Sunday, October 18, 2009

Piano Articles, Resources and Video In 3 Blogs

Hi. My name is Eben Goresko. My first blog covers anything pertaining to pianos; building, maintenance, music, practicing the piano. It called Piano Talk and is the sister site to my website Piano Talk Online. The URL is http://Blogs.AnythingPianoCO.com .

My second blog called Piano Tuning TV, URL; http://www.PianoTuningTV.com , covers a whole range of topics pertaining to piano tuning, repairs, appraisals, restoration, regulation, historical keyboard tunings and more…...

And my final blog Piano Clips, URL; http://www.PianoClips.com is my blog and sister site to my Piano Video Site -Piano TV. Piano Clips contains a wide range of informative educational video content. You can see and hear performances of concert artists, musicians, students, educational presentations and seminars and just anything going on in the world of music, and more…...

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Questions

Will answer you question

I am putting this out there for anybody who has any questions about Pianos, Music, Buying, Selling, Tuning and Servicing, Music Education, Playing and Listening to Piano Music. Let me know.

Please tell me what your question is and I will do my best to answer it. Bear in mind that it might take a little time for me to get back to you but if you are willing to be a little bit patient, I will get respond. If for some reason you don't hear from me please just remind me that you tried to contact me.

If you don't yet have a Google account, you will have to create one in order to register your question in a comment to this blog post.

Thanks, I look forward to talking to you.

Question

  1. Which piano has 4 strings per note? Steinway, Bechstein, Blüthner or Baldwin? The answer is Blüthner Pianos come with four strings per note rather than the standard three strings per note that you find on most pianos. The fourth string sits up higher than the other three which allows it to ring symphonically with the other three.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Re-Educate the Politicians

This is an article that I wrote on my Piano Article Site. I have had a number of positive comments about it recently so I thought it might be worthwhile re-posting it on my Piano Talk Blog.

Re-Educate the Polititians


Music has everything to do with math, science and education. To substantiate this premise, we can quote statistics and studies that show how a large portion of scientists, mathematicians and doctors are amateur musicians with a solid background and training in music. But to discover how music is of such fundamental importance to the education of our children, we need to dig even deeper and ultimately answer the real question; how and why has our modern culture disconnected music study from education? As this is a very complex issue, we can only answer this question in part, since a thoroughly comprehensive answer is beyond the scope of this article.



But first we need to go back 3000 years or so. In the ancient Greek civilization, music was considered along with science, astronomy and mathematics as a primary and necessary study in the pursuit of truth and knowledge. Philosophers and thinkers of that era mathematically calculated the musical scale and tonal system and applied additional calculations in designing the musical instruments so musicians could express the cultural esthetics of that time.



Indeed, the musical and tonal systems and instruments that have been used by all civilizations throughout history were conceived in a similar fashion. Through imagination, calculations, esthetics, practical application of esthetics or what is known as music and art.



The modern piano and twentieth century piano tuning resulted in a similar fashion. Essentially, you had over a period of roughly 150 years, extended debates, discussions, experiments, disagreements by theorists, mathematicians, many of whom were musicians or who worked closely with musicians about what a piano should look like, sound like and what kind of tuning would best support the music. All the while music was being played and instrument design and tuning was continually modified in order to accommodate the ever changing musical esthetics.



The purpose of this brief historical exposition is the following. Here we are in the 21st century and we have as a civilization and certainly as a culture lost sight of these important connections. If there were a process in all past civilizations whereby man inquired into the nature of the universe and connected music with astronomy and philosophy, where does that leave us in the present. Have we really evolved or are we devolving.



Mathematics, science, music, art all have one thing in common which is higher thinking, creative thinking, critical thinking; in other words, the ability to think. So I have to conclude that the problem with our politicians and education bureaucrats who declare music as an unessential and as a casualty of budget woes, is a symptom of their inability to think and make the right decisions and choices in a beaurocracy embodied with a hubris of misplaced priorities. Their line of “reason” that declares music as an unessential is also a result that delivers music education as a casualty of our modern American compulsion of relentless commoditization of esthetics, art and just about everything and holding that up as the as the holy grail. True art and beauty and expression can never be a commodity any more than a rainbow can. When we fail to pass on to the next generation a suggestion, a map or pointer to the higher strata of human sensibilities, and consciousness, we end up with .............. reality shows.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Yamaha Piano

This story is a year old - Yamaha purchased Bosendorfer piano and will maintain Vienna production and unique piano designs, but will reassess global sales & marketing.

Bosendorfer used to be owned by Kimball - some time ago.