1. Start Right: The Proper Piano Technique

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The Proper Piano Technique

Having the proper piano technique is essential. Bad piano technique can slow you down and cause pains. It’s best to start right; bad habits die hard.

Hand Position

To make our transitions from note to note as smooth as possible, and to help us move our fingers faster, we keep our hands in a curved position.

An easy way to find this curved position is if we put one hand into a fist, cover with the other hand, remove the fist without changing the shape of the other hand, and moving the curved hand onto the piano. The same can be done with the other hand.

Another way that some people do this is to pretend that you are holding a table-tennis ball.

When any of your fingers are on the piano, make sure your hand is in this curved position, and your wrist is above the imaginary line formed by the surface of the white keys. Never rest any fingers on the ledge before the keyboard.

Keep this hand position whenever you play piano. It tends to be the first thing piano students forget when the music gets more difficult!

Sitting Posture


Keep your wrists above the white keys, sit with your feet on the floor, shoulders down, back straight and in an overall relaxed position.

Make sure you get the correct position to avoid back pains after each practice session. Adjust the stool height so that you will naturally be in the correct position.


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