Hand Positions: piano playing tips from Melanie Spanswick

Hand positions is the subject discussed today in my 10th vlog, which forms part of the Piano Education Project. It’s a crucial element in piano playing alongside posture, so it’s a good idea to bear this in mind from the very beginning.


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.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. A.Layman says:

    Could have done with the camera positioned above your hands for this one in particular, Mel.

    1. Yes you are probably right! Difficult to do alone though. Also I don’t want to get into the same rut as many of those teachers online – most of them have a camera perpetually above their heads so all you can see is their hands. I’m not giving lessons just a few tips so I want to speak to the camera directly.

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