go through this process for a while, approached the piano, patted his arm, and sweetly informed him: “That’s not a song, dear.”
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