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February 07, 2013
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Here are a few very basic technics that are too often ignored by piano players and students.

Proper Hand Position

Proper hand position is essential to piano players, young and old. There are very specific reasons for this as you will see below.

Strong, agile fingers will make piano playing a very rewarding experience. Playing piano as an adult is a good way to relieve stress – listening to music is a good stress reliever, so playing it works even better.

Many adults think that it’s impossible to learn to play the piano, but this isn't true. There are a few simple things to keep in mind when deciding to learn.

Incorporating proper hand position technics in your practice and playing will result in strong, agile fingers. Go here for a short video on:

Proper Hand Posture

Here are four

Good Reasons for Playing with Curved Fingers

VERY IMPORTANT! Keep fingernails reasonably SHORT. It is impossible to curve the fingers properly with long fingernails.

Natural Breathing

Some people actually hold their breath when they're playing the piano, particularly if they're having a problem or difficulty with the music. This will inhibit circulation to the hands as well as the brain... and this will affect coordination and finger agility.

Breath naturally. When you inhale the abdomen naturally moves OUTWARD a bit. When you exhale, it comes back in. When you inhale, do not draw your stomach muscles IN and DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH.

It's important to breath easily and naturally as you play.

Develop Proper Hand Position and increase your agility!

If you have played the piano for a few months, or even years, been totally frustrated because you still don't know the notes and think, "what the heck hand position am I in?", then try a different approach - take a look at this series:

Faber Piano Adventures

So, that's it for now. Stay tuned for the next Player's Guide Newsletter!

This will follow around the beginning of March!

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