How to Tune a Piano: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Tune a Piano

Updated: March 29, 2019

This article was co-authored by Michael Noble, PhD. Michael Noble is a professional concert pianist who received his PhD in Piano Performance from the Yale School of Music in 2018. He has been playing piano since 1995, and has performed at Carnegie Hall and at other venues across the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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A piano is a delicate instrument that should be tuned at least once a year, preferably twice. At around $100 per tuning, this cost can add up pretty quickly. [1] If you’re tempted to tune your piano yourself, keep in mind this is a task that requires immense time and effort (you’re talking about tuning 200+ strings as opposed to the 6 of a guitar), a strong ear, and a lot of patience. [2]

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