About the Book and DVD
The Voice of the Piano is unique in that it is the only book devoted entirely to piano hammers and voicing. Veteran concert technician, “tone warrior” and self-professed “hammer man” André Oorebeek does what no other world class voicing technician has done before: he takes us behind the scenes and creates for us a step-by-step map for the complete voicing process of piano hammers.
The Voice of the Piano Goes Global
French and Japanese editions now available!
Voicing Book Goes Global
André Oorebeek's acclaimed hammer voicing book “The Voice of the Piano” is attracting overseas attention. The book with its companion DVD was originally published in Canada in 2009 by Crescendo Publications, the book division of Piano Forte Supply. The book is now being translated into French and Japanese.
“Foreign language licensing negotiations had been going on for some time,” publisher Jurgen Goering disclosed. “We are now happy to announce the imminent publication of both a French and Japanese language edition.”
The French edition, called “La Voix du Piano” was translated by Marc Valdeyron and will be published in conjunction with ITEMM, the French piano technician training center in Paris. Valdeyron is the translator of Art Reblitz's “Piano Tuning, Repairing and Servicing” and is a piano technician in his own right. The book has already gone to print and will be later in 2011.
The Japanese translation was taken on by Yoshitake Suzuki, Director at Yamaha USA's Piano Service Department. Suzuki and Oorebeek have a common history going back to the 1980's. They first met at the Yamaha Piano Academy where they underwent the rigours of that training program together.
André Oorebeck has taught extremely successful full day seminars on voicing at the past three Annual Piano Technician's Guild conventions. After the most recent seminar in Kansas City in July of 2011, the author and his two friends, the translator of the Japanese version and the publisher of the English version, met to celebrate the success of the book.
“The Voice of the Piano” has been distributed into well over 20 countries in the English version, according to the publisher, Jurgen Goering. These two foreign language translations not only open up new markets for the book and DVD, they confirm the value and importance of the material presented by Oorebeek. “We are thrilled by these developments which will allow more piano technicians around the world to enhance their voicing skills,” says Goering.
The photo below shows Yoshitake Suzuki, André Oorebeek and Jurgen Goering at the 2011 Kansas City Annual Piano Technicians Guild convention.
The book includes:
- information on hammer felt making and hammer pressing
- anatomy of the piano hammer
- description of the required tools and materials and how to use and apply them
- where and how to needle to achieve the desired effect
- what to watch and listen and feel for
- how to work the hammers with files, needles and other tools.
Click on the thumbnails below to see photos from the book.
Oorebeek leads the reader through the voicing process in detail. It is not just the hammers that are the focus of a skilled voicer; the strings, soundboard, the regulation, the whole instrument as well as the acoustic space and the owner’s preferences and idiosyncrasies must all be taken into account. Indeed, this is the holistic approach to voicing.
Of special note is the included DVD: 45 minutes of real voicing instruction, not just supporting the information in the book but also showing many tricks and skills that cannot readily be described accurately. One can literally watch as the piano tone develops from a raw sound to a dignified blend of “power and silk”, as the author calls it.
The author holds back no secrets. Everything is spelled out very clearly in this engaging book.
Not a “print-on-demand” product, The Voice of the Piano is ink printed on quality gloss paper (60% post-consumer waste) with lavish color photos and a hard cover binding.