Playing the piano can be extremely rewarding. However, if you want to make sure you get the most out of the experience, you need to make sure that your piano is in tune. Below is a guide to four things you can do to check if your piano is in tune or not. Read on to find out everything you need to know.
Play some chords
One of the easiest ways to establish if your instrument is in tune or not is to play some chords. Because chords are usually made up of at least three notes, you should be able to hear if each of these notes is produced in harmony with the others. If your piano isn't tuned, you will find that chords sound unpleasant to your ear.
Assess how different notes sound
Even if you do not have pitch-perfect hearing, you can still learn to recognise the warning signs that notes played on your piano are out of tune. When you press a key on the instrument, the note should ring out in a smooth and steady way which gradually fades. If, when you hit a note, it sounds as if it is trembling, this is a sign that you need to call in a professional to tune the instrument.
Play notes which are an octave apart
When your instrument is perfectly in tune, playing notes which are an octave apart simultaneously should produce a pleasing harmonic sound. When a piano has started to go out of tune, you may find that playing a middle C and a low C together results in a jarring sound. This is because the two notes are no longer an octave apart because the instrument is out of tune.
Use a tuning fork
If you have access to a tuning fork, you can use this to check if your piano is still in tune by comparing the sound it makes with the matching note on the instrument. However, if you do not have a physical tuning fork, you can instead use an online tuning fork or a tuning app on your mobile phone to assess if the piano needs tuning.
If your instrument doesn't sound as good as it used to or if you are concerned that it may be out of tune, you should make contact with a company which offers piano tuning services. A contractor will be happy to examine your instrument before offering further advice.