Learning how to play a keyboard is an exciting period in an individual’s life. No matter, if you are a child or an adult, going to Keyboard music classes can bring interest and enthusiasm in your daily routine. If your aim is to be a musician in the future, learning the keyboard can be a great foundation to learning other musical instruments in the future. However, you don’t always need this excuse to attend keyboard classes. People who learn keyboard just for their passion and leisure time abound in this world.
In this blog, today, we will talk about how to position yourself, how to position your hands and arms, and how to get the correct body position while practicing keyboard at home.
How to Position Yourself While Playing Keyboard:
First of all, you need a keyboard bench rather than chair. The use of bench helps in maintaining proper posture and alleviating aches or stress on your muscles. For a child, parents can place cushions on the bench or buy an adjustable bench to reach the keyboard comfortably. While playing a keyboard, one should not slouch. If possible, you can work with the instructor to find out the proper height and position.
Once you have a bench, sit on the front half so that you can move your hands freely and have the correct distance from the keyboard. Remember that you should place your feet flat on the floor and your knees should be under the keyboard slightly. You may feel uncomfortable while adjusting to this position but stick to it while practicing to maintain correct posture.
The best practice to follow is to sit near the middle C which is easy to find on a keyboard. It’s a musical alphabet that you will learn during keyboard music classes.
How to Position Your Hands and Arms While Playing Keyboard:
For hand position, let your arms hang to your side to form a C shape and maintain this cupped shape. Feel relaxed and place your hands on the keyboard in front of you while keeping your wrists and forearms straight.
If you are playing notes that are not in front of you, you should lean your body in the direction of your hands a bit to avoid twisting the wrist.
The right position of hands is vital to ensure that you don’t run the risk of repetitive stress injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, or other movement injury.
Don’t overplay or over practice, especially in your starting days. Check often to make sure that your forearms and wrists are straight during practice.
How to Get the Correct Body Position While Playing Keyboard:
Sit tall, lift your shoulders up to your ears and then let them fall for comfortable posture. Feeling relaxed while playing is important to enjoy the music but slouching in the name of relaxation is never allowed. Besides, you should also avoid being too stiff, otherwise your muscles will be strained when playing.
Although it is in the tendency of people to get tensed up especially while playing a difficult passage of music, instrumentalists rarely play at their best when they sit rigid and taut. So, learn to relax while playing.
The elbows should be at the same or a bit higher height as the keys and sitting position should be at the middle of the keyboard or around notes E or F and the above middle C. If you are not sure, where these notes are, don’t worry. Your instructor will teach you.
Pain caused by bad posture and position should not stop you from attending and continuing Keyboard music classes and pursuing your passion. So, follow the above tips and listen to what your instructor is advising you to attain the best position.