In-Tune, the Piano World Newsletter

October/November 2014

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Winter is Coming. Is Your Piano Ready?

For those of us in the northern climates winter is fast approaching. Are you taking care of your piano properly?
If you live in an area that gets cold and dry you should consider a humidifier for the room where you keep your piano (or a piano specific humidifier).
Generally speaking pianos like humidity around 42%, and interestingly so do humans.
Do you own a piano that is still under warranty? Did you know some warranties may be voided if you don't maintain the proper environment for your piano?

And for those of you who are coming into summer (like our friends in Australia and New Zealand) you need to keep the humidity down.

Regardless of where you live, the change in seasons are also a good time to get your piano tuned.

Piano Parties!
We love piano parties! If you are planning to hold one, please let us know. Piano parties are a great way to share your love of playing (and listening) and an opportunity to get non-players interested.

The planning continues for a piano party in Switzerland in 2015, followed by one in Italy in 2016! See some details Here
Kathy and I hope to be able to attend the one in Italy (we'd love to attend both but finances won't support it). We're also planning to put together a European Piano Tour that encompasses Italy and possibly parts of Germany and Austria, still in the very early stages (also for 2016). Let us know if you might be interested (

Not sure what a piano party is? Check out the links above, and this forum Forum Members Parties, Tours, Cruises, & Meetings

Concerts, Recitals & Competitions

Olga Vinokur
(from NYC)Performing in Lowell, MA on Sunday Nov 9th at 4pm.
"Olga is an rich, dynamic and exciting performer and receiving fabulous reviews in NYC and around the world".
Details about the Olga Vinokur Piano Concert

-- E. J. Buck & Sons
Custom Piano Service
171 Lincoln St.
Lowell MA 01852
(978) 458-8688

Free Concert with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra
A free concert honoring our veterans, Nov. 11, 2014
Details - Honoring Our Heroes, A Veterans Day Concert

High Point University 2015 Inaugural Piano Competition
$10,000 in prizes awarded among 3 finalists
For pianists, ages 15-25 who reside in the United States.
Details of High Point Piano Competition

Xavier University Classical Piano Series
Information about the 2015 Piano Series Xavier University Piano Series

The Cleveland International Piano Competition
Junior Division
First Prize: $10,000
Second Prize: $5,000
Third Prize: $2,500

Senior Division
First Prize, presented by Zoya Reyzis: $25,000
Second Prize: $10,000
Third Prize: $5,000
CIPC Young Artists Competition Details

The Cliburn - International Junior Piano Competition & Festival For exceptional Pianists age 13-17
Applications Available Now
Applications Due: January 9, 2015

Cliburn Competition Details

2015 Valletta International Piano Competition
Valletta, Malta
February 6-9

Valletta Piano Competition Details

2015 Concerto Competition "Theodor Leschetizky"
New York April 18-19
(Winner's Concert April 22)
Application deadline February 6, 2015

2015 Concerto Competition Theodor Leschetizky Details
Have you visited the member recordings forums?
This is a great place to hear some of your fellow forums members. One is a sub forum in the Pianist Corner which features primarily classical music. Member Recordings - Pianist Corner

The other is under the Fun Stuff category and contains hundreds of recordings of all types of wonderful music. Member Recordings - General

Remember, if you know of any piano concerts, competitions, or events ... let us know!
You can post in this section of the piano forums (and/or email us). Don't forget to keep an eye on the forum below for news of upcoming concerts, competitions, and special (piano) events. Piano Concerts - Competitions - Events

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Posting Pictures in the Forums

We are often asked how to post pictures in the forums. There is a Picture Gallery Forum specifically here to make this easier. First, please understand that we much prefer you upload a copy of your pictures to our servers using this gallery feature, or our older uploader, rather than just linking to them hosted elsewhere.
We constantly find that pictures linked from one of the free services on the web inevitably end up with broken links.

Our picture gallery tool automatically creates three size pictures. Thumb, Medium (best for display in a forum thread) and Full (full original size of the image you uploaded).
Essentially the steps are:
1.) Upload your pictures to the gallery 2.) Copy and paste the url for each picture where you want them in your post (each picture will have the correct syntax for embedding the picture in your thread).

Full instructions for using the gallery can be found here... Posting Pictures in the Forums

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Fun & Interesting Stuff

MTNA National Conference
The Music Teachers National Association is holding their National Conference in Las Vegas in 2015.
Details at

Music Schools and Other Good Links
We've been updating our listings of schools offering music programs (particularly piano). If you are thinking about attending a music school, check out our listings. Music School Listings
If you know of any music schools you think we should add to our list, please let us know.

Links to other music related sites...
This page list other music related sites we thought were interesting, feel free to suggest additions to us. Links to Music Related Sites

Our own Robin Meloy Goldsby
(Pianist, Composer, Author, Actor, and long time Forums member, as well as the creative mind behind the long running "Let's Talk Weddings" post) and her beautiful, talented daughter Julia performing their original piece "Maybe It's You"
Robin & Julia Concert

What Playing a Musical Instrument Does to Your Brain!
Ever wonder if musician's brains are different?
Need some facts to help convince your child's school they should keep their music programs?
This little video just might be what you need. It goes beyond speculation, using actual scientific studies that show how wonderful playing a musical instrument can be for your brain.
What Playing a Musical Instrument Does for Your Brain!

Do you know of a particularly good thread you think others would enjoy?
Send me an email with a link to the thread ( or send it from within the thread itself. I'll take a look and consider listing it in a future newsletter.
And if you find one that would make a really good addition to one of our FAQ areas, please let me know that too.

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Are You Taking Care of Your Piano?

Piano Need Tuning? Did you know your piano should be tuned at least twice a year?
As a piano tuner I sometimes receive calls from customers who tell me they aren't sure if their piano actually needs to be tuned. Let's think about this. Have you ever watched a violinist in an orchestra? They often tune up before every piece, and they only have four strings to contend with. The average piano has about 235 strings! And how do you make music on a piano? By whacking those strings with felt wrapped devices called hammers!
Yes, your piano needs to be tuned.

And it isn't just playing that knocks your piano out of tune, changes in temperature and humidity cause all those wood components of your piano to swell and shrink, helping to stretch and shrink the string lengths, contributing to driving the piano out of tune.
Yes, your piano needs to be tuned.

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