Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Piano Hand and Body Postures

One of the most interesting topics that I normally teach to my students, and probably the first lessons that they should learn  about, is the hand and body posture. I have two articles here that discusses the ways to stop scooching and the best hand position while playing the piano. I thought these posts would be a great addition here since students should be able to practice correct posture and hand positioning from the very start of their piano playing experience. I hope you find this helpful!

4 Ways To Stop The Piano Student Scooch: Teaching Kids To Reach, Not Slide | Teach Piano Today

I’m guessing you know what I mean by “The Piano Student Scooch”… It’s that moment when your piano student needs to reach up or down an octave (or two) from where they are positioned and instead of reaching, they pause, take a moment to slide along the bench, and then resume playing.

It’s cute when they’re 5 and at their first recital, but as your piano student matures, it’s important for them to gain the confidence they need to remain centered on the piano… without any “scooching”.

I like to make most discussions about technique, posture, hand position etc. into some sort of game. My students retain it better and then I can use fun language to remind them of what needs to be adjusted in the future rather than using boring old nagging-type words. teachpianotoday.com

I have always believed in the importance of following the correct hand position when one is just starting to learn how to place the piano. If you have already been used to practicing the wrong hand position, it can take too much time and effort to correct the mistake. This is why the relevance of using the best hand position should not be overlooked. Anyway, please check out this post:

The Best Hand Position to Start Playing the Piano Piano-Yoga

When people start playing the piano, it is very important to explain to them the way they are supposed to hold their hands. If they do not know about it, the chances are that they would tend to hold them incorrectly, which, in turn, will slow down their progress on the instrument. The challenge that the player immediately faces is continuously and consciously holding the hand in a position which might initially feel very strange and uncomfortable (we were not simply born to play the instrument!). However after 2 – 3 weeks, if one is consistent, holding the hand correctly will become second nature.

When playing the piano, it is good to perceive the hand as an independent object which is supposed to perform various functions. piano-yoga.com

 I hope you find this post helpful. I want you to know that I will be posting more articles here about correct hand posture in the coming days, so please don't hesitate to come back.

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