A Gentle Reminder
While some people are content with a piano and a bench, there are three additional components that make the piano more comforting and longer-lasting. One often forgets the intricacies involved in the use and upkeep of a piano until it needs repair or when it becomes difficult to play. So this article will serve as a gentle reminder.
We’re all fairly knowledgeable about the piano bench because we use them. But what we may not know is that benches can be as fanciful as the piano that they sit under. There are several different kinds and the best of them accommodate for different kinds of sitters. Their finishes are widely varied as are their cushions, but the way that they function is what distinguishes them from each other.
Supplies for Comfort
For instance, some benches have lifting tops so that we may store sheet music inside. Some benches even have interchangeable legs so that we can match them to the legs of a piano. Others have adjustable tops so that we can raise their height and achieve proper posture. Good posture is extremely important in playing the piano because it gives us the endurance we need to play long songs and it also ensures that we can properly see the notes that we play.
A piano lamp of course helps us read music as well, and they’re as versatile as you could imagine. All of them work fine for both upright pianos and grand pianos with some lamps reaching 20 inches and beyond. Lamps are important accessories during the times when ambience requires that we play music in low lighting.
Over time you may notice that your piano may wobble or rock during play. Although you may want your music to rock, you certainly don’t want your piano to rock along with it! So look at some of the piano hinges available. The ones on your piano may simply need tightening, but be aware that over-tightening will render them useless from undue stripping. It only takes one pesky piano hinge to create instability.
Since most pianos are made of wood, they need to be treated with extreme care. Heat, direct sunlight, and extreme fluctuations of temperature and humidity can warp and damage the piano so much that its sound is distorted. Although you will have to do your part to keep the piano polished and out of direct sunlight, you can use a humidifier to maintain a constant level of moisture in the air. A piano humidifier sits inside the piano and will prevent the piano’s wood from drying out, splintering, and cracking. A good humidity level is 40 – 45 percent.
These accessories of course are just a few of the piano supplies that are available, but they should give you a good start toward the maintenance of your instrument and your comfort as an expert pianist.