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The Practical Application of Good Music Outline and Audio Sermon

Please click on the link below to hear an audio sermon on the Practical Application of Good Music.  A sermon outline is below.

Practical Application of Good Music by Pastor David Reagan Antioch Baptist Church, Knoxville, T.N.

Summary:  Music is a powerful tool, a vehicle for intense communication.  It works strongly and effectively in our lives.  Rock music, built on properties of blues and swing is made of poly-rhythmic properties that influence our emotions toward a bad temper.  It was designed from specific musical attributes to manipulate and create feelings antagonistic of purity.  “The blues is the song of those who turn their backs upon religion.”

The elements of music are melody, harmony, rhythm, lyrics, and vocalization.  Each element is very important.  The trouble with deciding which music a church uses is that there are many degrees between good and bad music.  It is hard to know where to divide the line.  In many churches, there is no system of music responsibility, and resulting bad music and actions follow like a flood, destroying churches.  It takes courage to be in charge of making those choices.

It is all right for music to have surprises, but overall, it needs to have form, direction, and predictability to support the congregation.  Surprise creates tension, and too much tension is not helpful.  Disharmony also creates tension.  Complexity is good until it begins to confuse listeners.  Minor keys are not bad, but present a sense of sadness.  Overall, it is haunting, sad, and meditative.  We have times of sadness, but those should not characterize the victorious Christian life.

Rhythm has taken over much of today’s music.  A straight 4/4 rhythm rouses a person to march.  The natural beat is on the first and third counts.  A 3/4 or 6/8 beat song is more meditative.  The natural beat is on the first beat for 3/4 time or the first and fourth beats for 6/8 time.  Rock music changes the emphasis of the beat.  There is a path in rock music that does not begin at the result.  Rock music uses off-beat or syncopated rhythms repeatedly, it plays with the natural rhythm, changing it.  We have to be careful in our choices in rhythms, it can make music pure or dirty.  Rock music sometimes goes a half beat beyond the natural beat, creating extra emphasis on the beat that is not supposed to be emphasized.  It gets you off of the right beat, creating an off-beat feel.  With “What Can Wash Away My Sin”, there is no dancing feel to it.  When syncopation is added, a sexual dance is the natural reaction.  Watch children’s actions when syncopated music is played, and they will begin to dance to it.  There are people who can listen to rock music without loosing all their morals, but the direction is important – it excites the sexual drive away from what is right, influencing our hearts, and eventually,  our decisions.  This reaction becomes stronger the more it is used.  The whole idea is to loosen morals.  The back-beat hits the end of the accented beat with a thump.  It creates tension and is rock music, emphasizing the second and fourth beat.  The world knows what it does, but it is the Christians who do not want to admit what it does to them.  The off-beat and back-beat are forms of soft rock.  Hard rock emphasizes every beat harshly.  It has sexual connotations.

The study of good music with a desire toward godliness brings standards that everyone may not understand.  If in doubt, ask yourself does this music emphasize the offbeat?  Music is not evil because it is new, but because it is designed with an evil purpose, with tools that go against God’s principles.

The boogie, honkeytonk, is designed by stretching the first beat, and dividing the second beat by two.  Many good, sound and solid preaching churches have a pianist playing boogie beat, which appeals to the flesh.  It is fun, and powerful, but not godly music.  These forms of music go back to jazz, rock, and blues and were designed for the dance halls.  Not all music use these tools to the same extant, but the tools are effective to the extant they are used.  One of our problems is that young people in the church are using the world’s styles of music in the church, then using the same techniques in the world to get a bigger audience.

Vocalization Pitfalls:

Over professionalism: Showing off technical skills instead of emphasizing the message of the Lord.

The country whine: Using a back of the throat in a gravely way.

The contemporary whine: Whine with a depressing attitude, usually used with a ballad style of music that has no resolution.

Music is a tool.  The devil is a great musician.  Music can make us feel inspired, ready to charge, sleepy, depressed, rebellious, and more.  A strong off beat has a memorizing effect, similar to drugs and alcohol.

In our church, we want to hold to good, conservative Christian music.  Other churches may not be as strict, but I wanted you to know why we don’t use the same music as everyone else.  There are reasons you should know for guarding what you listen to in your homes.  Lots of times what you listen to breaks down your resolve for godliness.  If God is dealing with you to surrender your music to Him, be obedient to Him today.

Official Outline

Misusing the Elements of Music

  1. MELODY
    1. Formless
      1. Found in some Romantic Period Classical Music and in the music of the Middle East and Far East.
      2. Has no distinct direction; no recognizable movement from anywhere to anywhere.
      3. God’s truth has direction; His music should have it as well.
    2. Too Tense
      1. Tension in music is caused by surprise.
        1. Melodies have certain forms that we can anticipate; we often anticipate where the next note will be—even when we do not know the song.
        2. Surprise is created by singing or playing a note other than the one anticipated.
      2. The use of surprise in music
        1. Music with no surprises can be boring; surprise can be effectively used to gain attention or create interest.
        2. Too much surprise creates an unfulfilled tension much as an unhappy ending does in a story or movie; God’s music should not leave the listener unfulfilled.
  2. HARMONY
    1. Disharmony
      1. Caused by playing notes together that do not naturally go together.
      2. Often found in Modern Classical Music.
      3. Makes people wince; it almost hurts the senses; it should be avoided in Christian music.
    2. Complex Harmonies
      1. Some harmonies are much more complex than others; they bring notes together that do have connections but the connections are more difficult.
      2. Those who work with music a lot are comfortable with much more complex harmonies than are people who just listen; the average person finds such harmonies difficult to follow.
      3. Hitting an occasional complex chord brings the same surprise as the singing of an unexpected note and can be used to bring freshness to the song.
      4. However, extreme use of complex harmony draws attention to itself and diminishes the message of the song by making the listening experience too intellectual (thus blocking the actual message of the song).
    3. Minor Keys
      1. Minor keys are built on a different scale than the major keys (The key of A Minor starts with the A on the piano and uses all the white keys).
      2. The minor keys have a very different sound and create a very different emotional effect than the major keys.
        1. They are more haunting.
        2. They create a sad, meditative feeling.
      3. Minor keys can be very effective in an occasional melody or song where the purpose is to make the listener meditate on his failures or on the sadness of some condition.
      4. However, sadness is not a major theme of Christianity and when it is a theme it is always a means to a better, happier, end (Psalm 137:1-4).
      5. Minor keys are becoming very popular as vehicles for modern Christian music (even among those conservative in other ways); we need to keep the use of minor keys in a minor position in our worship.
  3. RHYTHM
    1. Backbeat
      1. Refers to the practice of accenting the normally unaccented beats of a song; the backbeat is often provided by a bass instrument.
      2. The backbeat (and offbeat) is the foundational basis for all rock music; hard rock hits every beat.
      3. Backbeat is designed to create a physical, sexual tension in people.
    2. Offbeat
      1. Also called syncopation; refers to the practice of placing accents between normal beats off time from the regular accents.
      2. Used in soft rock and in most modern music.
      3. Creates a desire to jump in jerky movements; to dance.
      4. It de-emphasizes the message of the music by overemphasizing the physical response to the music.
    3. Boogie-beat
      1. Uses an 8/8 rhythm with the pattern of a dotted eighth followed by a sixteenth note.
      2. A jazz style of piano playing coming from bars and clubs; the honky-tonk sound.
      3. As in the other styles, it appeals to the flesh.
    4. General Comments
      1. All of these rhythms go back to jazz, blues and rock (which are all interrelated).
      2. They all have a strong effect on the flesh; they were designed to create sexual tension.
      3. They have a tendency to break down moral restraints; they mesmerize the mind and excite the flesh; where these rhythms predominate, virtue is often lost and moral looseness prevails.
      4. There are admittedly lesser strains of these beats that do not obviously bring these evils but they still have the same effects, only to a lesser degree.  Also, everyone who listens to this music does not fall into moral perversity just as all who drink alcohol do not become drunks, but the danger is always there.  The music tends to excite the flesh but people still have a will and react to the excitement in different ways.  Some people just have a good time and do not associate the feeling they are having with anything sexual.  Others are led to greater sins.
      5. Another danger of this music is that it is the music of the world and the world can always do better at its music than the church can.  Many are being trained to love the worldly sound in the church.  What are they going to do with this love?  Many will go to the world to get their “better” version and will take the ungodly lyrics with the music.
      6. God’s music ought to sound different than the music of the world.  Worldly music has no place in the church.
  4. LYRICS
    1. Lyrics that say nothing of Biblical significance should not be sung.
    2. Lyrics that teach false doctrine should not be sung.
    3. Lyrics that exalt man and his feelings and opinions should not be sung.
  5. VOCALIZATION
    1. This refers to the way a voice sounds as it sings; the singing voice.
    2. Hyper-professionalism: some learn from classical-style professionals; although excellence is always good, we should avoid trying to sound high class in the average church.
    3. Country Whine:  Many try to sound like their favorite country-western music star; the church is not a place for performance; the emphasis should be on the message of the song and not on the performance.
    4. Contemporary Whine:  similar to the country whine, it carries an air of indifference and despair.
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Christmas Carol Songbook for SATB Voice 22 Free Christmas Songs

Enjoy these twenty-two Christmas carols in full SATB sheet music for free from Cantorion: no email address or subscription required.

Christmas Songbook List
1) Angels we have heard on high
2) Away in a manger
3) Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light
4) Coventry Carol
5) Deck the halls
6) Ding dong merilly
7) God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
8) Good King Wenceslas
9) Hark the herald angels sing
10) In the bleak midwinter
11) It came opon a midnight clear
12) Joy to the world
13) Lo, how a rose e’er blooming
14) O Little Town of Bethlehem
15) O Come, All Ye Faithful
16) Riu, Riu, Chiu
17) Silent night
18) The Angel Gabriel
19) The First Nowell
20) The Holly and the Ivy
21) We Three Kings
22)What Child is This

Christmas Carol Songbook Voice, SATB – Voice, SATB – Sheet music – Cantorion – Free sheet music, free scores.

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Music Resources

Sheet Music RoseAlfred’s Music Publishing http://www.alfred.com/

Amazon.com:  Edna Mae Burnam’s Step By Step Piano Course

Bill Rice Ranch CDs, Sheet Music, Music Books:

http://www.billriceranch.org/store#!/~/category/id=2122006&offset=0&sort=normal

http://bluebookofpianos.com/  Blue Book of Pianos: Find your piano’s age from the serial number.

Classical Sheet Music: One yearly subscription for $29.95 covers unlimited printing, downloads, and Scorch.

http://www.music-scores.com/

Dampp Chaser: Home of the Piano Life Saver  http://dampp-chaser.com/

Ebay: Find used and new sheet music and instruments  http://www.ebay.com/

Hal Leonard:  Edna Mae Burnam’s Step By Step Piano Course http://www.halleonard.com

J.W. Pepper Sheet Music http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/welcome.jsp

Majesty Music Christian Music http://www.majestymusic.com/

Magnify the Lord-CD with Ray, Ann, & Christina Gibbs http://www.majestymusic.com/new-items/magnify-the-lord-cd.html

MAT Electronics http://matelectronics.com/prestashop/en/

Old Fashioned Christian Music on Internet Radio http://www.oldchristianradio.com/

Piano Adoption: Free Pianos in the United States http://www.pianoadoption.com/

PianoMart: Shop for a piano http://www.pianomart.com/

Soundforth Christian Music http://www.soundforthmusic.com/

Winning Warm-ups for the Voice http://domenicoproducts.com/Winning.shtml

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Piano Lessons with Julia

Playing PianoJulia Race offers piano lessons in Lock Haven, P.A.  A 2005 graduate of Faith Baptist School of Theology, Julia holds bachelor’s diplomas in Sacred Music and Elementary Education.  She has a passion for training competent, dedicated, pianists who enjoy serving others.  She has participated in recordings and has a small recording studio that features digital and acoustic pianos.  Some concepts addressed through lessons include:

Note reading

  • Arranging
  • Following a Director
  • Counting Time
  • Technique
  • Theory
  • History
  • Performance
  • Healthy Practice
  • Repertoire
  • Technology
  • Recording

Julia enjoys using the following materials in her lessons:

  • Edna Mae Burnam’s Step by Step lessons.
  • Alfred’s Piano Course
  • Theory worksheets
  • Music downloads
  • Acoustic and Electric pianos
  • Various hymn books
  • Various repertoire and lesson books available

Lesson prices are as follows:

  • $10.00 per half hour (recommended for juniors and younger children)
  • $15.00 per 45 minutes (recommended for young teens)
  • $20.00 per hour (recommended for older teens and adults.

Call Julia at (570) 295-0371 to schedule a free first lesson, with no commitment to continue further lessons.

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Baldwin Black Spinet Piano For Sale

Baldwin French Provincial Spinet Piano in Gloss Black

$1,300

Unmatched Quality Features Found Only in Baldwin Pianos

  • Exclusive 19-Ply Pinblock

  • Famous Baldwin Scale

  • Solid Spruce Soundboard

  • Exclusive Full-Blow Action

  • Baldwin-built Hammers

  • SynchroTone TM Bass Strings

Built in the Tradition of Baldwin Grand Pianos

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Characteristics:  The French Provincial or French Country design is evident in the scroll work above the piano desk, the fancy key cover handles and the curved legs on the piano and bench.  The touch on the sound is quite soft.  Both my young students and more experienced pianists enjoy the touch on this piano. The repetition rate is good.  The sound is nice and clear, loud enough for a group, and quiet enough for your living room.  I have been using this in for a small church and piano lessons since it was refinished.  It has met needs for solos, ensemble work, personal enjoyment, piano lessons, and congregational accompaniment.
Repairs:  This Baldwin piano was recently professionally refinished by Julia Race Music Services.  The former color was Regal Oak, but is now Gloss Black.  As part of the refinishing of this piano, the missing oak bottom panel was replaced and refinished with another oak panel.  The key bed, piano back and entire case were thoroughly cleaned.  Surfaces blemishes were repaired with a polyurethane product before being sanded and refinished with a quality polyurethane glossy color. The rectangle stylistic frames on the exterior case sides were removed for a more modern look.  A small repair was made in the lower hitch pin area.  The felts are still in good shape and the tuning pin bushings are tight, helping a tuning to last.  As a professional piano technician, I have come across many levels of bushing holding power, and these bushings are better than most pianos I have dealt with.  The piano has been tuned and will be tuned once more to A440 before sale.
Dimensions:  The measurements of the piano are as follows:

Length at the lid: 57″.
Width at the key bed: 25″.
Height from the floor to the top of the lid: 36 1/4″.
Shipping:  I encourage prospective piano buyers to view this piano personally. Please call Julia at (570) 295-0371 to arrange a meeting.  I do not ship internationally. Shipping may be available upon an individual basis for destinations within 200 miles of zip code 17745.  Please call Julia to see if this may be an option for you before trying to buy this item.

Age:  The serial numbers fit the Baldwin Acrosonic, but there was no other reference to the Acrosonic sub-brand on the piano. According to the serial number 1284647, if Acrosonic, this piano was built between 1981 and 1982.  Please scroll down to the end of the blog to see the list of serial numbers for Baldwin/Acrosonic.

The Piano Blue Book has this to say of Baldwin pianos:

“BALDWIN Pianos bearing this well known and an honorable name was the product of The Baldwin Piano Mfg.Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, and were. In the best sense of the word, instruments of the highest degree of excellence. The system or chain of scientific improvements peculiar to the Baldwin piano based on the law of acoustics, and known as the Baldwin acoustic system, which permitted the greatest conservation of tone, secures an artistic result of the highest quality, and has resulted in gaining for. It a leading position among the world’s artistic musical instruments. The Baldwin piano has an individuality of the highest character. When it was exhibited at the International Exposition at Paris in 1900 it was honored with an award (The Grand Prix) which has never been bestowed on any, other American piano, and the highest honor ever received by any, piano made In America. The Baldwin pianos are made in most modem and perfectly equipped factories under ideal manufacturing conditions. At the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., 1904, the Baldwin piano was again awarded the Grand Prize and still another Grand Prize was awarded the Baldwin pianos and Manualos at the Anglo-American Exposition, London, 1914. The “New York Tribune,” in commenting on the comprehensive display of the Baldwin Company at Paris, and the success of this piano and this house, said that they made a record that would never he forgot in the history of uprights, grands and reproducing pianos, the grands including the various sizes from concert grands to small grands for parlors. In Rome, 1923, the Baldwin piano was awarded the Papal Medal and the House of Baldwin appointed “Purveyors to the Holy See.” The Baldwin piano is recognized as a universal favorite between the leading operatic artists and virtuosos of the pianoforte. The Baldwin Manualo is a unification of the most artistic piano with the most scientific players’ construction; in other words, it combines the highest artistic attainment in piano production with the most gratifying ability of performance. The entire output is controlled by The Baldwin Piano Company.

The Baldwin Grand Piano, designed, built and guaranteed by the Baldwin Company, Loveland, Ohio, is used exclusively by the first rank of artists in all spheres of musical expression – pianists, composers, conductors, singers, instrumentalists – as well as the outstanding symphony orchestras around the world and in music festivals everywhere. Without reservation, from the nine-foot concert grand to the five feet, two inch grand, every Baldwin embodies the latest concepts of acoustical science and piano making, it is a precision engineered musical instrument of the highest degree of excellence. Any Baldwin made piano is worth the time. Money and energy to rebuild or refurbish.

Baldwin also builds Howard spinet and grand pianos, and Hamilton studio pianos for home and school, all maintain great resale value.

1900 – 10400 1962 – 152706 1974 – 204113 1986 – 266329
1910 – 16400 1963 – 156591 1975 – 208742 1987 – 270416
1920 – 35800 1964 – 160868 1976 – 213470 1988 – 278556
1930 – 63000 1965 – 165701 1977 – 217853 1989 – 284228
1940 – 88700 1967 – 175821 1979 – 228858 1991 – 293772
1943 – 102000 1968 – 179702 1980 – 236654 1992 – 301774
1948 – 105000 1969 – 184661 1981 – 242984 1993 – 305110
1950 – 110243 1970 – 190028 1982 – 248306 1994 – 310000
1955 – 128167 1971 – 192401 1983 – 253274 1995 – 313000
1960 – 145002 1972 – 195485 1984 – 257293 1996 – 316000
1961 – 148635 1973 – 199649 1985 – 26225″

-bluebookofpianos.com/agesb.htm#BALDWIN”

“ACROSONIC

This distinctive and exclusive name designates a line of spinet and console pianos built by the Baldwin Piano Company. Coined from the Greek word,”akros,” meaning supreme and the Latin word, “sonus,” meaning tone, the trade mark “Acrosonic” is registered in the United States Patent Office. Acrosonics are famous for their beautifully compact styling, their tonal clarity and power and Baldwin’s exclusive Full-Blow Action.

1936-2650001967-831583 1977-1104802 1987-1406054
1946-3650001968-851540 1978-1135737 1988-1432927
1956-5854541969-881087 1979-1180266 1989-1442402
1960-6798441970-912986 1980-1220374 1990-1431760
1961-7028061971-933476 1981-1253176 1991-1450068
1962-7237781972-953937 1982-1286178 1992-1463568
1963-7437721973-979129 1983-1324487 1993-1478744
1964-7631431974-1007687 1984-1343955 1994-1483157
1965-7840171975-1035719 1985-1365605 1995-1491127
1966-8037271976-1067508 1986-1383187 1996-150032″

-bluebookofpianos.com/agesa.htm#Acrosonic

 

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Bright Spots – One Girl’s Passion for Music Despite Disability | HSLDA

May 30, 2014
Charity Klicka

Music is a wonderful thing; an inspiring way to escape the day-to-day craziness of life.

The story I am about to tell you is a story about music, and about a sweet girl who pursued her love of music despite her disability.

15-year-old Joanna Costa was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC), a disability that consists of joint contractures in both her hands and feet. This means Joanna has limited use of her toes and fingers, and specifically in respect to playing musical instruments she has limited to no use in her fingers.

Yet despite her disability, Joanna still loves music and pursues it with a passion! She taught herself how to play the piano at age seven. And just a few years ago, Joanna started playing the hammer dulcimer. If that isn’t already amazing, Joanna also loves to sing and has sung in multiple choirs and ensembles. “I have always loved music,” Joanna explains in an interview with the HSLDA Blog, “I like to play a variety of genres, but my favorites include classical pieces and hymns.”

Joanna’s love for music started at a young age. It all began when Joanna asked her mom, who was a piano teacher, if she could give her piano lessons. “She was teaching my older brother Stephen, and whatever he did, I wanted to do too,” Joanna conveyed about her first interest in music. “Also, my dad and mom both play piano, so I wanted to play the piano like they did.  My dad would come home from work and play, and I would listen to him and think, ‘I want to do that.’” Joanna’s mom also plays in their church, and all that little five-year-old Joanna wanted to do was to play the piano as well as her parents.

Mrs. Costa consulted a music therapist, Janet, about Joanna’s condition and if she’d be able to play the piano. Janet assessed Joanna’s ability to play and felt very confident that Joanna could learn to play the piano. “That therapist”, Joanna explained, “became my piano teacher and has been teaching me ever since.  She has especially taught me how to play more complex pieces with my physical limitations (since I can only play with 2 or 3 fingers at most in each hand).”

Through all of this, Mr. and Mrs. Costa homeschooled Joanna and taught her the importance of music and education. Speaking of her homeschool experience, Joanna explained that “homeschooling has allowed [her] schedule to be flexible enough to allow for the therapy and doctor’s visits necessitated by [her] diagnosis”, as well as for extracurricular activities.  Although Joanna isn’t able to play certain sports such as soccer or softball, homeschooling has afforded her the opportunities to do other extracurricular and physical activities such as sled hockey, horseback riding, participating in the science fair, and the 4-H club. Homeschooling has also allowed her enough flexibility to practice and record music.

In 2013, Joanna released her first CD, called Four Fingers, Two Hands, One Piano. The CD includes pieces played by Joanna from Muzio Clementi and Joseph Haydn. In Joanna’s own words: “Playing these pieces, even with a disability, allows me to enjoy the beauty of music – a beauty I hope to share with others. Having to work harder, perhaps more than others, to perform the pieces gave me an even greater appreciation of the compositions.”

When asked what her inspiration was behind her first album, Joanna said: “I have to blame my father for this one.  Primarily, dad encouraged me to share my story. Our desire was to promote the idea that disabled individuals can still do amazing things (and should not be looked down by others in society) and we wanted to bring glory to God through the process.” Although there were some technical difficulties and the album took 3 years to record, Joanna said “it was a good learning experience to go through the recording process and it taught [her and her dad] patience.”

With one album under her belt, Joanna hopes to record another CD in the not too distant future. Joanna also loves to help people, and some of her future goals in that area include going to the Middle East this spring to help at a home for girls, and helping out at an orphanage in Mexico this summer. “I have always wanted to help kids”, Joanna explained, “and I hope to do something along these lines in the future.”

Homeschooling has allowed Joanna the opportunities to pursue her passion for music and her passion for helping people. She loves God and has a heart ready and waiting for Him to use. I look forward to see how God will use Joanna next.

PC: Sarah Fisher

Bright Spots – One Girl’s Passion for Music Despite Disability | HSLDA.

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Piano Recital

Julia is excited to announce a recital featuring the work of her students to be held at:

Faith Baptist Church

305 Cider Press Road,

Lock Haven, P.A. 17745

http://faithbaptistchurchlockhaven.wordpress.com

Join us on February 10, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. to enjoy some of her students’ favorite music.

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Save Your Piano – Don’t Spray Oils

This season, as we prepare to receive company, we dust off traditions and customs that are dear to us.  When it comes to dusting your piano, remember to spray your cloth first and then dust your piano.

“My piano does not stay in tune!”

Silicones and oils that are sprayed onto the piano can make their way to the wood doughnut-like bushings that surround the tuning pins.  These bushings need to tightly grip the tuning pins so your piano stays in tune.  When they become slippery, the tuning pins will not stay where the piano technician puts them, and withing a few minutes, the pin is unwinding toward the flat position.  This situation is common to dry-rotted pin bushings, or pianos that have received too much dry heat and not enough moisture.

The Dampp-Chaser company sells smart sensors that automatically detect the amount of moisture in the air and adjust that to provide either more dampness or more dryness in your specific situation.  This is a real boon for churches, schools and homes where excess dryness, humidity or change is involved.  The pianos I tune that are in the best condition have a Dampp Chaser installed.  As a piano technician, I can install a Dampp-Chaser unit on request.

For older pianos that have seen neglect or oils, Garfield’s Pinblock Restorer, or PinTite may be a help.  The Garfield’s product takes a week to set, the PinTite sets up within the same day.  Both applications require a vertical piano to be placed on it’s back during the process.  Another method to restore the necessary friction is to install a tuning pin bushing.  This method involves un-stringing the pin in question, inserting a thin metallic shim, re-inserting the pin, restringing the wire, and tuning.  Naturally, I take the condition of the piano wire into condition on a job like that.  I would not care to try it on rusty piano wire, or when most of the bushings are loose.  On piano restorations, sometimes the entire pinblock and/or individual bushings are replaced.  These large and expensive jobs require specialized tools and a highly-trained craftsman.

Three main helps are:

1.  Do not spray furniture oils or silicone-based products onto your piano.

2.  Use a Dampp-Chaser system to protect your investment.

3.  Repair existing damages with a pinblock solution or bushings.

Julia is available to help you with your piano tunings and repair.  For scheduling, please contact her through the online form or at 570-295-0371.

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Labor Day with family

Girls at PianoYesterday, we enjoyed a beautiful day with Dr. Olin and Mrs. Elsie Race at their newly refurbished home.  The day dawned misty and cool as we traveled westward, but the rain held off until after grandma’s home-cooked prize-winning dinner.  It was great to brainstorm about musical ideas, books, music teaching techniques and tools, and psychology with my aunts and mother, all of whom are teachers.  Harold Street was cheerful with young voices squealing for joy in the arms of their aunts and uncles from “far away”.  Cousins chatted about current interests.  Of course, pictures must be taken as well…those pictures you hope to fondly remember, but also seem to exaggerate your frizzled hair, plump waistline and tired eyes.  Well, maybe someday they will be beloved.  Listening to grandpa’s memories of old times are some of my treasured moments.  His wealth of history about Pennsylvania people, churches, organizations, ideas, politics, and, most of all, his devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ, have shaped my own ideas and have helped me see present situations with a perspective more matured than my own.  His guidance is not a pushy, demanding one, but influential, nonetheless.  Both of his sons volunteered to attend Bible college and, finding their life’s purpose, have served as ordained ministers of the Gospel for decades.  His daughter has been devoted to the teaching and promotion of the Lord through uplifting Christian music.  Her joy of teaching shines through her eyes, voice, and face and her students have seen success in their musical endeavors.  It has been a long time since so many parts of the family have united, but even in the face of the long journeys home, we are thankful for the extra efforts we have made to be together.

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Free Old Fashioned Christian Music Radio

Try this link to one of my personal favorites, a church-sponsored commercial-free-music-only web radio station, full of inspiring Christian music.  You can sample and buy CDs presented, from the station.  You will find instrumental, vocal, harp, and fully orchestrated pieces in styles ranging from “down home” to “classical” “just for fun” and “church”.

Old Fashioned Christian Music Radio.

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