Having good form makes Playing is easier!
So let's get your bench, arms, hands and feet in the best spot to play comfortably, just remember that Everyone is unique!
Smaller students may not be able to reach the pedals, or may have to use smaller benches, or move a bit closer to the piano when playing.
Try to sit up straight, with your hands outstretched!
When sitting, you should be able to touch the board behind the pianos keys.
This is called 'Fist Bumping the Fallboard'!
Every person is a different shape, so you may not be able to sit exactly like Bonnie, that is OK! Do the best you can that is comfortable to play!
Fingertips on the Keys
Slightly bent fingers, tapping the tip of your finger on a key to play.
As you continue to grow as a musician, having good form when playing becomes more important. The general guidelines for hand and finger placement take years to fully master. The overall theme of good finger form is shown in the first 2 photos below.
Good Finger Form
Try to get a gentle bend through your whole finger, as if it is a smooth curve from your arm to the piano keys.
Good Finger Placement
Try to place your finger in the "middle" of the key if you can.
If your hands are too small, try your best!
Finger Too Bent
Using too much force while playing can take the variety and emotion out of the music! Imagine Stomping every single step... that would get Very Tiring!
A sharp bend in your finger can lead to your fingers getting tired quickly, or uncomfortable joint pain.
Bonnie talks about what is needed to pass from Level 1 to Level 2 in Sensapitch.
When you are able to sing and play through a song
3 times on each finger,
then you are ready to try level 2.