Here’s a quick Voicing tutorial! I noticed a bright note on a 1951 Poole Piano Co. Spinet sticking out. I’ll show you how “needling” this note evens out the tone.
(VIdeo Transcription) Hey Guys! Here’s a quick little tutorial on voicing. This little spinet here has one note that’s kinda sticking out. Listen. Hear how that note is brighter than the rest? Let’s see if we can do something to even that out. I’m going to take my needling tool here, you’ll see that’s a needle. I got this at Piano Forte Supply. But perhaps you can make your own. But I like this one a lot. We’re going to go in here and find this particular hammer right there. Now, these hammers are pretty worn. And it’s an inexpensive spinet, so I’m just going to go and do some needling right in here. A little hard to do with one hand and be careful not to poke yourself, ouch! Still a little bit brighter, and in a way I’m just finding the hardest spots. That’s better, quite a bit better. A little bit of stickiness still so I’m gonna do a little more needling.
On an upright piano such as this, the hammers don’t shift left or right so you don’t need to be concerned about voicing specifically for a shift position as you do in a grand. Nice! It worked out!
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