Sitting at the piano

Learning or re-learning (as the case may be), the basics never hurts. What can actually hurt is not having the correct posture when playing the piano. This is an extract from the Rocket Piano Beginners eBook:

Learning the Basics

I’m going to assume from the start that you have a piano to practice on. If you don’t have one, get one now! You can’t learn the piano without an instrument to practice on. Fortunately, even an inexpensive electronic keyboard will do for most of the exercises in this book.

Sitting at the piano:

When you are seated at the piano, you need to have the correct posture. Without the
proper posture, you can experience back pain and stress in your joints.

1. The first rule of correct posture is to keep your back straight. Your torso may bend towards the piano.

2. Keep your head up. DON’T crane your neck to look at the sheet music. The sheet music should be positioned for easy visibility.

3. Your shoulders and arms should be loose and relaxed. If you need to do some stretches beforehand, feel free!

4. Your arms should be parallel with the height of the keys and bend at the elbow in an angle of slightly greater than 90 degrees.

5. Your thighs should be parallel with the floor. To ensure this, you should use an adjustable chair.

6. Your right foot should be set forward towards the pedals, while your left foot should rest midway between the pedals and your chair.

7. Keep enough distance between your chair and the piano that you can reach the pedals and keys comfortably, yet have freedom of movement. If your chair is too close, your body will get in
the way of your elbows. If your chair is too far away, you will have to bend forward to reach the keys.

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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.