Posture at the piano: piano playing tips from Melanie Spanswick

Today’s vlog (vlog 9) focuses on Posture. It’s really important to learn to sit correctly at the piano from the beginning so hopefully my tips here will be helpful when you begin your lessons.

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For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my piano course, Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, the course features a large collection of progressive, graded piano repertoire from approximately Grade 1 to advanced diploma level, with copious practice tips for every piece. A convenient and beneficial course for students of any age, with or without a teacher, and it can also be used alongside piano examination syllabuses too.

You can find out more about my other piano publications and compositions here.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. A.Layman says:

    Before I threw in the proverbial towel, posture was a big issue. Being over six feet tall weighing 20 stones, my belly would always drag me down, preventing me from sitting up straight whilst at the piano and contributing to a general ‘sluggish’ feeling. We’re not all nice and slim amd trim like you Mel even though some wish they were!

    1. Lol – I’m sure there are ways of sitting effectively at the piano whatever size you are!! 🙂

  2. A.Layman says:

    hmmmm, at the risk of sounding sizeist, I have never ever seen an overweight, obese, or heavily built piano player ever!

    1. Ummm….Brigitte Engerer, Fats Waller, Les Dawson, Oscar Peterson, ….just a few off the top of my head…there must be loads though!

  3. Sokolov is quite tubby around the middle but he’s as light as a feather when his fingers fly over the keys!

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