Posture at the piano: piano playing tips from Melanie Spanswick

Today’s vlog, which is number 9 in my series, focuses on posture. It’s really important to learn to sit correctly at the piano from the beginning, and hopefully these tips will be beneficial when you begin your lessons.


Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.

For more information, please visit the publications page, 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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