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Piano Advice: Proper Playing Technique

Updated on November 3, 2011

Three tips on Piano playing technique

Proper piano playing is very subjective. There is no absolute "correct" way of playing. But, what is considered proper is not without reason. Proper piano playing helps pianists maximize their ability to play difficult songs that require proper fingering techniques.

1. Curved fingers

Yes, curved fingers will help your fingers hit the keys accurately as opposed to flat fingers because curved fingers will result in hitting keys with fingertips, minimizing the area of contact with each key and thus minimizing error of mashing the wrong keys.

Of course there is nothing wrong with playing with flat fingers, like me. I often play with flat fingers because I'm more comfortable that way rather than curving my fingers up all the time. It's a combination of personal preference and the accuracy you're trying to achieve.

2. Proper Posture

Sitting too close or too far from the keys, or even too high or low, can jeopardize your piano playing. On average, sitting to where your knees are just under the front of the keys is a good measurement of proper sitting position. As your fingers rest on the keys, there shouldn't be much tension in your shoulders or wrists.

3. Minimize Wrist movement

As you start to play, try not to move your wrist up and down too much. Keep your wrist steady and well above the keys. This is important to playing fast songs because having your wrist up high will minimize the strain on your fingers.

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