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Welcome to the website of piano technician, teacher and musician, Henry Salmon.

Here you will find information on tuning, repairs and piano teaching as well as the latest information on my gigs and music.

Piano Tuning and Repair

Piano tuning is an art and a delicate skill that takes time to master, using traditional methods of tuning including intervals of 4th and 5ths and tuning them by ear. I have recently completed an apprenticeship with Chris Teuton, himself a former student and employee of Steinway London, who has over 30 years’ experience tuning, repairing and reconditioning pianos.
When tuning pianos it is important to take into account the age of the piano, the condition of the strings and the temperature of the room. This will determine if the piano can be taken up to concert pitch or to tune it to itself.

The services I can provide are:

  • Tuning pianos to either concert pitch or to itself
  • Repairing any technical issues including sticking keys and hammer action problems.

Fees

£50 per tuning

Repair costs are dependent on the work required, please contact me with details and I will send you a free quote.  If I am dealing with a new type of repair, I will be accompanied by Chris Teuton, who if fully qualified and will work together to ensure your piano is restored to a professional standard.

Travel expenses are charged if travelling more than 15 miles from my base in Stratford-upon-Avon at 45p a mile.

Current customers include many private clients around Stratford and Evesham, as well as local schools in the area.

Reviews

‘Henry made a great job of tuning our old piano which has been neglected for years. It sounds bright and tuneful now and feels like new again. Thanks!’

‘Excellent local piano tuner – reasonable rates and superb job done on all pianos at our school (uprights and grand).’

‘Henry has tuned the pianos at Holy Redeemer School annually for 2 years and was efficient, sensitive to school requirements and professional. He has a very good knowledge of the trade and tuned the pianos well.
His manner is polite and easy going. He also tunes my piano at home so I am more than happy to recommend his services. In both cases the tuning was completed in a sensible time span.’

Piano Tuition

I have been teaching piano for 10 years and have enjoyed seeing the progress of many students develop into musicians.
I have a PGCE in Secondary Music and a wealth of experience of teaching students of all ages. I believe when learning piano it is important to get as much enjoyment as possible and that as the teacher, it is my job to enable this whilst ensuring each student progresses with their musicianship. It’s when students gain confidence in becoming a musician, that they realise there is a lot more enjoyment that can be had!
It is important to get to grips with the basic aspects of music when you start learning. This includes basic notation, chord progressions and some theory. Using my own composition of resources, students learn these skills that provide the basis for all pianists.

I am happy to take students through ABRSM or Rock School grades, but also happy to help students achieve personal goals too.

I have a full DBS enhanced certificate and happy to supply details on request.

Fees

£30 per hour

£15 per half hour

Books are purchased by students and can I recommend books for different stages, exams and musical styles.

Music

For the last 3 years I have been on a journey that has had many high times and difficult times. All these experiences have brought me to this point, with songs of personal thoughts and prayers that have been through my mind and collected with this up-coming album “Holding out the Grey”.

My first single from the album is available on iTunes. Listen and watch the video here:

Other album tracks include:

About

I am a pianist, teacher, piano technician, songwriter and composer.  For the past 17 years I have been performing regularly in a number of bands, performing many different styles of music including my own songs.  I have taught music as a piano teacher and as a classroom practitioner for 10 years.

I have been tuning and repairing pianos for 18 months, and have regular clients such as schools, private homes, wedding and concert venues.  I am also the in-house piano tuner for Craycombe Pianos, Pershore.