Is it time for a tune-up?
BROOKVILLE — Greenville High School alum Jeremy Woodall grew up in a very musical family, with all of his siblings playing multiple instruments.
“My first instrument was the drums, which I started playing when I was 12. My younger brother, Ben, was a pianist, and he and I played together in church and in a band that recorded several albums and toured quite locally,” says Woodall. “In college, I played guitar and started learning the piano. I played professionally for many years after my marriage and even taught at the Sweetwater Music Academy in Fort Wayne.
Woodall’s wife, Heidi, then encouraged him to learn to tune pianos since he was already playing and teaching, saying, “Then you could do anything on the piano!” He took her advice and started a piano tuning business called Everything Piano.
Nowadays, piano tuners learn by finding a mentor or taking a course made available by a few companies in the United States. That’s what Woodall did.
“There’s a piano technology school in Boston, but it’s a three-year program, and I didn’t want to be away from my family for that long. I took the course—we were living in Oregon at the time—and found a [local] mentor in Portland that I worked with for two years,” Woodall said.
Woodall has been tuning pianos for 10 years now.
He wants to make families, places of worship, music teachers and retirement homes aware of the importance of taking care of their pianos. Most piano manufacturers recommend that a piano be tuned every six months.
“I tell customers it’s kind of like having your oil changed every 3,000 or 5,000 miles (depending on your car),” Woodall said. “You don’t have to, but the longer you wait, the more potential damage can be done to your engine.”
When a piano is not tuned for a long time, the metal strings stretch, causing the piano to become “flat”. Getting the piano back in tune is stressful for the piano. When a piano has not been tuned for many years, the stress of tuning can cause the strings to break and/or prevent the piano from staying in tune for very long, requiring more tunings to stabilize it. and it ends up costing the owner more money.
In short, get your piano tuned today!
Piano tuning takes about 1.5 hours, and Woodall charges $145 for fine tuning, including any pitch adjustment work. A discount is available for homeschooled families, places of worship and piano teachers. He charges $60 an hour for repairs, and most can be done at home.
One big tip that Woodall emphasized is the importance of playing the piano regularly. A piano is made to be played. To use another car reference, if someone never starts their car, that’s not good for the car because it’s designed to be started and driven. Woodall strongly recommends that a piano be played and played often. He joked, “Of course, parents love that suggestion, and I often invite parents to make me the ‘bad guy’ (the piano tuner said…) when they tell their children to practice.
Woodall can be reached at 260-415-8398 (voice/text), and readers are encouraged to like his Facebook page, Everything Piano, where he often shares information about piano chords and customer testimonials, such as following:
Woodall recalls: “Once I logged on to a nursing home and had a lady come over. She was sitting well [near the piano] in his wheelchair. She sat there the whole time looking at me. I went all the way – you know it takes an hour and a half so it’s a long time to sit and watch someone do something – and when I was done she looked at me very sternly and said to me: the worst pianist I have ever heard!’”
Jeremy Woodall, All Piano
Woodall begins fine tuning, which will take approximately 1.5 hours.