Pianos Inside Out

Pianos Inside Out Author Mario Igrec
ISBN-10 0982756305
Year 2013-01-01
Pages 539
Language en

Pianos Inside Out takes an in-depth look at the history, design, and maintenance of the piano, and provides practical guidance to anyone who wants to learn how to improve action performance, or tune, repair, regulate, voice, or rebuild pianos. Covering a wide range of topics, from introductory to advanced, the book puts between two covers all the advancements and understanding gained by the piano industry over the last 30 years, to provide a unified and coherent view of that much-needed information, from coincident partial tuning and interval inharmonicity, to touchweight analysis, string leveling, and the different types of modern lubricants. Although written for hobbyists, students, and piano technicians, Pianos Inside Out will also help pianists and owners of pianos to better understand their instruments and to communicate more effectively with their technicians. The book is full of clear, concise, step-by-step instructions, and more than 700 illustrations and diagrams.

Player Piano

Player Piano Author Arthur A. Reblitz
ISBN-10 9781461664475
Year 1997-01-01
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Vestal Press

For beginners and experienced technicians alike.

Piano Tuning

Piano Tuning Author J. Cree Fischer
ISBN-10 9780486172903
Year 2014-05-05
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Courier Corporation

Simple, professional method presents 17 lessons for using basic tools to adjust a few notes or an entire piano. Includes fixes for sticky keys, bottoms, capstans, hammer stems, and more.

Piano Manual

Piano Manual Author John Bishop
ISBN-10 1844254852
Year 2009-07-15
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher Haynes Publishing UK

Haynes manuals are now being published on a wide range of subjects, including musical instruments – and here comes coverage of one of the most popular and versatile instruments of all. This manual explains the essentials of buying a piano before moving on to the meat of the book – the care and maintenance of a piano. A trouble-shooting section explains how to check condition and diagnose common piano ailments, and then three maintenance chapters follow, detailing different levels. The ‘easy’ section covers routine tasks that anyone can and should do; ‘moderate’ looks at maintenance and repair that someone with good DIY skills can achieve; and ‘advanced’ covers work that is usually best left to professionals but that it’s nonetheless good to know about.

The Family Piano Doctor

The Family Piano Doctor Author Don Wicks
ISBN-10 0713467320
Year 1991
Pages 143
Language en
Publisher B T Batsford Limited

If you are the owner of one of the thousands of neglected, but still servicable, family pianos, then this new DIY piano maintenance book may prove of interest. All aspects of piano servicing and maintenance are covered in relatively simple terms as are the methods of tuning a piano. The author of The Family Piano Doctor is a trained pianist and has been a professional piano tuner and repairer for many years.

Musical Instruments of the Bible

Musical Instruments of the Bible Author Jeremy Montagu
ISBN-10 9781461669944
Year 2002-10-09
Pages 192
Language en
Publisher Scarecrow Press

For everyone who's read the Bible and wondered what David's harp, or Nebuchadnezzar's sackbut and cornett really were, Jeremy Montagu, retired curator of Oxford's Bate Collection of Historical Instruments, has composed an astoundingly thorough investigation and explanation of the musical instruments that pepper the pages of Western Civilization's most holy book. This is a detailed study of all the musical instruments mentioned in the Bible, using the resources of linguistics, organology, and ethnomusicology to identify and describe them. Every reference to an instrument is noted and all the misconceptions of translation are corrected. The Bible, as we know it in English, is a translation, and the history of biblical translations into Aramaic, Greek, Latin and other languages is one of guesswork. The substitution of the musical instruments from the translator's era for those of the original author is as common as it is overlooked. Jubal did not have an organ, nor David a harp. This book uses all the resources available to establish what each instrument really was, what it looked like, and how it was played and is arranged in the same order as the King James Bible, with explanation where this differs from other versions in English. As well as a full bibliography, there are three indexes. The first is of Biblical Citations so that readers may check every mention in the Bible from its chapter and verse. The second is a quadrilingual parallel citation in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and English, so that each reference can be crosschecked. The third is a general index. The four biblical languages, Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin, are used to the full, and the original texts are cited frequently. There are 18 illustrations, some of which are archeological remains, some ethnographic parallels, and one is of the sole biblical instrument still in regular use: the ram's horn which brought down the walls of Jericho. Musical Instruments of the Bible is perfect for university theology and comparative religion depa

A Natural History of the Piano

A Natural History of the Piano Author Stuart Isacoff
ISBN-10 9780307701428
Year 2011-11-15
Pages 384
Language en
Publisher Vintage

A beautifully illustrated, totally engrossing celebration of the piano, and the composers and performers who have made it their own. With honed sensitivity and unquestioned expertise, Stuart Isacoff—pianist, critic, teacher, and author of Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization—unfolds the ongoing history and evolution of the piano and all its myriad wonders: how its very sound provides the basis for emotional expression and individual style, and why it has so powerfully entertained generation upon generation of listeners. He illuminates the groundbreaking music of Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Schumann, and Debussy. He analyzes the breathtaking techniques of Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Arthur Rubinstein, and Van Cliburn, and he gives musicians including Alfred Brendel, Murray Perahia, Menahem Pressler, and Vladimir Horowitz the opportunity to discuss their approaches. Isacoff delineates how classical music and jazz influenced each other as the uniquely American art form progressed from ragtime, novelty, stride, boogie, bebop, and beyond, through Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Cecil Taylor, and Bill Charlap. A Natural History of the Piano distills a lifetime of research and passion into one brilliant narrative. We witness Mozart unveiling his monumental concertos in Vienna’s coffeehouses, using a special piano with one keyboard for the hands and another for the feet; European virtuoso Henri Herz entertaining rowdy miners during the California gold rush; Beethoven at his piano, conjuring healing angels to console a grieving mother who had lost her child; Liszt fainting in the arms of a page turner to spark an entire hall into hysterics. Here is the instrument in all its complexity and beauty. We learn of the incredible craftsmanship of a modern Steinway, the peculiarity of specialty pianos built for the Victorian household, the continuing innovation in keyboards including electronic ones. And most of all, we hear the music of the masters, from centuries ago and in our own age, brilliantly evoked and as marvelous as its most recent performance. With this wide-ranging volume, Isacoff gives us a must-have for music lovers, pianists, and the armchair musician.

Encyclopedia of 20th Century Technology

Encyclopedia of 20th Century Technology Author Colin Hempstead
ISBN-10 9781135455507
Year 2005-08-08
Pages 992
Language en
Publisher Routledge

Comprising 395 essays arranged alphabetically, mostly on individual objects, artefacts, techniques, and products, this is an up-to-date work of reference for all those involved in teaching or researching the history of twentieth-century technology. For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit the Encycloped ia of 20th-Century Technology website.

Appalachian Dulcimer Traditions

Appalachian Dulcimer Traditions Author Ralph Lee Smith
ISBN-10 0810874121
Year 2010-03-19
Pages 202
Language en
Publisher Scarecrow Press

This book describes the recovery of the Appalachian dulcimer's lost history, tracing the dulcimer's roots in a German instrument, the scheitholt; describing the early history of the scheitholt and the dulcimer in America, and outlining the development of distinctive dulcimer styles in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Kentucky. This fully revised and expanded edition provides additional information about the instrument's history before the Civil War and discusses traditions and types that are still being discovered and documented.