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Steinway D or B for Beethoven Sonatas
Old 26th May 2015 | Show parent
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It is almost as bad as having to convince clients to keep the piano on the full stick, as they don't realize short stick actually makes it louder in the forward plane.
Agreed...it tends to quack like a duck and distort the full-stick frequency spectrum. It's also a lazy, knee-jerk response to a perceived need to reduce volume (such as when accompanied by a singer) and demeans and underestimates the ability of the competent pianist to vary their attack and percussive style to adjust to the needs of the performance...
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Agreed...it tends to quack like a duck and distort the full-stick frequency spectrum. It's also a lazy, knee-jerk response to a perceived need to reduce volume (such as when accompanied by a singer) and demeans and underestimates the ability of the competent pianist to vary their attack and percussive style to adjust to the needs of the performance...
Hmm... Speaking as a competent pianist, I feel like there's a lot of over-generalized hate going on in this thread about the half-stick. Is it the ideal tonal choice? Of course not, but the half-stick can be very useful in certain situations such as that I already described. You just have to use it properly.

I am certainly capable of adjusting my articulation to the needs of a performance, but sometimes you're limited by other factors, especially when the piano and/or the acoustic are not ideal, and the half-stick has been a real problem-solver for me more times than I can count.

For example, I will sometimes use half-stick when accompanying singers, not to reduce volume, but when the piano / acoustic needs more forward treble projection to compensate. Full stick, even with a sensitive pianist, can sometimes overbalance a solo vocalist, especially young singers with less-than-operatic projection.

Admittedly, I would probably feel a bit differently if a recording engineer came over and adjusted the lid without speaking to me about it first. In my experience as a performer, I'm always the one who makes those adjustments.
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