Inherited a piano!

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Inherited a piano!

Postby papatex » Sun Oct 30, 2005 4:05 pm

Howdy guys! Haven't posted in a while,-thought I'd check in. I do
house painting for a living, and have been really busy. I was
just doing a job for my neice, and she gave me a piano! It's a spinet,
an old Knabe (I think that's the spelling). The "ivory" covering
is gone from about an octave below middle C to an octave above.
The edges are sharp so there's not gonna be much raking going on
unless I can come up with a cheap fix. Anyone got an idea? I don't
want to try to move it myself, so I gotta rathole a couple hundred
bucks to pay a mover. The action seems in pretty good shape, nothing
broken, but the entire pedal assembly has been ripped off from
rolling it across the carpet. I think I can fix that with epoxy.
It's in reasonable tune, and she likes the Blues! I've been
concentrating lately on finding all the intervals for all 12
major 9th chords-this seems to be my bread and butter chord for
blues. Getting more fluent with all the intervals seems to be
a breakthrough for me as I am getting more able to grab a chord
anywhere I happen to be. Makes for some nice voicings as well.
Then, I'll have to tackle all those other pesky minors, diminished,
etc... Oh my!! What have I bitten off here! Mike
Oh yeah, thought I'd mention that David Sprunger has new Blues
lessons on his site (playpianotoday.com)
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RE: Inherited a piano!

Postby ricochet » Sun Oct 30, 2005 5:38 pm

Congratulations!

Cheap fix for the stripped keys? Fill 'em in and smooth 'em with something like J-B Weld. Won't be pretty, though.

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RE: Inherited a piano!

Postby papatex » Sun Oct 30, 2005 11:04 pm

Thanks Ric-That's the sort of thing I was thinking of, also maybe add a couple coats of a high-gloss paint like industrial enamel? Would
take a little while to mask off the black keys. Needs to be a slick
surface obviously...
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RE: Inherited a piano!

Postby ricochet » Mon Oct 31, 2005 12:16 am

Hammond players smear dollops of Pledge on their keys to slicken 'em up.

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RE: Inherited a piano!

Postby jeffl » Mon Oct 31, 2005 1:10 am

Life is great,Papatex! Piano is a great instrument,and it's like almost no other, in that each note is triggered by a separate key,and you have this black/white thing goin' on. It's wunnerful!
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RE: Inherited a piano!

Postby snakehips » Mon Oct 31, 2005 8:09 am

Hi there !

I note you saying you are finding chords using the piano (do you mean finding chords for your guitar playing, or other instrument ?)

The piano is a good instrument to "visualise" where the notes are / should be from one key to another.

I began playing guitar and piano at the same age. I learnt blues from two different perspectives and this helped overall.
If I couldn't find a note on the guitar (relative to a key or chord) I'd imagine where it would be on the piano, to work things out.
I'd do the same for the piano, working out where a note would be on the guitar.

My main key on piano was C, my main key on guitar was E.
Thus if trying to work out something in C on piano, I'd have to mentally transpose into E, find the note, and transpose that note back into C !! And the opposite way for finding a note from the guitar to piano !!!

Daft, I know, but it worked well for me !!
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RE: Inherited a piano!

Postby papatex » Tue Nov 01, 2005 3:07 am

Hi, Snakehips- After re-reading my post, I see that I used the wrong
word- I said I was working on finding all the ~intervals~ for a
particular chord type (major 9th)...What I meant to say was finding
and becoming fluent with all the ~inversions~. And no, all my efforts
are with the purpose of playing the piano. I never have been able to
do much with the guitar. (Although it's one of my favorite instruments) I play some harp, but I don't get into much theory
with that, other than to determine which key of harp is required
for the key the tune is in. Mike
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RE: Inherited a piano!

Postby papatex » Wed Nov 02, 2005 2:20 pm

Bubba- Life is indeed good!! Where would we be without our obsession?
What would life without the Blues scale be like? ;-) By the way, what
has the good Doctor been up to? Mike
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RE: Inherited a piano!

Postby meilankev » Fri Nov 04, 2005 1:21 pm

Funny thing about pianos. Like other things in life, perhaps our nostalgia blurs reality. Since I left home back in 1979, I've owned three acoustic pianos (plus an electric piano). The quality of these acoustic pianos has improved with each upgrade, and I've had my current piano since 1989.

But the piano that I grew up with (in my mother's living room) was always in really bad shape. We never once had it tuned, and 6 of the black keys were broken off (and were flush with the white keys). Plus, many of the keys stuck when you played them, and you had to find the time to pull them back up without losing time.

But that old piano had a sound that I've never found again - not with my pianos, nor any other piano I've ever played. And sometimes I find myself longing for some ancient upright piano whose hammers sound as if they are covered in metal.

Congrats on your new piano!!!

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RE: Inherited a piano!

Postby ricochet » Fri Nov 04, 2005 6:31 pm

The really bright honky-tonk piano sound we all love comes from having the strings for each note considerably out of tune with each other.

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RE: Inherited a piano!

Postby jeffl » Fri Nov 04, 2005 9:01 pm

>Bubba- Life is indeed good!! Where would we be without our
>obsession?
>What would life without the Blues scale be like? ;-) By the
>way, what
>has the good Doctor been up to? Mike
Mike: if yer referrin' to Doc Williamson, I'd only be guessin',and then I'd say he's tryin' to cram his gig into a store-launching career,cuz he's sure been subterranean since he started his store. Maybe I'll try callin' him by phone this weekend & get my laughin' fix.
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