Piano Lessons in The Woodlands, Spring, Cypress, Tomball, Kingwood, Humble and Houston, Texas

EDUCATIONAL PIANO LESSONS:

Master the Piano at the Highest Level

As a piano teacher, I will provide you with the skills you need to have for piano proficiency at a college or university level in the comfort of your home.

Being able to satisfy college class piano requirements entails more than just being able to play a piece. Required piano skills include: Sight reading, Technique, Transposing, Harmony, Improvisation, Score Reading, Playing by Ear & Composition.

DLL Piano will provide you with a wealth of musical knowledge, giving you the tools to discover what playing the piano is all about. Serving in The Woodlands, Spring, Cypress, Tomball, Kingwood, Humble, Houston, Texas.

PIANO TUNER & REPAIR TECHNICIAN:

Certified Piano Tuner and Repair Technician serving  The Woodlands, Spring, Tomball, Cypress, Conroe, Magnolia, Kingwood, Humble, and Houston, Texas.

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Daniel Lopez Lauber

Pianist, Teacher, Arranger & Piano Technician

E-mail: dllpiano@yahoo.com

Phone: 281-883-9190

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Daniel Lauber is an Uruguayan-American pianist, educator and piano technician, born in Mercedes, Uruguay, began studying piano at the age of 6. In 1996, he obtained a Professor of Piano, Solfeggio and Music Theory Diploma from the Institute of Music Education in Uruguay. As a professor of piano he continued to perfect his skills in Montevideo, Uruguay.

A few of Daniel's more significant events include:

In 1998, Daniel entered "Ciudad de Montevideo" a piano competition in which he won a scholarship to perfect his skills with french pianist Pascal Le Corre.

2nd place winner of  Piano Competition City of Montevideo  (Uruguay) in October 2000.

1st place winner of two piano competitions at "Ateneo de Montevideo" (Uruguay) on October 28, 2001.

Two, 1-year Scholarships for private piano lessons obtained from "Sociedad Uruguaya de Artistas Interpretes" (SUDEI) in 2000 and 2002.

Winner of Juventudes Musicales del Uruguay in 2002.

In 2004 Daniel was selected for a performance scholarship sponsored by the College of Charleston (SC).

He holds a Professor Certificate as well as an Artist Certificate in Piano Performance from the College of Charleston.

Certified Piano Tuner and Repair Technician.

Daniel Lopez Lauber is a Steinway & Sons Educational Partner.

Some of Daniel's concerts include:

  Accompanying Singers

Chamber Music

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Piano Solo

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Piano Recital Programs:

Student's Piano Recital

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Always On My Mind Piano Arrangement by Daniel Lauber

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MY GUIDE FOR TECHNICAL FREEDOM:

HOW TO PRACTICE CHOPIN'S ETUDES BY DANIEL LAUBER

As a professor, I have always felt the need to devise a systematic teaching plan to guide students to handle the challenges of piano technique both physically and musically. These videos will help prepare students to learn most aspects of piano technique without over straining his/her muscular and mental ability.

Chopin Etude Op 25 no. 1 Ab Major (Aeolian Harp)

Chopin Etude Op 10 no. 1 C Major (Waterfall)

Chopin Etude Op 10 no. 2 A minor (Chromatique)

Chopin etude Op 10 no. 3 E Major (Tristesse)

Chopin Etude Op 10 no. 4 C # minor (Torrent)

Chopin Etude Op 10 no. 5 G b Major (Black Keys)

Chopin Etude Op 10 no. 7 C Major (Toccata)

Chopin Etude Op 10 no. 8 F Major (Sunshine)

Chopin Etude Op 10 no. 9 F minor

Chopin Etude Op 10 no. 10  Ab Major

Chopin Etude Op 10 no. 11 Eb Major (Arpeggio)

Chopin Etude Op 10 no. 12 C minor (Revolutionary)

Daniel improvising on Sending The Clowns


PIANO MAINTENANCE

It is quite simple to keep the exterior of your piano clean. The most convenient way for removing finger and dust marks of the cabin is using a lightly water dampened micro fiber cloth and simply wipe afterwards with a dry one.

Waxing, polishing and using solvents of any kind is not recommended, as this can damage the fine finish, keys and keybed. Never place any objects of any kind on top of your piano. This might ruin the finish and cause buzzing on your instrument.

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YOUR PIANO'S INTERIOR

On the other hand, the inside of your piano should be considered off limits. Only a qualified piano technician should be allowed to access the interior of your piano.

Depending upon the exposure to dust and dirt, the interior of your piano should be cleaned by a professional every 2 to 3 years. Over a period of years, a piano collects an amazing amount of dust and dirt on the soundboard, among the tuning pins, and in other places where it is hard to get out. Cleaning not only enhances the appearance of a piano, but also helps keep the old dirt from acting as an abrasive on moving parts.

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THE PIANO SOUND

There are 3 basic steps for maintaining the sound of your piano: tuning, which brings the piano back to pitch; voicing, which affects the piano s tone or quality of sound; and regulation, which is the adjustment of the action mechanism and affects the touch of the piano.

Tuning:

This requires an assessment of the vibration integration among notes, which varies with every piano. Your piano should be tuned and maintained at A440 Hz. This is the international accepted standard.

Pitch Raise:

Overtime if the piano to be tuned is more than quarter step low overall, a special tuning problem arises. If the piano is tuned to standard pitch, the tuning will not stabilize and it will go out of tune quickly. A drop in the pitch happens when too much tension is added to the piano wire at any one time; the metal of the wire will relax and will end up going flat shortly after being tuned. If the piano has been neglected for more than 2 years a pitch raise might be necessary before performing a fine tuning.

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Factors affecting your tuning stability: Humidity/Temperature

Ideally your piano should be maintained at a temperature from 70-75F where relative humidity ranges from 45-50%. If these conditions are not possible try to keep them consistent. In addition you should:

Never put your piano near a window or where it can receive direct sunlight. Never put your piano in an area where there is sudden temperature change. Never put your piano next to a wall heater or air conditioner vent.

All of these things can cause your piano to go out of tune more than normal. Your piano should be tuned and serviced at least once a year, every six months if used often.

ACTION REGULATION

Just as a watch or automobile engine must be in correct adjustment to operate smoothly, so must the action parts of a piano. The action is the most sensitive part of the piano. In order to keep it as responsive as it was designed to be, it will, from time to time, require the attentions of a professional piano technician. A piano which gets normal home use will probably need regulation every 3 to 5 years.

Regulating a piano is an art that requires patience and practice, care must be taken to make all measurements and adjustments accurately.

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VOICING

The task of "Voicing" the hammers is to produce a uniform and even quality of tone throughout the piano. Regardless of its original voicing, every piano will acquire a somewhat brighter tone with time.The hammer felts will be compacted as they are thrown repeatedly against the strings. When a set of hammers is made, there are differences in the hardness and density of the felt strip used. These differences result in one hammer sounding too soft, another too brilliant, and so on. The piano technician must adjust the resiliency of the hammer felt in order to obtain a uniform-balanced tone throughout the keyboard.

These 3 steps-tuning, voicing and regulating are exacting jobs. They should be performed at the intervals recommended.

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CLEANING &  REPAIRS

Cleaning and performing minor repairs that can be made on site, without moving the whole piano into a repair shop. Some minor repairs include: replacing one broken string or a missing key
top, regluing a broken key or action part. Most of these repairs can be made with portable tools carried to the location of the piano.

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Sometimes it might be easier to remove certain parts from the piano and take them to the shop for these repairs, but it isn't necessary to move the entire piano.

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When a piano needs major repairs like replacing a pinblock, shimming and refinishing a soundboard, or restoring an entire action by installing new hammers, springs, felts and other parts the piano must be moved into a shop.

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The design and workmanship that are part of your piano endow it with extraordinary capabilities. To get the most out of it, periodic adjustments will be required.

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