Thanks for checking us out. Chances are, you have landed on this page for one of these reasons:
- You want to learn to play the piano.
- You’re looking for information on how you can help someone learn the piano, perhaps your child or a grandchild.
If this is your first time on our website, what we do here is we post our journey to learning how to play the piano from the comfort of our home. Bree and I are both very passionate about music. Actually, our family is passionate about music. Learning to play the piano together is one of our bonding moments. We are grateful that we found something we can enjoy doing together – learning the piano.
We share the things that we learned throughout our journey such as, how we pick our first keyboard, all the information we gathered from our research, what are the hurdles that we encountered, how do we motivate ourselves to continue practicing, etc. You will find videos of our practices as well on this page. We hope that the videos will help you get an idea of what you can accomplish after practicing for a certain period.
The app we use on our journey to play the piano is called Simply Piano. What we like about Simply Piano is that their lessons are easy to follow and easy to understand. I have not played an instrument before, so picking the right app was the key for me.
Today we are now on Day 7 and Day 8 of our Piano Journey.
Proper posture when playing on the piano
We decided to tackle one of the most important aspects of playing the piano today. From walking, sitting, typing, singing, etc. All these things have one thing in common, the proper posture.
Why is it so important that you follow a proper posture when playing the piano?
With good posture, you will be able to practice comfortably and perform longer without experiencing any aches. You want to be able to perform tension-free so that you can get the most of your experience. As always, no one wants to get injured on anything that we do, so it is a good idea to start building good habits now than trying to correct bad habits you’ve developed over the years.
Here are some of our tips for tension-free playing:
1. Sitting position
Position your stool in the middle. To find the middle of your piano, you can look at the logo or the middle c note. Sit on the front edge of your piano bench. Your knee should come to about the edge of your piano but not be touching it. Make sure you can move freely. Find a perfect balance where your center of gravity is much lower. It will allow your feet anchored and your back to stand nice and straight. Make sure your shoulder and arm are nice and lose. The core muscles in your stomach have to be engaged, your shoulders are down, and your chest is open. If you can swing freely left to right without falling off your piano stool, it’s a good indicator that you got it.
DON’T DO: Do not slouch or sit like you’re a stick as that would not be comfortable, and you are just making a clown out of yourself
2. Distance between you and your piano
To check and make sure you have the proper distance between you and your piano, lift your arms forward like a karate arm, your fists should be above your piano keys but not touching the front base of your piano. Another way to check is to place both of your hands on both sides of your piano. You need to be able to hold both sides. This perfect distance between you and your piano will enable your arms, elbow, and body to have enough space to move around as you play.
DONT DO: Do not bring the chair so far forward close to the piano where you are completely locked, you can’t move your arms, you can’t move your chair.
Your wrist should be in line with your arm. Get a pencil and place your hand on the key, use the pencil to check and make sure your wrest is in alignment with your arm. Your arm and your wrist should make almost a straight line. There should be no break between the forearms and your wrist. Have the position of your hand be shaped like you are holding an apple, where your fingers are curved. Your fingers should be active, but don’t push too hard on the keys. Your arm should be the weight supplier as you press the keys, not your fingers. Your wrist is the shock absorber and should be flexible and free to move around your piano.
DONT DO: No shoe finger! What is a shoe finger? It’s when you push the piano key too hard that your finger shapes like a cowboy shoe.
The below picture is a sample of a proper posture on the piano and what not to do.
I hope you found the above tips helpful and remember there’s no one style fits all when it comes to posture. Do not overanalyze anything like you are spending too much time analyzing the posture than actually practicing the piano. Continue playing and adjust accordingly what you find is comfortable for you as you go. You can experiment on what works best for you. It’s the freedom of movement, having a positive, calm, and confident state of mind, is what matters the most. And of course last but not least, have fun!
If you have any questions or any tips, simply leave them below.
Jen and Bree