Hope to see everyone. These are really good classes
Monday, February 15th, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern
The Plasticity of Fifths in Tuning Temperament – Rick Butler, RPT & Maggie Jusiel, RPT
This class is a follow up from the previous presentation on Aural Gauge Tools. In this segment, we'll discuss two families of intervals, the 'Fifth Dimension Tool' and the 'Sixth Dimension Tool,' both of which highlight the plasticity of fifths.
We'll then demonstrate blending these two families of intervals in a tuning sequence, allowing you to determine the proper size octave for a particular piano. We'll use two pianos, a Steinway B and a Sohmer console, to demonstrate the material's practical application.
Rick Butler, RPT, has been working and teaching in the field of piano technology for over 4 decades. He has worked in all areas of rebuilding and has been a concert technician for Steinway, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center, the Washington Performing Arts Society, and the White House. He has served many roles in the PTG, both locally and nationally, in offices, committees, administering exams, and as an instructor. He created the Butler School of Piano Technology to ensure the teaching and learning of aural skills stays robust, to ensure all students can have access to learning this skill, and to help PTG members reach their goals of becoming RPT's and CTE's.
Maggie Jusiel, RPT has worked in WV as a musician and teacher since 1992 and as a piano technician since 2002. Since then, she has gained education through in field experience and other sources including Yamaha, The Butler School of Piano Technology, and from both her local chapter and national events in the PTG. After recently becoming an RPT, she joined the Butler School of Piano Technology as an instructor and continues her education while training to become a certified tuning examiner.
Thursday, February 18th, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern
Double string unisons - Mark Cerisano, RPT
Cracking the Unison. Shimming the Unison. These are terms that refer to a technique of finely changing unison pitches that has been around for decades. But did you know that you could tune the whole piano that way, and that it could be more Accurate, Precise, and Efficient than just tuning single strings? Join us on February 18th at 7:30pm EST and find out.
Mark Cerisano is a Registered Piano Technician that has devoted his life to improving aural piano tuning techniques. He has taken his mechanical engineering background and used it to test a lot of assumptions we have as aural piano tuners; assumptions that sometimes lead us down a rabbit hole. He has used his education background to develop explanations of concepts that make understanding how to tune a piano aurally simple to understand. He has written five books and had four articles published in the Journal and is currently organizing the first ever International Online Aural Piano Tuning Conference for February 26 - 28, 2021.
Thursday, February 25th, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern
The Goldilocks Zone - BEN GAC, Technical Trainer, Steinway & Sons
The "Goldilocks Zone" tuning method utilizes a simple, specific test and check pattern that enables the aural tuner to easily place notes quickly and precisely throughout the piano when tuning. By following the process of identifying neighboring intervals which are faster and slower, optimize the temperament and stretch so it sits in the Goldilocks Zone, leaving the piano singing sonorously. There's nothing complicated about it; the method utilizes the aural checks that you already know and use. Discussion about the advantages of tuning the unisons as you go will also be covered.
Ben Gac has been the Technical Trainer at Steinway and Sons in New York since 2014. He is a driver behind quality improvement in the factory, achieved through training, tooling, process improvements, and standards unification. Ben also heads Steinway's Apprenticeship Program, training Steinway's next generation of piano builders. Before coming to New York, Ben served the Chicago area as a concert technician and also taught the advanced curriculum at The Chicago School for Piano Technology. He continues to be an active member of the PTG.