How to Play the Piano with Correct Posture

Piano Playing Lesson: Perfect Posture

At our Bay Area piano store, we often see people play with less than ideal posture. Proper ergonomics is critical, especially if you’re planning to play several hours a day and/or if you’re building a musical career. Poor posture, for instance, can contribute to problems like repetitive stress injury and thoracic outlet syndrome. For greater comfort, it is important to practice sitting right.Good posture begins in the mind. You need to be relaxed (but focused) to protect your body. Don’t be afraid to smile and breathe easily and regularly.

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Use the front half of the bench. Make sure that you’re not too close or too far from the instrument – and that your elbows and keyboard are aligned.

Rather than force yourself into an uncomfortable “proper” posture, picture your body in a dignified fashion. What would it look like if you were royalty, sitting on a throne in your castle? Let that image guide how your body should look and feel.

Use the shoulders, not your hands, to deliver the strength. Playing the piano should be a full body experience. It should involve all elements of your physicality, including your legs, your back, your feet, your abs, et cetera.

Support your body by engaging in good hygiene and nutrition. Get enough sleep. Consider meditating for 15 to 20 minutes a day. Avoid eating a lot of sugar and processed foods. Make sure you’re eating enough healthy fats, protein, and vegetables. Pay attention to your body. If you feel strained or stressed while practicing the piano, take a break. Becoming a master musician is a marathon, not a sprint.

Find the right piano at a Bay Area Yamaha Piano Store

For more help shopping for excellent Yamaha pianos and other fine instruments, please turn to the team here at Pianos Plus. For over 40-years, we’ve been serving musicians like you throughout the Bay Area. Give us a call at 510-581-1660.