Monday, May 23, 2016

News From a Local Music Store


Piper Music in Bellingham has a new owner! Congratulations to Dr. William Brooke for this new chapter in his life. Dr. Brooke has a diverse background of education and experience in both music and business. Looking forward to meeting him and seeing the positive changes he will bring to the area.


*** NEW LOCATION ***

Please note...as of June 3rd, Piper Music will be located at: 
1705 N. State Street

Bellingham, WA 98225


They will be open until May 28th at the current location: 
2512 Meridian Street

Bellingham, WA 98225




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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

How Long Did It Take You to Learn How to Do This Work?




This is one of the most frequent questions that I am asked at any of my appointments. I have to laugh a little as I respond that piano technology is field where it is not how long it took but that it takes a lifetime of continuing education and refinement. This past weekend was one of those grand opportunities for further learning and growth. I attended the Piano Technicians Guild’s four-day regional conference in Seattle known as WestPAC. Taking classes in field repairs, business organization, shop and tool refinement, Yamaha’s Disklavier Player Pianos, action rebuilding with composite material, action regulation, voicing techniques and tone regulation. Some of the things taught I had heard many times before but it never gets old for me. All subjects discussed bring a beneficial awareness of an ability to offer higher quality service. But more than anything, I left this conference re-inspired by the instructors and leaders of WestPAC. Many of these men and woman have dedicated decades of their lives to this often overlooked industry. Not only do they teach and lead by example, but they are also excited to finish teaching their class so they can attend another instructor’s class in hopes to learn something new and different. I am honored to be a part of this fine organization. And I look forward to the next conference and my lifetime of learning all the beautiful complexities of the piano. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

We Want to Feel Human

Click to listen: http://bbc.in/1bYpDLq
Click to Read Article & Watch Video:
http://www.bbc.com/Gaza's Piano

There is a story that keeps resurfacing into my consciousness. Recent world events in Belgium have brought my thoughts back to the beautiful story of "Saving Gaza's Last Piano." Tim Whewell of BBC News published this article March 26, 2015. If you are asking what Belgium has to do with a piano in Gaza, please read on. The Music Fund is a Belgium based, non-profit organization that collects, repairs and sends musical instruments to musicians and music schools in conflict areas and developing countries. Amongst the many humanitarian projects was this piano in Gaza.

One of the most powerful things brought out in the article to me is why they desired music to be a priority in their lives despite the lack for basic necessities of life. In their words, "We want to feel human." Playing piano and enjoying music allowed them this ability. I hope you take the time in the busy of your day to sit and enjoy a few brief moments with your piano. Allow it to give back to you a gift of more than just being. The freedom to feel human.


http://www.musicfund.eu/






Monday, December 14, 2015

Music Lessons in a Digital World

On occasion I am asked where to find a qualified piano teacher. Of course I will always support my local teachers and small business owners through the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and other similar organizations. However, not every good teacher has an opening when one is seeking to secure a spot as a student. And in this ever increasing fast-paced world, is there the opportunity to take travel time out of a busy schedule for these kind of lessons. The solution - online music lessons. We've all heard about the possibility but where to go for qualified lessons? 

Recently I stumbled across an online company that offers what appears to be just the right fit for both teachers looking to teach and students seeking to learn online. Musika was founded in 2001 by Edward Scott Brady; a classically trained cellist with an impressive resume of performing on the highest levels internationally. It's worth a glance if this is an area of even remote interest for you or someone you know.

To learn more about Musika's online lessons, click this link: http://www.musikalessons.com/


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Do You Know Lang Lang?



Last week I tuned a piano for a nice gentleman in Bellingham. Upon entering the home and seeing the piano, he asked "Do you know Lang Lang?" Hmmm.... Do I know Lang Lang? You mean one the most well known concert pianist of our time? The flamboyant, entertaining pianist that's featured on many a documentaries about the piano? That Lang Lang? Yes! I know who Lang Lang is! "Well," my good natured client continued, "the previous owner had this piano in New York. Lang Lang played it and stated it was his most favorite Steinway B in all of New York City." Now folks, we all love our pianos and more especially love a good story that goes with our pianos. But I've learned in my experience that these stories are not always true. I proceeded to prep the piano for tuning keeping my doubts to myself. I lifted the lid and wouldn't you know - Lang Lang signed the inside! 

Well it serves me right this slice of humble pie. All in the day and life of a piano tuner. We never know what we will find under the lid of our next piano. ;) 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Free Christmas Music Arrangements


Black Friday Sales and Cyber Monday Discounts can be great. But what's better than free? Well...free Christmas Music that is. And that's exactly what Price Point Piano is offering online. These arrangements are great for the piano player of all ages. Whether it be yourself, a child or a student. To download a copy of the sheet music for one or all the songs offered, click this link: http://pianopricepoint.com/FreeChristmasMusic


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Black Friday Deals


Are you in the market for a new or used piano? If yes, now might be the time to head on down to Seattle for Steinway's 2015 Inventory Clearance Sale. This sale will be for one week only. 

November 27th thru December 5th

Don't forget that Steinway & Sons offer a variety of pianos for all price ranges including the Boston and Essex models. 

Not ready to purchase a piano just yet but thinking about a rental, they have that option there too. 

For more information, see their website at: http://www.steinwayseattle.com/