Commonly Asked Questions About Piano Tuning

If you own a piano, you probably have questions regarding tuning your upright piano. Here are commonly asked questions about piano tuning:

Miller Piano Specialists September 23, 2022 2 Min Read

You probably have questions regarding tuning your upright piano, whether you’re just getting started or have had one for quite awhile. This article will cover all the details you need to know about piano tuning. Here are commonly asked questions about piano tuning:

How Often Should I Tune My Piano?

Manufacturers of pianos frequently advise customers that new pianos need four tunings in the first year of ownership. The piano needs to be tuned twice in the second year. In addition, you should tune your piano once a year at the very least. Check out our blog on what your child can do before beginning piano lessons if your piano is tuned and ready to play.

Should I Tune My Piano Even If I Don’t Play It Much?

It makes no difference how frequently you play the piano, whether in tune or not. Think about the standards for pianos. It’s important to have your piano tuned at least once a year if it isn’t brand-new. Changes in humidity and temperature lead pianos to become out of tune. 

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Is It Harmful When a Piano is Out of Tune?

Long periods without tuning a piano won’t result in destruction. However, they shouldn’t be out of tune for an extended period. As a piano sits in a house, it will naturally settle. The piano string tension determines how the piano settles. The result is that the strings start to become slack, and the piano sinks to a lower pitch when played if you leave your piano alone for an extended period without tuning it.

When a piano is tuned, the strings are pulled back to the correct pitch and tightened. A piano will need more tunings to sound “normal” again the longer you allow it to get out of tune.

Why Can’t My Piano Hold a Tune For a Long Time?

There could be a few issues with your piano if it isn’t holding a tune like it used to. One reason could be the tuning pin block and if the tuning pins are being held firmly. The tuning pin will slip if one or more tuning pins are loose in the tuning block pin, applying pressure to the string. The tuning block is typically worn out in these situations, although the piano tuner sometimes manages to fix it.

Your issue might not be with the tuning block and, instead, be external to the piano. Your piano’s tune may also be impacted if you reside in a region where humidity levels fluctuate frequently or if it is situated close to a window or entrance. Pressure from temperature and humidity on the piano strings causes the tune-holding issue. Call your nearby piano tuner if you’re unsure if this is the issue.


So, is it time for you to tune your piano? We hope we answered any questions you had about tuning your piano! If you have any more questions about piano tuning, we can help you. 

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