Category Archives: Pianos

How sweet the sound

I couldn’t take it anymore. My audience was getting frustrated, too. I’d struggled with this particular piano for nearly 3 years, using the soft pedal continuously to tone down its harshness, leaving me with a sore hip and a cranky … Continue reading

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Get happy

In early March, the “Life Enrichment Director” of a new senior care facility asked me to play the piano for their Friday afternoon happy hour. From 3:15-3:45, she requested. When I arrived, a corporate type standing just inside the front … Continue reading

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With the pedal, I love to meddle

I have played some pretty awful pianos in my years as a volunteer pianist— neglected, beat-up instruments sitting in overheated rooms, serving primarily to display fake plants, candles, and craft projects. It’s a challenge, to say the least, to get … Continue reading

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I love a piano

Many of my listeners say that they wish they’d kept at their childhood piano lessons. They lament ignoring their mothers’ advice to practice. I also meet people who became competent pianists, but now age has taken a toll: their hands … Continue reading

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Won’t you play a simple melody?

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 … Continue reading

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