Piano Bench

How many hours do you spend playing the piano everyday?

Have you ever thought that having a comfortable seat could make a big difference not only to your playing but also in avoiding back and spine problems later in the track?

I am telling you this because I did have some issues a couple of years ago, not big issues but I did start feeling some back pain and was also getting tired after playing for less than 30 minutes, which wasn’t at all good, especially when I was gigging 3 nights per week or more. I told a really good friend of mine, who also is a very active drummer, about the pain I was experiencing, and he simply asked me what drum stool I was using? Bingo!!! I bought a brand new, professional drum seat a few days later and since then, no more pain, no more problems and way more playing! Even my playing improved, believe it or not.

Now, most pianos and keyboards come with a bench these days, some of them are really good some of them are not. So the question here is; is your piano bench comfortable for you? it doesn’t has to be comfortable enough, IT HAS TO BE COMFORTABLE.

While searching on the web for a piano bench I found plenty of options, to suit everyone’s needs and budgets, starting from as little as $25.00 right up to almost $1000.

This was probably my favorite. A classic, sturdy look with adjustable height found on MusiciansFriend.com

But there is also this one which looks more portable.

If you are into more classic looking check out the Jansen benches, they are quite well known for their quality.

Note: Cheap seats can be good for a few months depending how often you spend sitting on it. However, if you’re serious about your playing and you’re going to be spending a lot of time sitting at your playing it really is worth getting a comfortable, more expensive bench to start with. You will thank me later! Just see it as a health investment.

4 thoughts on “Piano Bench

  1. I had trouble with the bench that came with our piano, it was okay for bonking around occasionally, but once I really started practicing, it was way too tall for me. I remembered an old backless swivel chair that I used to sit on to do schoolwork and tried that one. It’s nicely adjustable and very comfortable and it takes up less space. I used my old bench as a stand for my old keyboard, now it’s on my son’s level and he likes to play with it.

  2. There is a company called Pork Pie (also available through Musicians Friend and all the usual suspects) which makes seats primarily for drummers (my son is one), but they are very comfortable and solidly built. We’ve had ours for years.

    • Hi John, thanks for your comment. Yes, PorkPie has some super solid and comfy seats, I have tried a couple of them (they have lovely sounding snare drums too!).
      I am a drummer but I didnt think about adding drum seats manufacturers to this blog post, although, it is a great idea! Thanks again! I hope you are enjoying our Blog!

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