The Piano World During the Pandemic

In-Tune, News from the Piano World April 2020

In-Tune, the Piano World Newsletter

April 2020 Issue

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If You Like the Piano

You should be reading our newsletter (oh wait, you are, thank you), join our world famous Piano Forums, host and/or attend a piano party, share your love of piano with others, keep your piano(s) tuned and maintained, support others who want to learn, tell hotels and restaurants you’d like to see/hear live piano players, … I’m betting some of you can easily add to the list above, feel free to send me your suggestions.
The Coronavirus and the Piano World!

I’m sure by now everyone has heard of Covid 19, aka the Coronavirus.
It is affecting hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Please take all the precautions you can including frequently washing your hands, avoiding groups, wear gloves, etc. and check the CDC web site regularly. .

I decided to put out this issue of our Piano Newsletter in the hope we can find some positive things to do, especially if/when we’re trapped at home.
If you have other ideas/suggestions not mentioned in this issue, please feel free to send them to me and/or post them on our Piano Forums.
Be Safe Everyone!

Oh, and PLEASE make sure your email program is set to show pictures, there are some good ones in this issue. Thank you.

Here are some suggestions for our members / subscribers… (the thread itself can be found at

(from J&J)

1) maybe ask the Pianist’s to do short YouTubes on their story and share a short performance.
2) maybe ask some of the experts like Rich Galassini, terminaldegree, or Norbert to film a short lesson on piano selection
3) Short positive stories on adapting to the quarantine.

Another member suggested sharing the cartoons created by member MarieJ in Australia.
You will find some of her work throughout this newsletter. And thank you to MarieJ for permission to share them with all of you.

(From G Crocker) …
(courtesty of our friends at Cunningham Pianos) remote, world wide music performance Remote Performances

(From member GC13)…
I like the facebook / FaceTime idea. Maybe we could utilize the newer Zoom platform / app which allows multiple people to be on line together. I think it would be cool to actually talk to and see many of the people I’ve “met” here on Pianoworld. I’ve formed impressions of people from their posts here. I think it would be cool to actually meet them face to face. Those who choose to could show their pianos and maybe play a little bit too.

(From New Member Chrismaninoff )
I really like the idea of a “let’s play this” as mentioned above–perhaps it could include things of various difficulties? For example we could have a beginner’s piece, intermediate, an etude, a czerny study and a jazz standard, and people could choose which they want to learn. And then we all post them around the same time and enjoy the variety that comes out?

I’ve also seen this thing going around on facebook where musicians are all “swapping subscriptions,” with the idea that we will all get closer to the 1000-subs mark where youtube starts paying. I am new to this forum so I don’t know whether that kind of thing would be deemed appropriate or welcome here, but perhaps some people would like that since many of our income streams have dried up these days.

On that note, (and perhaps I just haven’t seen this yet, being a very new member here) what about having a list of those of us who are teaching online?

Again, I am a very new member so I apologize if any of what I’ve said is uninformed. Very pleased to be part of this forum! smile

From member dogperson…
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There are several types of recitals in the ABF: every quarter, play anything, and also themed recitals. You do not need to be a beginner to play in them! In fact there are teachers that regularly sign up to participate

To the above I would add Virtual Piano Parties.
We’ve been hosting in person piano parties around the world for years. Most are informal gatherings where members (and their friends/family) gather at someone’s house where there is a piano. Everyone who plays takes turns playing, those who don’t play get to listen. Usually the attendees are asked to bring something to eat and/or drink (pot luck), but not always.

Of course right now everyone is asked to stay at a distance, but that wouldn’t stop us from holding virtual piano parties. I can tell you once this madness is behind us I fully intend to host a series of piano parties at my new (to me, actually built in 1850) house in Cornish Maine.
And I’d like to help organize Piano Parties (in person parties) around the world.

So if you find yourself out my way (southwest Maine) please come visit (you can pick up your official Piano Forums Member Pin while you’re here, just remind me).

graphic courtesy of forums member MarieJ
courtesy of Piano Forums member MarieJ
Speaking of Piano Tuners…
As a professional piano tuner I rely on tuning pianos for part of my living.
Since the pandemic ramped up my tuning business has come to a grinding halt.
In fact most piano tuner-techs I communicate with have stopped tuning, either because their customers don’t want to take a chance, or because the tuner doesn’t (it should be both).
Please keep us in mind when things get back to "normal" . Because we are self-employed even unemployment compensation is tenuous at best and will likely not be nearly enough to make up for lack of work.
A Few Things About Your Host
My name is Frank Baxter, I live in Cornish Maine with my two dogs and my grand piano. Recently bought a 9 bedroom house, long story which I won’t bore you with (did I mention it’s haunted?). I will tell you I am working on opening a small music shop in the front of the house (it has 16 rooms total, plus a barn and is located in a historic/commercial district in a quaint town with lots of wonderful small locally owned shops) and do some Air BNB, so if you find yourself coming to southwest Maine :-).
One of the things I like about owning a house built in 1850 is that antiques seem appropriate and I love well made furniture from the past.
It’s clearly much more house than I need but the price was right and I hope to bring in some revenue once I get the music shop open and a couple of rooms ready to rent.

Here are a few pictures of part of my new music shop…

I built this from an old grand piano shell.
I cut the legs down to fit under the front lip, drilled through and inserted dowels, then built the shelves to fit.
Grand Piano Display Unit
I have also been collecting vintage sheet music (if you have some you’d consider donating or selling let me know).
I hope to eventually frame it and sell it in my store.
Here are some examples. These are actually original sheet music, complete (not just covers), most printed between 1915 and 1930

And in the spirit of sharing during these trying times, here are a few YouTube videos of me playing original pieces… Waterfall
Doodling at the Piano (I often sit at the piano just before going to bed and play whatever comes out of my head at the time). For this one I was in a relatively good mood. Recorded circa March 29, 2020
Doodling at the Piano 2 For this one I’d been seeing lots of negative posts about the Coronovirus on FaceBook which I’m sure helped set my slightly darker mood and hence darker music.

If you have any interest in learning more about Piano World and/or your host, please visit our About Us page.

For Your Listening Pleasure

My niece Michelle recently posted someone playing the 3rd movement of Beetovan’s Moonlight Sonata. While it was nicely done, I couldn’t resist countering with … This is my good friend Jeffrey Biegel playing the Prokofiev Concerto no. 3–Part 1
Actually worth taking the time to watch the whole thing from the start, but here are some magic fingers.

And then she mentioned being impressed by how organist play with their feet in addition to both hands.
So I had her watch and listen to Virgil Fox playing the Middelschulte pedal solo. Virgil Fox Pedal Solo

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Another graphic courtesy of forums member MarieJ
courtesy of Piano Forums member MarieJ
Summer NAMM Show Canceled!
For those of you in the music industry who usually attend the summer NAMM show, The Music Trades just sent an email saying it has been canceled.

Summer NAMM Show Canceled THE 2020 SUMMER NAMM SHOW, scheduled for July 9-11 at the Music City Center in Nashville, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We sincerely recognize the importance of this annual mid-year gathering for our industry,” NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond and NAMM Chairman Chris Martin said in a statement. “However, the current circumstances make it impossible to hold the show or to undertake the many months of careful planning and preparation that are required to create a secure and organized event.” In their statement, NAMM leadership said that despite canceling one of their marquee in-person events, they would continue to connect with members on a variety of topics—including the financial relief promised through the CARES Act passed by Congress at the end of March. NAMM is also providing resources on retail strategies and online music learning tools tailored to the current conditions. “The NAMM website is your trusted and reliable place to get the latest news; please utilize this resource as our virtual gathering spot for the time being,” the NAMM team said in their statement. “As difficult as these days are, we gain strength and inspiration from the generations of NAMM members who came before us, overcoming every obstacle in their way. And in that spirit, we can just imagine the heartfelt celebrations that will occur when we are all together again in Anaheim next January. In the meantime, please stay safe and connected to each other; with perseverance, vision and passion, we will succeed.”

Piano Competitions, Concerts & More

I’m afraid with the Coronavirus still raging around the world, in person concerts and events have pretty much been either canceled or postponed.
Others are trying to regroup by using Facetime, Zoom, or even Skype.
If you know of any concerts or competitions being held virtually, please post about them on our Piano Forums so we can share them.

Remember, if you know of any piano concerts, competitions, or events … let us know!
You can post in this section of the piano forums (and/or email us). Don’t forget to keep an eye on the forum below for news of upcoming concerts, competitions, and special (piano) events. Piano Concerts – Competitions – Events

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Piano Tuning – It’s A Dog’s Life

4 dogs I often take pictures of the animals at the homes when I tune (I always ask permission first).
Some day I’ll post an entire story with tons of pictures. This picture was from a tuning I did just a couple of days ago. My first time at this house. The house was way down a dirt road, there were four dogs, two cats, and a ferret.
The littlest dog (Riley) is a Havanese, like my Kirby.
The big golden one on the left kept trying to climb into my lap and give me kisses while I was tuning. Luckily I love animals, especially dogs.

About Our Forums

The Piano Forums on Piano World are not just one forum, there are in fact several, each with a specific targeted audience in mind.

Please NOTE:
The Piano Forums were updated to the latest version today 09 April 2020.
A lot of the changes are behind the scenes (under the hood if you will), but there are some that will be available to our users…
  • Likes system with Likes summary pages for threads and users
  • Major updates to the UBBT77 and UBBT77-Dark forum styles
  • Post sharing menu for Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Email
  • Quick Search within the navigation-bar
  • Threaded Mode topic tree updates
  • Fixed new private message indicator
  • RSS feed time and formatting issues fixed
  • Improved Cache Manager
  • Improved Database Backup
  • Updated several libraries and assets
  • More bug squashing and layout updates

The following is a brief description of some of our most popular forums.
  • Piano Forum = The forum just titled Piano Forum is geared toward discussions of the instruments themselves. It is where you would go to find information about specific brands, or pianos in general. Many piano manufacturers monitor this forum even if they choose not to participate. It helps them to learn what the public is saying about their products, and their competitors products.
  • Piano Tuner-Technicians Forum = As the name implies, this forum is primarily for professional piano tuner-technicians, however anyone can read what is being discussed. You can also post specific technical questions here, but please be polite and realize the pros that take the time to respond are giving freely of their valuable time.
  • Digital Piano – Synths & Keyboards = This rapidly growing forum is geared toward the digital side of the piano/keyboard business. It includes digital pianos, electric pianos, electronic pianos, hybrids, and synthesizers & controllers. Discussions here can get pretty technical, but they can also be as simple as "which keyboard has the touch response you like the most?"

    You will also find discussions about things like midi interfaces, sound modules, speakers, microphones, sequencers, etc.
  • Adult Beginners Forum = This is a bit of a misnomer as not all the participants are beginners (nor are they all necessarily adults). The idea behind it’s creation was to give adults a place to feel comfortable talking about learning to play piano later in life. Many of the participants played some when they were younger, got away from playing, and are now coming back to the joy of making music. Of course there are also lots of "adults" who are in fact just beginning their journey.

    I’ve found over the years this is one of the more civil and helpful forums where the members truly try to help each other. They even organize online recitals and friendly competitions.
  • Pianist Corner = Primarily aimed at the more advanced pianist, many of the participants here are at an intermediate to advanced level. No need to be intimidated though, if you aspire to become a better pianist you can learn a lot from these folks.
  • Pianist Corner – Non Classical = This is a forum for the rest of us. Take me for instance, I play rock, standards, blues, a little jazz and a little ragtime. If you’re interested, you can see/hear me "in action" here On YouTube It was a few years and over 60lbs ago (thank you to our friend Sam Bennett of Piano Works in Deluth GA for recording and posting this from a previous NAMM show).
    If you love to play piano, but classical isn’t your thing, this is the forum for you.
  • Piano Teachers Forum = Yes, it’s what you think it would be. Primarily for piano teachers to discuss their trade, lesson plans, scheduling, etc. If you are not a piano teacher but have a question you’d like to ask someone who is, please be polite and be patient.
    If you are new to teaching piano, you may find a lot of good information here, and helpful people.
  • Other Forums = There are a number of other forums on Piano World, please take some time to explore them, you may just find something you really enjoy, and learn something along the way.
    Some of our other forums include = Events-Recitals-Competitions, Composer’s Lounge, Parties-Tours-Cruises, Photo Gallery, Who’s Who, Member Recordings, Just for the Fun of it, and still more.
Speaking of the forums, if you receive a PM (Private Message) from someone and you want to reply to them You must click the link provided in the PM email! DO NOT just hit the reply button in your email program because doing so just sends your reply to me (because piano world is the "sender" of the pm email.

Visit the Piano Forums Today!
Active Topics – Have You Checked?

Did you know you can easily view a list of the current active topics in the forums?
You can view active topics from the last 24 hours, the last 48 hours, or the last 7 days.

Here is an example of the current active topics from the last seven days Piano Forums Active Topics

You can find the Active Topics link at the top of the page, or just use the link I provided above. When you get there, you can always change the time frame to one of the other choices.

Piano Parties!
We love piano parties! If you are planning to hold one, please let us know. Piano parties are a great way to share your love of playing (and listening) and an opportunity to get non-players or those who haven’t played in years interested. If you find yourself in the area of southwest Maine let me know, we love to host piano parties whether it’s for two people or forty two.

NOTE: Currently we are dealing with a major pandemic that has curtailed in person piano parties.
Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can resume. In the meantime we can host virtual piano parties. Please stay safe and take care.

Our friends in Europe have hosted piano parties every year since 2013…
2013 it was Brussels, Belgium
2014 it was Lisbon, Portugal
2015 it was Lucerne, Switzerland
2016 was in Milan, Italy (Kathy my former partner and I went to this one, amazing)
2017 had not one but two European parties, one was in Bulgaria, the other in Spain.
Here are some Reports & Pictures from the one in Spain.
2018 was In Germany
I know there were a few parties posted for 2019.

There is talk of a piano party in Bulgaria in 2020 Bulgaria Piano Party Thread

And yes, I plan to host some at my new (to me) house in Cornish Maine (as soon as things return to normal), I’m pretty sure one of our members in Old Orchard Beach (Maine) will be hosting at least one.
We’ve also hosted a tour of European Piano Makers (2011), a Piano Cruise , a Piano Crawl (NY), and several tours of the Mason & Hamlin factory in Haverhill MA and the Steinway factory in NY.

Not sure what a piano party is?
Check out the links above, and this forum Forum Members Parties, Tours, Cruises, & Meetings
Also, see this Collection of Piano Parties and Tours compiled by one of our moderators (thank you Casinitaly).
Another one from member MarieJ

Piano Owners Forum!

PLEASE – Visit this forum and congratulate these folks on their New Piano!

We now have a special sub-forum under the Piano Forum specifically as a place for posts about members getting a new (to them) piano.

I love reading the threads posted by members who have finally purchased their piano. Seeing the pictures and hearing the stories reminds me of one of the most important reasons we are here, to help each other.

And if you’ve found Piano World and/or the Forums to be helpful, we’d love to know that too.
Unfortunately these posts get buried quickly as new threads get created.

If you recently got a piano, or you know of a thread where someone is talking about getting their new piano, please let me know. I’d love to move the threads to this one central place for all to share in the joy of owning and playing a piano.

The New Piano Owners forum lives here , right under the primary Piano Forum.
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I’ll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours
(Show Us Your Piano Room Pictures)
This thread has been running for over ten years now!
Every once in a while someone discovers it and adds pictures of their own Piano/Music room.
If you haven’t posted yours yet, please feel free to add them. We don’t care if you only have a keyboard sitting on a table or two concert grands in an elaborate music room, we just love seeing people’s set up and knowing they are enjoying making music.

If you would like to add your pictures to this thread PLEASE be sure to upload your pictures to our servers (see Posting Pictures on the Piano Forums below). Otherwise they may just disappear some day, as you will see in some of the posts in this thread.
the Show Us Your Piano Room Pictures Thread

This is a picture of my new Music Room in the house I recently purchased in Cornish Maine.
Frank Baxter aka Mr. Piano World music room

Have you visited the member recordings forums?
This is a great place to hear some of your fellow forums members. One is a sub forum in the Pianist Corner which features primarily classical music. Member Recordings – Pianist Corner

The other is under the Fun Stuff category and contains hundreds of recordings of all types of wonderful music. Member Recordings – General

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If you’ve actually read this far, Thank You!
In closing I’d like to thank each and everyone of you for being a friend of the Piano World and for visiting my web site(s). I hope all of you come through this craziness ok and that things get back to normal soon. (the girl I’m dating is a respiatory therapist at a major hospital, I worry about her and her coworkers every day).

Keep playing the piano, and sharing your music. We could all use a little music in our lives about now.

It’s Fun to Play The Piano … Please Pass It On!

Warm Regards,

Frank Baxter
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