One of the most and least discussed things in music is posture. Most people may think that this can be overlooked when first learning to play an instrument. Today we will take a look what good posture is on the piano because there is much more than meets the eye.
Focusing on The Basics in Piano
The first part of your piano lesson is where your piano bench is compared to where your piano sits. Even if you just have a keyboard, the same rule applies. Everyone is a different size so the best distance is when you are sitting at the piano and your elbows and shoulders can rest with ease and still be just in front of your center line. Remember to think natural when you are considering your posture. If you are tense or in the incorrect position, you will fatigue more easily and feel pain.
Another crucial consideration when playing the piano is the height of the bench. There are so many benches available and it may be in your best interest to try one out at the local music store. When you are sitting on the piano bench in a relaxed position, your forearms should be parallel with the ground. This should allow your fingers to rest easily on the keys. When you body is in the correct position, it allows you to flow more easily while playing music.
Your Hands Over the Piano
Your fingers are probably one of the most important things to focus on. When your fingers are over the piano keys, your wrists should be straight. The best way to think of your hands over the keys is if your hands laying on top of a ball. That makes sure your palm is in the best position and supports your fingers. We have included some images and videos on correct piano poster that you can use as a resource. It may take a couple tries to get it right.
The last thing I want to discuss today is correct posture when you play any instrument. Warming up should be a part of every jam session and I don’t mean on just your instrument. It is always a good idea to stretch and warm up your muscles before you get started. Take the five minutes to take care of yourself. Some instruments you will risk serious injury which can affect your ability to practice.
After you get your posture down it is always a good idea to start with some basic scales and easy piano music. A great resource that we have found is: http://www.burningbushesmusic.com. Using a free resource online will only get you so far though. Looking locally for a few local lessons or friends that play your instrument is huge! Even if you are on a budget there is a music teacher from you. Teachers can give you live feedback on what you are doing correctly and what you aren’t. This is the fastest way to learn correct posture as well as become a better musician. If you have specific piano questions, Josh Roland has offered to help. Have fun with all of this and let us know if I can help.