The piano is one of the most melodious and sought after musical instruments for music lovers across the globe. People belonging to various age groups choose to take up piano lessons to pursue their love for music and to satisfy their creative spirit. Although the main objective of a piano is to create music that soothes one’s mind, there are other physical and mental benefits that a beginner can get from piano lessons. These benefits include improvement of your general health, honing your intellect, and providing peace and serenity to your mind.
If you are a novice pianist who is taking piano lessons because of your passion and the corresponding benefits, maintaining this instrument is also very important as pianos are very delicate in nature. To take care of your piano, you need to consider the following points:
- ·Select a suitable placement position: The quality and functionality of a piano varies vastly according to various environmental factors such as humidity, temperature, etc. A spot where the humidity level is about 50% and the temperature is about 70 °F, is the most suitable one for placing your piano. There are a few steps that you can consider to maintain a proper environment for your piano. They are:
- ·Try to avoid places near a heater, fireplace, or AC vents. Also, avoid rooms with large windows as the humidity and temperature level in these rooms tend to be unstable. Rapid change in these two factors can cause expansion and shrinking of the piano parts and can lead to the cracking of soundboard and unresponsive action.
- ·To maintain suitable humidity levels, you might use a dehumidifier during summer as the humidity level is usually higher during this season.
- ·Keep your instrument away from your pets as the hair of your pets can seriously damage the piano keys.
- ·Cover the keyboard when not in use: Keys are ostensibly the most important part of a piano and they have to be treated with utmost care. If you don’t keep the keys covered, they will be exposed to dust and other contaminants like the hair shed from your pets. This could reduce the functionality of your piano.
- ·Keep liquids away: Spilled liquids can damage the wooden finish of your piano and can also cause severe internal damage. Therefore, it is best to keep all kinds of liquids (especially water) away from your instrument.
- ·Find a technician: Appoint a registered piano technician to take care of the inner components of your piano regularly to keep its functionality intact and to avoid major problems. You can find a suitable technician in your local business directory.
- ·Tune the piano: A piano has more than 200 strings inside, and they need to be tuned on a regular basis to keep the quality and durability of the instrument intact. The frequency of the tuning will depend upon the frequency of your playing the instrument.
Besides these five points, you can also ask your piano technician to take care of the voicing and regulation of your piano, but above all, the most important thing in taking care of your instrument is to play it on a regular basis.