Proper Piano Posture
Proper piano posture is one of the foundations of becoming a skilled pianist. But it’s a little more complicated than just sitting with your back straight. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a true master, it’s one of those things a pianist always needs to be practicing. That’s why we’ve made this quick guide to the basics of proper piano posture!
Feet Flat on the Floor
When it comes to having proper piano posture, the first thing you need to do is establish a solid base. So it’s essential for a pianist to sit with their feet flat. This will make it easier to comfortably maintain good, stable posture with the rest of the body. It’s not complicated, but it’s really important! For younger pianists, you can place a foot stool on the floor for them.
“Let’s have you relax your shoulders!”
All pianists have heard this from their teachers before. And that’s because it can actually take a lot of practice for a pianist to naturally keep their shoulders relaxed while they’re playing. The reason for this is that having relaxed shoulders requires good posture throughout the body. A pianist should have their feet flat, hips back (we call this creasing), with the pelvis well under the spine. When they have a solid base for their lower back to relax, their upper back and shoulders can relax as well. Which leads to…
Once the shoulders are relaxed, the arms and fingers are able to relax as well. From here, the pianist needs to make sure that their arms are properly aligned. It’s a common misconception that the hands and fingers do all the work when it comes to playing the piano. But the truth is, the whole arm comes into play! Younger students will become familiar with arm alignment techniques like “froggy push” and “froggy hops”, and hand techniques like “hovering helicopter hands” – concepts which help them develop a warm tone while playing and also prevent injury. Older students at Myriad are instructed in these same key concepts and techniques for arm alignment, even if it isn’t using the same terms, and they should be practicing them at home.
Proper Piano Posture Can Be Complicated
When it comes to proper piano posture, everything is connected. It definitely takes practice and good instruction to get it right! That’s why at Myriad, we work continually with our students on this complex concept, without overwhelming them, so that eventually it just comes naturally when they sit down to play. Whether you or your child is learning from us online or in person, our teachers help make sure all our students have a solid foundation (literally and figuratively!) to build their piano skills on.