From the very beginning of piano learning, there are some basics that need to be mastered by the piano student. Among them, learning the proper piano hand position is essential. The correct hand position should be established as early as possible because once a bad habit is formed, it is hard to be corrected.
Proper piano hand position allows a piano player to play in a relaxed manner without causing any hand injury. Besides, it can also enable the pianist to play with better speed, agility, accuracy and tone quality.
What is the Proper Piano Hand Position ?
As shown in the image above, a piano player’s hands should be in a relaxed state with the fingers slightly and naturally curved. While playing the piano, all fingers should be at a ‘standing’ position and should not be flat or collapsed. The wrist should not be too high or too low. It should be parallel with your hands. Arms should be bent naturally while your feet should be able to press the pedal down without stretching. The height and distance of the piano bench can be adjusted to achieve this position.
Fun Ways to Learn the Proper Piano Hand Position
First and foremost, if you feel tensed in your hands, arms or wrist, stand up and relax your hands at your sides. You can also shake your hands to release the tense and stress. After your hands are relaxed, keep them at the same position and place them slowly on the piano. For young beginners, it may take some time to adapt to the correct piano hand position but there are some fun ways to help them.
1. Catching a Bubble with Your Hand
Young children love to play with bubbles. Let’s pretend that there are bubbles in the air and ask the child to catch it with the hand. After catching the bubble, keep the hand at the same position and put it on the piano keyboard slowly. Open the fingers slightly and pretend that the bubble is still under the hand.
2. Holding a Ball or Something Round
Put a small ball or something round at the palm and let the kid hold it with the fingers curved naturally. Slowly turn over the hand and put it on the piano. Remove the ball while keeping the same hand position and pretending that the ball is still there.
3. Place Your Hand Over Your Knee Cap
Make a hand cup by placing your hand over your knee cap. After that, raise the hand slowly and put it on the piano while keeping the same hand position.
4. Make a Goose with Your Hand
Another fun way that kids may like is to make a little goose head with their little hand by curving the fingers and making a ‘C’ shape with the thumb. Place the little goose head on the piano and slowly open up the fingers to form a curved hand shape.
Do you agree that learning the correct hand shapes and hand positions from the very beginning of piano lesson are important? Let us know what you think! If you have other fun ideas to help piano beginners to learn the proper piano hand position, please share it with us by leaving a comment below!