Piano for Beginners: Importance of Posture and Hand Position  

The technique you utilize when playing the piano is so important for several reasons. Correcting your posture and hand position will not only make you a better pianist, but it will also avoid long-term complications like injuries or common pains.

Let’s begin with posture which refers to the way you sit at the piano. Factors to take into consideration include:

·         What’s the distance between the bench and keys?

·         How high are you sitting?

·         Are your fingers curved?

·         Where are your shoulders?

·         Do your feet touch the ground?

These are all questions you want to ask yourself when working on your posture. It will allow you to develop good habits and avoid some of the downfalls improper sitting brings. One of the common injuries brought forward when playing piano incorrectly is carpal tunnel or tendinitis.

Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel refers to numbness, weakness, or tingling in your hand. For a pianist, this is not a good thing and can affect their chances of playing in the future. When your wrists are too high or low when playing, you’ll be putting pressure on this area of the wrist. Doing this constantly leads to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Curved Fingers

Another question that you need to be asking yourself is whether your fingers are curved. You want to naturally curve your fingers when you play. You can do this by relaxing your hands and arms to the side of the body and looking at how your fingers curve in their natural state. This is how you want to play the piano.

There will be times when you’ll have to move away from this natural curve hand position and use flat fingers. This is okay if you come back to this natural curve as often as you can.

How to Sit

A piano bench is the better way to go when compared to a chair. Using a chair inclines you to use the backrest, consequently putting you out of alignment. This makes it difficult to reach the keys and it makes your posture suffer. For this reason, we recommend you invest in a quality piano bench.

So, you have a bench that is comfortable and looks good! Now you just must figure out how to use it correctly and sit the right way. The first thing you need to do is adjust the height. You can use books to sit higher up on the bench if needed or if you want additional comfort buying a cushion is always an option.

You should sit on half of the bench with your feet flat on the ground. Your wrist and arm need to be parallel with the ground and right above the white keys of your piano. This is how you adjust the height of the bench and ensure you’re sitting properly. When using the pedal, make sure your heel is always staying on the floor.

We hope this short summary has given you a better understanding of the importance of good posture and hand placement. If you’re new to playing the piano, we suggest you invest your money in a quality instrument such as the Yamaha P45. Its versatility and affordable cost make it a great fit for beginners.