FINGERING

Comfortable fingering will allow music to be played under the hand without awkward movement. It best to be playing with notes falling under a hand position which will enable notes on the music to be played with different fingers. Your hand position will move as notes venture beyond your five fingers. Fingering will be displayed for you on all pieces to better assist you.

Each finger has a number which will be used to guide you in the music adjusting your hand to a comfortable hand position. Thumb is #1 and pinky is #5. Watch the thumb fingering because it will set up a new hand position. So remember, accurate fingering will allow you to feel more comfortable and the give you the ability to apply yourself with more speed and accuracy.

 

SITTING AT THE PIANO

Proper posture and hand positioning at the piano are very important. A poor sitting stance or hand position will make it hard to correct and may ultimately cause a variety of side effects. Side effects ranging from sore joints and tendons to the inability to move quickly and efficiently on the piano.

First sit with your back straight and feet on the floor. It is best to sit on a flat surface designed for a piano. Most chairs have a slight angle back, which over time can put strain on your back by forcing you to reach to play.

 

HAND POSITIONING

Work on pressing notes moving your forearm forward to avoid isolated muscles working. These tips may seem very trivial however it will help to be very aware of this before problems do begin as a result of poor posture or incorrect hand movement.

Keep the tops of your hands parallel with the keyboard with a slight bend in the fingers pressing the piano keys with finger tips not flat fingers. By starting at a young age, these healthy tips can only help avoid any discomfort. So before you play your first note, refer to these tips.