Piano Practice Tip #2


Have good form at the piano

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Our second tip for getting more out of your piano practice time is to be sure to have good form at the piano.  This means that you are sitting correctly and holding your hands and arms correctly.

But does this really matter?  Yes, it really d sOur second tip for getting more out of your piano practice time is to be sure to have good form… good technique.  This means that you are sitting correctly and holding your hands and arms correctly. oes.  When a pianist doesn’t hold their body correctly, they make themselves susceptible to injuries.  Yes.  Injuries.  Carpal Tunnel and Tendinitis are not something we want in your future!  We want to avoid tension in the shoulders and wrists especially.

How should a pianist sit at the piano?  Here are some tips.   (All answers should be “yes”)

  1. Are you sitting on the front half of the bench?
  2. Are your feet flat on the floor and your legs not crossed in any way?
  3. Are your shoulders relaxed?
  4. Are your elbows even with, or perhaps a little higher than, the keyboard?
  5. Are your wrists straight? (not raised and not lowered) You should have a straight line from your elbows to your knuckles.
  6. Are your fingers curved? We use the ends of our fingers to push down the keys, resulting in curved fingers. We do use the sides of our thumbs, but the very tips of our fingers, to play. 
  7. Are your knees, but not your entire legs, under the keyboard?

Depending on the student’s age and height, they may need to have the seat raised or lowered, or have something to put their feet on.  Having the feet dangling distracts the brain from the learning process.

You can find Practice Tip #1 HERE.

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