Piano Voicing (Tone Regulating) Explained

Piano Voicing (Tone Regulating) Explained

Piano voicing, also known as tone regulating, is usually referring to the process of adjusting the parts of the piano to produce a change in the tonal quality aiming for a desired sound. You are never stuck with a piano sounding the way it does and there are many variables that can change voicing; from simply using the pedals to affect tone or having a technician re-align, re-shape, or alter the density of the felts covering the hammers striking the string to produce a warmer or brighter tone. Some things that affect voicing include hardness” or “softness” of the hammer felt, the weight of each hammer, the shape (“crown”) of the soundboard, a piano’s case design and construction, materials used throughout the piano, and the placement of your piano in a room. On a basic level, each individual playing the same instrument can produce different tonal qualities or voice just from their unique playing style. There are a number of artists who use a prepared pianos; tacks on the hammers, alternative tunings, items placed inside can add unique texture when the piano is played. Let's take a closer look at piano voicing...