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Make Your Request Now!

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This post is directed primarily at the 23 subscribers that I currently have signed up, but other readers may respond as well.

I am planning to produce professional video lessons in the very near future and I would like to choose subjects that my subscribers would found interesting and valuable.

The lessons may be hosted here, or they may be hosted on Udemy.com, a website that has thousands of users and video lessons. I haven’t decided yet.

The lessons will have a fee associated with them, but the price will be appropriate for the quality and quantity of the content.

Subjects suggested can be small and unique, like how to replace a string, or how to fix a stuck key, or more comprehensive, like how to regulate an upright piano, or how to tune equal temperament.

So, if you are interested in piano tuning and repair, and I assume you are or you wouldn’t be reading this, I urge you to make your suggestions now.

Please don’t hesitate because you think you would not buy a course like this. Even if you do not plan on purchasing an online course from me, your suggestions will help me greatly in deciding what subject courses to produce, if any at all.

This website was supposed to help generate some revenue by offering courses in piano tuning and repair for people to take, but at this point, the engagement of readers has been so poor that I do not know if I will continue it at all. (My heartfelt gratitude to those who do leave comments and ask questions.) If you think the content I am providing is at all valuable, then please let me know.

Click on the blog title above, if you do not see a spot below to leave a comment, and tell me what subject you think would be the most popular as an online piano tuning and repair course.

Stay Tuned,

Mark

Special Offer for HowToTunePianos Subscribers!

Receive 20 hours of Basic Piano Tuning Instruction for only $497 (regular $800).

Simply comment on this post, making sure you put in your email address, and you will receive 20 hours of real-time, online instruction over Skype or Google Hangout, with a live instructor, me, on the basics of how to tune a piano.

I have been teaching this course for seven years and have started teaching online this year. I have already taught five students using this format and I am confident that students can learn online just as well as in-person.

I have streamlined the course by putting most of the theory components online, and I want to see how much more efficient the course is, now that students are able to come to the course, already knowing most of the theory before we start.

That is why I am offering this great deal of 39% off the regular price.

Come and learn the basics of aural piano tuning (tuning by ear). You will be amazed at how much you will learn about this skill. Learn from the comfort of your own home. The goal is that after the course, you will have tuned your own piano to a reasonable level, and hopefully, be able to do it again, saving you hundreds, even thousands of dollars in piano tuning fees!

Remember, just comment on this post and I will be in touch to let you know your next step.

Stay Tuned,
Mark Cerisano, RPT

Please note: This offer ends July 31st, 2014, and the course must be taken by August 31, 2014.

CLICK ON THE POST TITLE TO READ AND LEAVE COMMENTS!

How much should I charge?

$?

I would like to teach more people how to tune pianos.

Currently, I do not have a lot of interest in the online, realtime, Skype lessons.

How much is the most you would pay for 20 hours of basic instruction online, using Skype for realtime interaction?

Just Reply with the price:

$800
$700
$600
$500
$400

Would you consider paying more for one-on-one private instruction?

Yes/No

Thanks for your time.

Mark

P.S. Click on the post title if you can’t see the comments.



Piano Tuning and Repair Course in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
March 10 – 14, 2014

This course has already been given.

Please CLICK HERE to be taken to the Toronto Course Page.

I’m Back!

After two weeks of banishment, I have been freed from my Pianoworld prison and I am now able to post questions and answers on this forum again.

Upon returning, my first action was to email the moderators to ask exactly what got me banned, and how I could continue to post my videos without another punishment, which this time would be permanent.

The moderators were very helpful, which made me feel foolish for writing my previous article condemning their actions. They also explained exactly what I did, which made me feel even more foolish.

I was made aware that my image on the forum was not exactly the helpful expert I hoped it was, but more the slimy used car salesman who is always in your face.

So I’ve retooled how I appear on Pianoworld and other future forums on which I might post.

I have also reduced drastically any invitations to subscribe or visit my websites.

And I have changed my signature to only show one link; to this website.

Now, when I post, I feel much more free and happy about it. I feel like less people will dismiss my posts simply because they seem like advertisements, and more people will watch my videos and find my posts helpful.

I’m hoping that this will be a huge improvement on the success of the website and the number of people who subscribe.

A big thank you to all my current subscribers (7) who have found my website and decided it was valuable enough to join and receive updates.

If you aren’t subscribed yet, you can do this easily by filling out the form on the right.

Thanks for reading and Stay Tuned!

I’ve Been Banned!

I’ve been banned from pianoworld.com!

Pianoworld.com is a public forum where people can discuss everything piano related, including piano tuning.

It is a huge site with many users, and as such, needs the volunteer efforts of moderators to police the participants.

As a piano tuning instructor, I often post answers to questions, and at times, post videos of my lessons and classes because I think people would find them interesting.

It is a rule that we are to advertise our affiliation if we are in the business, and I do so with links to my various websites, at the bottom of every post.

Well, I was curious as to why I wasn’t getting much interest in my classes and I asked the question on pianoworld.com. My mistake, in hindsight, was posting this question to as many forums as I thought could help; piano forum, technicians forum, classical pianists forum, etc.

While I did get some very valuable feedback, some people were quite angry with me, even saying I was not having any trouble getting students at all, and had planned these posts as a form of free advertising.

Then I created this video:

which is a lesson on Equal Temperament. In this video, I use all the techniques I’ve developed during eight years of teaching piano tuning.

Again, I thought this stuff was gold for anyone interested in piano tuning. It has received 96 views and three thumbs up on youtube in just 6 days.

Nowhere in the video do I advertise any courses for sale, only links to my websites, which I am required to put in my signature. And these websites are full of free content.

In less than 15 minutes, my account was closed and all I got was a webpage saying I’ve been banned for two weeks for spamming.

No email, no explanation, no nothing.

So, when I get back on, I will have to email the moderator and try and get an idea of the criteria they are using to ban people from the site.

I have been able to read some of the posts if I don’t try to sign in, and one guy said something like “Yikes! Isn’t that a little extreme” in reference to the moderator saying the threads I created and all the posts were deleted.

Not to mention, there have been some posts asking me specific questions, which I cannot answer until January 20th. I can’t even Private Message these people.

All this to say that there is a significant force within the piano technicians world, I’ve seen it, that is trying to squash any attempts by people like myself who are interested in passing on this information, and especially if it is for a fee, which most of my content isn’t.

We, as technicians, seem to constantly be “shooting ourselves in the foot” as one technician put it, in reference to some of the treatment I’ve been getting.

It’s incredible the kind of anger I’ve have experienced in these forums. But at the same time, rewarding when I receive posts and emails from people who thank me profusely for explaining a concept that has taken them years to figure out.

So I guess I’ll keep posting.

Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know what happened to me in case you’ve been reading the PW posts and wondered where I have gone.

I’ll be back on the 20th.

Until then, Stay Tuned!

P.S. Your comments are welcomed and encouraged. I read and respond to every one.

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