The Editors, Rocket Piano Blog
When learning how to play the piano, a review of the basics never hurts. What can actually hurt is not having the correct posture when playing the piano.
If you are reading this, it’s a fair assumption 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 with witch to practice. Fortunately, even an inexpensive electronic keyboard will do for the purpoeses of the brief article.
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 piano 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.
Here is a useful video on piano posture from Piano Career Academy: