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.

For adults, piano lessons can be 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.

Good Reasons for Playing with Curved Fingers


When the fingers are straight, each finger has a different length.

When the fingers are curved, each finger has, in effect, the same length.


If your fingers are straight, the thumb cannot be properly used.

Curved fingers bring the thumb into the correct playing position.


Straight fingers will bend at the first joint, opposite to the motion of the key, delaying the response. 

With curved fingers, keys respond instantly.  You are in CONTROL when you CURVE!


Moving over the keys will require turning the thumb under the fingers and crossing fingers over the thumb.  Curved finfers provide an "ARCH" that makes this motion possible.

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!

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