Theory and Practice of Piano Tuning

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This is a comprehensive manual on the art and science of piano tuning. It is a repository of teaching substance and research from former lecturing at the Royal National College. It is suitable for anyone wishing to undertake a serious study of the subject, either vocationally or academically.

The current latest editions are
ISBN 9780992814106
ISBN 9780957362277.

Each edition is manufactured by a different printer and therefore there may be slight physical differences between them but the editions are otherwise the same.

Approximately 6" X 9" / 15cm X 23cm - 680 pages

Over 300 illustrations and tables.

Why we need skilled piano tuners
Intonation and tone
The distance between theory and the art
Theory of sound Temperament theory
Elementary “traditional” tuning and beat rate theory
What contemporary acoustics reveals
What attenuation is, and why it is so important
Beyond the 19th century model – How “beating” and “beat rates” really work
Beyond the 19th century model – How tempered intervals really behave in fine tuning
False beat phenomenon and its influence
The effects of bridge coupling
How real tone- envelopes behave in fine tuning
Inharmonicity and small piano syndrome
What octave stretching is, why, and how it works
Setting the pin – the theory behind it and how to practice it
Scale plasticity, logic, and tuning technique
Psychoacoustics and how to listen

Piano tuning and this book

Part 1 –
Background Theory The invisible art and science
The essential ideas
Temperament Theory
“Traditional” piano tuning theory and elementary practice
The soundscape, spectrum and tone
Partial decay patterns

Part 2 –
Fine Tuning Practice
Unison Tuning Tuning the Scale
Octave tuning
Setting the Pin
Setting the pitch
Small piano syndrome
The Kirk Experiment

Part 3 –
Advanced Theory
The single piano string in one plane
The Weinreich Model
Two strings, two planes
The Trichord
Further comments on false partials

Glossary of key concepts
Select bibliography

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