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i think i've decided that this is what i want to do with my life.
can anyone here do it?
know any piano tuners?
used to tune the piano's at my old school. Quite a scary looking chap if I remember correctly. He must be shit hot!
He's dead now. I think being blind is eseential to the job.
The one who came to our school certainly was.
He arrived maybe twice in my four years at that school, and those four years ended in 1986.
becoming obsessed with tuning systems, and being able to distinguish Werckmeister III from Quarter-comma meantone. And listening to LaMonte Young. You have been warned.
really really interesting, its weird to realise the 12 note scale isn't natural or musically perfect but just convinient, im surprised it isn't something musicians experiment with more
sure its not a spell of indie kid 'oooo that'd be kool' as you know it would be quite mind numbing and take years of training before you could go off by yourself and do right?
yell.co.uk piano tuners
I don't think you should deprive the blind of one of their best job opportunities.
I'm guessing you need a really trained ear, so I'm not sure whether it's better if you've studied music or something or worked under someone for a while. I've no idea how my piano tuner got into it. Are you doing something involving music at the moment?
as far as im concerned, all i need to do is learn all the theory - read a bunch of books to understand the principles involved, then read a bunch of books about the structure of pianos, then read a bunch of books on how to tune a piano, practise tuning on some friends' pianos that theyre too poor to afford to get tuned anyway. then get in touch with as many piano tuners as i can and ask if i can tag along with them and watch what they're doing/chat with them
i imagine that this will take a good few years, a few solid hours a week but i've got a fairly good brain on me and a pretty good ear if i say so myself. when i've learnt how to do it, i can start doing it in my spare time, get some general customers and after a while quit my job.
this may all seem a bit naieve, but i really dont see how its anything more than "learn a load of stuff, and when you can do it you can do it" and its a very specialised, very bankable skill
it would seem there's a bit more to it than that, most people have studied music and then do apprenticship type things in other places that do restorations/repairs as you'd need to be able to replace broken hammers/old felts etc too.
I also just found some guy who studied at a music college for the blind and is now a piano tuner..
i dont think i'd be any good at that.
is that there are simply fewer pianos than there used to be - more people have electronic versions instead.
i've found out most paino tuners are blind.
i dont know why but this has made my day
i read a few things about it last night and didnt see blindness mentioned once
but I think it must be somewhat rooted in fact. Anecdotally, the three piano tuners I have met/seen have all been blind.
that blind people are more likely to decide to become piano tuners, than that they're intrinsically better at it.
I thought the loss of sight did often lead to increasingly acute hearing?
Course this doesn't mean a non-blind person couldn't be just as able, but maybe not on average.
blind people are likely to pay more attention to hearing, so they put more practice in, as it were. But, as you say, whether a practised blind person will be better than a practised sighted person I don't think is the case.
I'd usually be tempted to go and look for some articles on this but today I am supposedly trying to work
theres at least 3 replies on a thread on the internet that say so, so it IS a fact
that the man who came round to tune my mum and dad's piano a couple of times was NOT visually impaired. Although my confirmation is only me saying this, i don't think that i can prove it or anything.
and good luck with the piano tuning thing too. I thought of it once, but didn't have the strength of my convictions to pull it off.
tuner is called Chris Dolby, he always sends us a Christmas card. I have just found out he has a website: