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How To Tune A Piano

How to tune a piano is not a straightforward and easy task. Trust me on this one!

I have been a piano teacher for many years, have played for as long as I can remember and know how a piano works, pretty well.

But I will never even begin to think I know how to tune them - not even close! I always leave it to the experts.

Tuning a piano is a complicated process that is best left to professionals. Good, experienced piano tuners don’t come cheap. But, if you try to learn how to tune a piano yourself and have a go, there is a risk of creating even more problems, which could end up being an even more costly fix job anyway. Or worse, the damage can be permanent. So, my opinion? It's worth the cost, and not worth the potential grief.


The piano is a complex, delicate instrument that should be treated with care. Tuning strings on the piano (more than 200) is very different to the strings on a guitar.

Think of piano tuning as an investment. It is just one of those things that have to be done to maintain its value. It’s like when you have a car – whether its a Mercedes or an old beat up second hand Toyota you’ll need to get it serviced or it won’t be usable.

Ideally, a piano should be tuned twice a year. Sometimes if a piano is moved (eg if you are moving house) a piano may need to be tuned several times over the space of a few months.

Of course, you might be able to get away with a tuning once every two years, as long as its playable and doesn’t sound really badly out of tune when you play.

On the odd occasion you might find one of the notes starts to sound funny, a string might break or the key doesn’t work properly. This is when you’ll need to call the tuner in as well.

The best way to find a good piano tuner is to ask friends and family who have pianos of their own. They might have done all the searching for you already.

The fees for piano tuning can vary considerably too, so shop around to compare prices.

Another way to find a piano tuner is through your yellow pages or even call your local piano store.

Make sure you check that the piano tuner or piano tuning company is insured in case of personal injury, damage to the piano itself or any other property. They should also offer some kind of guarantee on their work.

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