February Meeting: (2nd Monday)                                                                                                                            Board Meeting:
Time: 7:30 pm                                                                                                                                                         6:00 pm
Location: Shull Piano
25041 Redlands Blvd
Loma Linda, CA 92354

It was great to see several of our members at the January combined chapter event which was held in Santa Monica and featured LaRoy Edwards, inventor of so many tools that we use nearly every day, and a seemingly never-ending fount of ideas for how we can do things better, faster, and easier.

For our February meeting, Roger Domeny will present a program geared toward associate members - specifically anyone who is learning aural tuning and thinking about challenging the exam at some point down the road. One of the most difficult parts of aural tuning is setting an accurate temperament. And one of the most difficult parts of setting an aural temperament is estimating (guessing) beat speeds of fast-beating intervals. For example, everyone knows that the F3-A3 major third is supposed to beat a 7 bps, and the A3-C#4 major third is supposed to beat at 9 bps. But can a beginner really count (feel) beat speeds with this sort of accuracy? And what if, in order for the temperament to work out correctly, the piano you are working on needs the F3-A3 major third to beat at 6.8 bps (or perhaps 7.3 bps)? If the piano needs F3-A3 set to 6.8 bps (or 7.3 bps) and all you can do is set it to 7 bps, you're going to end up with unresolvable problems later on in the temperament, and you're going to wonder what went wrong. Perhaps you've experienced this. What if there was a way to set the foundation for a temperament that was guaranteed to work every single time, and that did not rely on setting any intervals at any specific beat speeds? Well, there is such a method! You won't want to miss this program which Roger has titled "Jack's Stack: How to Set a Foolproof Foundation for an Aural Temperament."

Our March meeting will feature yet another program that you will not want to miss. Our guest presenter will be Don Mannino. Be sure to watch for more information in next month's Newsletter.

Please note that there will be no meeting in April due to West Pac VI which will be held March 31 to April 3 in Seattle. For more information and to register online visit www.ptgwestpac.org.

Directions to Shull Piano: From the 10 Freeway in Loma Linda (just east of the 215 freeway), take the Tippecanoe/Anderson St exit (#74) and head south on Anderson St. Turn left (east) on Redlands Blvd which parallels the freeway. Shull piano is on the right directly across from Spreen Honda. Park in back or along the side of the store.