Saturday, March 5, 2011

Voicing Piano Hammers

Here is a page from my web site regarding this issue;
Voicing pianos

To continue;

Simply put, think of the hammer set this way; this is a felted object thrown at a set of strings in a controlled manner. Upon contact the hammer compresses slightly, then rebounds away from the string set and is “caught” by the mechanism.

One can make the choice of having the hammer rebound immediately off that string set OR one can choose to lengthen the time the hammer remains in contact with that string.

Here are some photos of a concert voicing seminar held here in Vancouver BC in July 2008 with the internationally renowned André Oorbeek.

The grand being worked on is a Yamaha equipped with brand new set of Renner AA Wurzen felt hammers.

After viewing these photos and reading the text for each photo there may be further questions; please do not hesitate to ask. Hammer voicing is something that is often misunderstood and overlooked.

Andre Oorebeek Seminar

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