Before starting to play a single note, piano students should be very aware of the importance of a correct posture. Poor posture can range from short-term muscle aches to more long-term severe muscle and joint problems.
It is paramount that every piano teacher is aware of addressing this issue from the very beginning of the training, and keeping a close eye on the proper posture is also the teacher’s responsibility to optimize their learning.
We should start with the piano stool. It is ideal to have an adjustable one, so the arm reaches a 90-degree angle with the keyboard.
The feet should be slightly apart, but firmly on the ground; This is especially important in the case of women, as it is widespread to cross their legs when playing. This sitting position does not help with the alignment of the back, and it can cause long-term problems if it is not corrected in time.
When we reach the topic of the hand position, we should be extra careful and thorough: we should relax the wrists at all times and aligned with the forearm and knuckles, maintaining an imaginary straight line along with them.
Finally, as Iris say “We must be aware that we will not rigidly play the piano. When, for example, we have low notes, we will incline our body towards the low part. Therefore we must be relaxed and well supported. When we pedal, sometimes it is advisable to move away from the keyboard a little, and support the weight well on the left leg. In this way, playing the pedal will be more comfortable.”
Many aspects of a correct playing position will also enhance and assist our sitting position when we work or study. Having in mind all these aspects will result in an overall better experience with our daily practice.
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