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The metronome is an instrument that is used for marking musical tempo. Many different forms have been in use since the first was created in 1696.

The traditional style and the most common now in use is the clockwork driven metronome, which was patented by Maelzel in 1815.

These metronomes are in the shape of a pyramid and have a pendulum that swings back and forth on a pivot and makes a ticking sound. The speed is adjusted by moving a sliding weight. Some metronomes have a bell sound which can be added to the clicking rhythm and made strike on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 6th beat.

The main purpose of the metronome is to establish an appropriate tempo for a piece of music and to maintain consistency of tempo through a work or an excercise.

At The Piano Workshop we offer a large selection of metronomes, including the German made Wittner metronomes.

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Dr Miriam Hyde AO, OBE

Dr Miriam Hyde AO, OBE, was an Australian composer, poet, music educator and pianist. She was born in Adelaide on January 15th 1913 and died January 11, 2005. Miriam Hyde composed works for piano, songs, orchestra and she also had books of poetry published, and wrote an autobiography.

.Miriam Hyde

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Titanic Piano

The RMS Titanic was a ship orchestrated to be grander than any other. Feed your interest on Titanic‘s music: the numbers listed in the White Star Line Songbook, discussion on the identity of Titanic‘s band members, and the performance venues including the art case pianos on board.

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Byron Janis

“The moment I began playing the Yamaha CFX piano I could tell that it had a resonance, purity of tone and an ideal action, unique among pianos. The CFX allows me to play with the utmost artistic expression, nuance and control. It is simply a superb instrument.”
Byron Janis

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The Secret Life of Piano Tuners

Hear from the people who keep New Zealand’s pianos sounding sweet, from old dingers to Steinway grands. We meet the man who tuned Paul McCartney’s family “joanna” and hear stories of the itinerant piano tuners who were much sought after in 19th century New Zealand. People interviewed in this programme include: Anthony Fry – piano tuner, Chris O’Connor – percussionist, Dr Kirstine Moffat – author of Piano Forte: Stories and Soundscapes from Colonial New Zealand, David Jenkins – tuner, Yuji Nakamura – tuner, David Salmon – tuner, Hermione Johnson – pianist. (24′19″)

Produced by Julie Hill for Radio New Zealand National.


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Motown sound to come from 1877 Steinway again

1877 Steinway grand piano
1877 Steinway grand piano
Onetime Beatle Paul McCartney paid to restore this 1877 Steinway grand piano used by Motown artists that is now part of the collection at the Motown Museum in Detroit. He came upon it when he toured the museum in 2011. It couldn’t be played at the time because of its deteriorated condition. He’ll get to play it now. (Detroit News via Associated Press)

Mowtown enthusiasts at Detroit’s Mowtown Museum (USA) are happy to welcome back their 1877 Steinway & Sons model D grand piano following a complete restoration at the Steinway & Sons New York Factory.

The piano was originally used in the museum’s recording studio (before the studio became a museum) and has been used by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. The restoration project was started by Paul McCartney, who wanted to see the piano restored to its former glory.

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney will play the 1877 Steinway grand piano he paid to have restored at a Sept. 18 charity event in New York City before the piano is returned to the Motown Museum in Detroit. He’ll perform with Motown founder Berry Gordy. (Associated Press)

You can read the full article at the Washington Times on line by clicking here.