“Tune” a light for a dark life

Cai Qionghui was born in 1992 in a rural area in Fuyang District, Hangzhou. On one day in October 2000, eight-year-old Cai Qionghui went to see a new house built by a family in the village. The handful of lime that the masons readily raised fell into Cai Qionghui’s eyes. Father Cai Cai sent Cai Qionghui to Hangzhou Hospital for treatment. The doctor performed general eye anesthesia for Cai Qionghui, but due to the severe burns, the cornea has been completely shed. Cai Qionghui’s right eye is still completely blind, only the left eye can Perceive extremely faint light and shadow.

One night, Cai Qionghui said to her parents: “Dad, Mom, I want to go to school to study!” In the fall of 2003, Cai Cai sent her mother Qionghui to a school for the blind in Zhejiang Province.

In addition to teaching cultural courses, blind schools also set up classes on student interest. Cai Qionghui loved music since she was a child. She chose to learn to play the piano. Once in a piano class, the teacher played the piano with a dull tone and a dull voice. The teacher patted the piano and said “it’s time to tune”. The next day came a piano tuner. After the piano was tuned, beautiful notes popped up again. Cai Qionghui felt very magical, and suddenly the idea of ​​learning piano tuning came into being. In 2013, Cai Qionghui was admitted into the piano piano major for the blind in the School of Special Education of Beijing Union University with the second place in the country.

It’s hard to imagine the difficulty of learning piano tuning for blind people. Cai Qionghui soaks around the piano for 13 to 14 hours a day, carefully touching each part by hand, carefully memorizing each position carefully. An ordinary piano has more than 8,000 parts, and a grand piano has 13,000 parts, many of which are barbed and barbed. Cai Qionghui’s ten fingers are often bloodied. It took Cai Qionghui a whole year to accurately memorize the position of all the parts of the piano. Of the 88 black and white keys and 230 strings, even a 0.1 mm error can cause piano pitch deviation. Cai Qionghui’s job is to find out the crux of the problem and correct it from 88 black and white keys, 230 strings and 8000 parts.

There are a total of 60 pianos in the school. Cai Qionghui has touched almost every piano, and every piano has been tuned, so that she can hear the resonance caused by a loose screw on each piano. Kung Fu pays no attention to people. Cai Qionghui tunes a piano in four hours from the beginning, tunes a piano in an hour, and finally tunes a piano in twenty minutes. After four years of practice, Cai Qionghui fully mastered all the techniques of piano tuning, and graduated with the best score in the school for professional courses.

After graduation, Cai Qionghui opened a piano tuning studio in Hangzhou. In order to open the situation as soon as possible, Cai Qionghui took to the streets to distribute the flyers, and finally ushered in the first order business. An old gentleman in Xiaoshan District has an old piano in his house that needs tuning. The old man had very high requirements on intonation. He had asked several tuners before to satisfy him. After seeing Cai Qionghui’s flyer, he decided to “use the dead horse as a living horse doctor”.

Cai Qionghui spent more than three hours repeatedly testing and adjusting, and carefully fine-tuned three times. After trying the piano, the old man showed a surprised and admired expression: “I didn’t expect your piano to be so well tuned!” The old gentleman introduced Cai Qionghui to his friends who needed tuning.

In addition to taking orders from some old customers, Cai Qionghui also runs a piano tuning online store with her sister. Among these strange network customers, Cai Qionghui often encounters some untrusted customers. At this time, Cai Qionghui confidently introduced himself to the client: “I studied tunes at a university in Beijing, and paid well until I was satisfied. If there is any damage to the piano, I am willing to compensate at the price… …”The piano tuned by Cai Qionghui, the sound is very clean and transparent, there is no murmur, and the feel is very sensitive, the customer “likes” again and again after the test.

With strong technical skills in tuning, Cai Qionghui gradually broke the stereotype that “blind people cannot tune”. In 2018 and 2019 alone, Cai Qionghui tuned and repaired more than 1500 pianos. On one occasion, Cai Qionghui spent a week helping to tune and repair 80 pianos at once in Hangzhou Science and Technology Vocational College.

In the years since she founded the piano tuning studio, Cai Qionghui has encountered many unimaginable difficulties for ordinary people. In face of the difficulties, she has never backed down and always faced the difficulties. The sentence she often hangs on her lips is: “No today Give up, there will be hope tomorrow.” Piano tuning not only helps Cai Qionghui realize her own value, but also gives a bright light for her dark life.