Suzuki Materials and Instruments
Where do I buy a piano?
Where is a good website to find out about buying a new or used piano?
This one is the best! piano buyer.com
Maintenance of my piano
- Keep the piano clean and free of dust.
- Wash your hands before playing.
- Keep food and drink away from the instrument.
Tuning my piano
- Every piano, regardless of its use or location, should be tuned a minimum of twice a year. Pianos that receive more use should receive more frequent, regular tuning.
- Voicing may be required to control the way the string vibrates to create the piano’s tone quality.
- Regulation will make sure that the piano action works correctly and uniformly.
Room temperature of my piano
- The temperature in the piano room should be kept consistent. Excessive variations in temperature should be avoided.
- Relative humidity should be kept as constant as possible. Air that is too dry or too moist is hard on pianos as well as humans.
- In a well-insulated home, it is permissible to place the piano along an outside wail. Allow a four-to six-inch air space between the piano back and the wall. This will keep a constant temperature on both sides of the soundboard and also prevent a muffled tone. Otherwise place the piano on an inside wall.
- Locate the piano away from heating and cooling ducts. This also applies to hot water radiators and radiant-heat installations.
- Keep the piano out of direct drafts from any source.
- Try to locate the piano away from the direct rays of the sun. Direct sunlight will cause the piano finish to deteriorate before its time. It will also have a negative effect on tunings and various mechanical parts.
For more information about pianos and piano maintenance visit the Piano Technicians Guild. They have great information about how a piano works, piano diagrams and piano facts.
Piano Education Website– Another website with a lot of good information!
Do I need an adjustable bench? footstools?
No. You will however need a way to seat your child high enough on the bench and find a way to support their feet at proper height.
Some suggestions for home made benches and footstools:
- Raising bench height: stack small carpet samples to proper height (adjustable as child grows), stack very large books, stack bench length and width wooden boards and cover with a towel
- Foot stools: make your own from wood and 2x4’s, stack large books, use 12 or 24 pack soda/pop cans
Some suggestions for purchasing benches and footstools:
Where can I get the Suzuki materials?
Book and CD
- iTunes store: search Seizo Azuma
- Digital download at Amazon
How can I learn more about Suzuki Philosophy?
- Ability Development from Age Zero, by Shinichi Suzuki
- Nurtured by Love, second edition,by Shinichi Suzuki, translated by Waltraud Save & Exit Suzuki
- Nurtured by Love, revised edition, translated by Kyoto Selden
- To Learn with Love: A Companion for Suzuki Parents, by Constance and William Starr