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New Year, Playing the Piano Again

Man Playing The Piano

Happy New Year to all of you from and the AMH team, we hope this year brings you prosperity and goodwill. They say that a new year is like a book, twelve chapters, 365 pages, so let us write a good one.

Whether you were fortunate enough to receive a piano for Christmas or you are looking to dust off your piano in the corner and try it out, this post will guide you through the very first steps you should know.

So sit back, make yourself a cuppa and read through the basics of starting your piano journey.

Posture Whilst Playing the Piano

Looking After Your Back With Good Posture

When playing the piano, it is essential to learn the correct posture by setting up your bench, that suits your build and height. Ensuring you have a good posture means you have set up your arms to be positioned in a relaxed but straightway.

Whilst sitting on your piano bench, edge close to the front of the bench with your feet flat and firmly on the floor. Next look at your arms, they should feel relaxed whilst reaching the keys and elbows should be slightly in front of you.

It would be best if you always remembered to sit tall and loosen your arms and shoulders. Your position should never feel forced or painful; it should feel natural at all times.

Numbers of Your Playing Fingers

Cartoon Numbers 1 To 5

It is relatively simple to remember the finger numbers, and once you start to practise, it should become second nature, here they are below:

  • Finger number one – Thumb
  • Finger number two – Index finger
  • Finger number three – Middle finger
  • Finger number four – Ring finger
  • Finger number five – Little finger

Hand Positions for Playing

Hand Pressing On The Amh Logo

Usually, when you first start to play the piano, your little finger and thumb will naturally remain flat as this feels like the usual way to have your hands. However, if you get into the habit of extending your little finger and thumb, so they keep tall, your technique will be vital as you progress. Your fingers should be firm and confident at all times, whilst your arms and shoulders should be relaxed and loose.

As you become more comfortable playing the piano, your hand positions will change as you produce different sounds.

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