While most people understand the concept or piano tuning, few laymen grasp piano voicing. Tuning is adjusting all the strings to vibrate at the correct frequency. That much is straightforward. But the sound of your piano depends on more than the frequencies at which the strings vibrate. Many other factors affect the quality of the sound, causing the tone to vary anywhere from a soft, sweet tone to a bright, even loud tone.
Piano voicing is the process of adjusting the tone of a piano to match your desired tone, or a particular piece of music. Consider the differences in tone between a piano used to play jazz and one used to play classical music like Beethoven. It takes a highly-skilled piano technician like Jean-Luc, from Jean-Luc’s Piano Service in Albuquerque, NM, to get the tone exactly right.
Once it is decided that the tone of a piano needs to be adjusted, the technician can use a variety of techniques to accomplish this. One example is reshaping the hammers with sandpaper to ensure that the hammers strike the strings cleanly. Another is the adjustment of the key actions to ensure a good strike of the string when a key is pressed. Beyond these are techniques like hardening or softening the surfaces of individual hammers to alter the tone.
While piano voicing is a durable process, pianos, like people, age over time. The hammers, strings, and even the physical structure of a piano change with age. Any of these changes will eventually affect the tone of the piano and may call for adjusting the voicing.
Piano voicing is a complicated and highly technical process. When your piano tone needs to be adjusted, you will want to rely on a highly-skilled and experienced technician. Contact Jean-Luc to get your piano voiced right.