Tune Your Piano Before Presenting It On YouTube
By Eliyahu Shahar
I'm guilty. My piano needs to be tuned and I've posted a few pieces
on YouTube. If you compare the YouTube videos that I've made to those
that some have made, mine doesn't compare -- it sounds a lot worse.
If you compare it to others that are out there, it sounds a lot better
because my pianos are expressing beautifully and are pleasant
instruments to listen to.
I don't have a piano tech that I trust right now. My old piano tech
astutely said that a piano is _never_ in tune; as soon as you tune it
the part you started with is out of tune and when you go back to tune
it the rest is already out of tune. So, who's ever able to say their
piano is in tune or not?
Finally, I don't own a video camera. I make my poor attempts of videos
with my iPhone. There is a terrible gain control which negates a lot
of the beautiful expression that you hear in person on the piano and my
hand is not steady enough to make a good movie. Sometimes my dogs bark
in the background.
Yet I still post and will post on YouTube. If you don't like them,
then don't worry about it -- it's not perfection. It is better than
some, not as good as others. If you don't like mine, then listen to
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