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A few mishaps that seem terrible actually aren’t that bad, including pedals falling off, strings breaking, headphone jacks snapping off inside the unit, and even keys sticking. True, these are big headaches, but they aren’t serious problems. Just leave the problem alone and call a professional.
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Making Moving bag Wong-Free
If you own or rent an acoustic piano, moving from one residence to another is always going to be more expensive. You must hire a qualified piano mover to transfer your baby to its new home.
Don’t be cheap about hiring a mover. Inexperienced movers can ruin — let me say that again, please — ruin your piano.
I have three words of advice when it comes to moving your piano:
J' Don’t ever try to move the piano by yourself or with friends.
J' Always ask the moving company if they are qualified piano movers.
J’ Don’t watch when they move it.
Please allow me to clarify the last piece of advice. You should definitely be present to watch the movers and make sure they are taking extreme care when moving your precious baby. But I’m warning you that you’re guaranteed to grimace when you see them flip that piano over on its side. You just know it’s going to crash on the floor.
Piano moving involves its own specialized equipment: a piano board. This long flat board has lots of padding and several handles, or handholds. The movers lay the piano on its side on this board and strap the piano and piano board to the dolly. The piano board holds your baby securely and cushions any jarring bumps. If your movers show up without a piano board, then I strongly advise you to bid them farewell and call new movers.
Your local piano dealer can recommend several good moving companies who specialize in piano moving. The good ones actually receive endorsements from piano manufacturers.
The Part of Tens
The 5th Wave
By Rich Tennan
In this part...
lothing tough about this part at all. Part VII is the # W light reading part of this book. You can read up on some legendary performers, find things to do after you finish this book (like reading it again!), and receive my complimentary (actually, you paid for them) Teacher-Tracking Tips.
Whatever you do, find a cozy spot to sit back and relax while you read this part. Get away from the hum of your keyboard or the dust on your piano for awhile. You deserve it; you’ve been working (playing!) way too hard.
Ten Types of Performers and Their Recordings
In This Chapter
p Performers who define musical styles
p Great performances preserved in great recordings
^^rsonally, I don’t like to categorize music. Regardless of the category,
V you like a song, or the performer of that song, simply because you like it — not because of what style or genre it fits into. Put simply, you don’t need a cowboy hat to enjoy a Garth Brooks CD. But visit any record store, supermarket, or even your own sock drawer, and you realize that categorization is an unavoidable part of life. So, please allow me to introduce you to some legendary keyboardists and their recordings, separated for you by ... category.
Many of the composers of classical music were also keyboard players — some of them better known for their playing ability than the music they wrote. Whether they used a piano, harpsichord, or pipe organ, these old masters managed to find a set of black and white keys to suit their styles.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Regarded by many as the forefather of Western music — not to mention that he was the actual father of many musicians — this German musician (1685-1750) learned to play the violin under the tutelage of his father. After his parents died, Bach moved in with his big brother, who taught him to play
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the organ. At the age of 18, Bach got a job as a church organist. This job didn’t last long — the church said he improvised too much. He took a job at another church in Weimar, where he had to compose a new piece for the choir and organ every month. Thankfully, this church did not discourage his improvisations, thus giving the world the masterpieces it now knows and loves.
Ludu/ig (/an Beethoven
One of the greatest composers that ever lived, German-born Beethoven (1770-1827) was also a great pianist. His piano-playing and original piano pieces were in high demand throughout his career. Unlike many other composers, he became a celebrity during his lifetime. He would change the rules and shock the public, but people still lined up to buy his next piano sonata. Although Beethoven was opposed to naming his sonatas, his publisher insisted that he do so. Names like “Moonlight” and “Appassionata” sold sheet music by the bundle.
Tragically, Beethoven began to lose his hearing as he got older. He would often lay his ear on the piano lid as he played, just to feel the vibrations of the strings. By the end of his life he was completely deaf, unable to hear the crowds cheering. And, oh, how they did cheer!