If practicing the keyboard is to become a regular part of your day, it is important to look after your body by being aware of your posture. This will not only enhance your physical experience, it will also optomise your playing, as the power needed to play the keyboard engages the majority of your upper body, coming not only from your fingers but also from your back, shoulders and through the weight of your whole arm.
Where do you put the bench/stool?
When sitting on the front half of the bench, it should be at a distance from the instrument so that your knees are just slightly tucked under the keyboard. The bench height should be adjusted so that your forearm is level with the keys (parallel to the floor) or so that there is a slight incline down from your elbow to your wrist.
Your posture at the keyboard
Starting from the top of your head and working our way down, your neck should be long and your back straight. Your shoulders should be relaxed and your elbows should be at a comfortable distance from your body. Your hands should be dome-shaped (like you are holding an invisible ball in the palm of your hand) and your wrists should be loose and relaxed.
Your feet should be flat on the floor. If your instrument has pedals it is quite comfortable to keep your feet just either side of the pedals. If you are having trouble reaching the floor, place a small stool (phone books work well too) to use as a footstool to increase your stability at the keyboard.
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Happy playing, from Joanne.