Piano playing, like any other task that you have to do sitting down can cause you some serious backache. That is why you need to know the best tips to adopt the best posture. There is no need to do a fun thing like playing the piano and then later have to pay the price in the form of a hefty medical bill. In addition, the posture also matters a lot because it will affect how you play. If you lean down too much, well, you may find yourself kneading the keys instead of tapping them. If you lean back too much, you may find yourself not reaching the keys properly.
Here is how to adopt the right posture for playing piano:
Piano playing posture is about the whole body – That is right, everything you have got, from the head to the toe has to be in the right posture. How is this possible? Through regular practice of
The seat position – Playing the piano is very much like driving a car. You want to be in a position where you can reach everything without stretching, without straining even a bit. So, get a comfortable seat, place it in front of the piano and then see how well you are able to reach the keys. Move it, wriggle it until you feel totally comfortable.
Get the tension out of the shoulders – there needs to be fluid cooperation between the shoulders and the hands. Keep the shoulders as relaxed as possible. Tall order, but with practice, you can be able to do it. The hands will get their power from the shoulders.
The wrists – this can be hard to muster and it requires time to get together. However, you have to get it right if you are to enjoy playing the piano. Your elbows need to be slightly bent forward, and then your hands need to be hovering over the keys comfortably in spider form. That way, you will get the best tone projection when you start playing.
The head – Hold your head high. You are a piano player, you are proud of what you do and you love it. No need for you to stoop, is there? When you are reading music, use your eyes. Keep the head facing forwards, and hold the neck in a firm position. Bear in mind that when you are reading music, your neck should not move. It is your eyes doing the reading.
So what is all the fuss about playing the piano in the right posture? As we said in the beginning, a bad posture can cause you serious injury, to your fingers and your back. This does not mean fingers dripping blood, but it means serious issues like carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs when pressure is exerted on the wrong part of the fingers. The carpal tunnel then swells and puts pressure on the nerves. If not rectified, you could actually lose your piano playing ability. Shoulder aches, neck pain and wrist pain will affect you. Just practice hard until you get the posture right.