Perfect Hand Positions

If you read my post on Perfect Piano Posture, you will now know how to find the best playing position at the piano, or at least you’ll know what to be aware of when you’re sitting at the instrument. Today I will take a look at what constitutes the perfect hand position. This is just as important as posture and…

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 such an important element in piano playing alongside posture, so it’s a good idea to bear this in mind from the very beginning. My publications: For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take…

5 Tips For Your Left Hand

My most recent post for Pianist Magazine’s newsletter focuses on the left hand. I hope you find it of interest. The left hand can pose problems for many a pianist. If you examine some beginner method books, you might notice that a significant number focus on the right hand and right-hand music for pages –…

Compositions

Melanie Spanswick enjoys writing music, often composing for friends and colleagues, as well as penning educational music for students. Her music has recently been performed at the Shiga Bank Piano Festival, and at a ‘livestream’ concert held at the Watsmuki Hall, both in Kyoto, and it was also featured in the Chamber Music Series at…

5 Top Tips for Hand Coordination

My latest article for Pianist Magazine’s newsletter focuses on coordination between the hands. A perennially tricky but important subject, there many ways to improve this facet. I hope my suggestions are useful. Coordination between the hands can be a sticking point for many pianists. How do we play rapid passagework in both hands, ensuring each…

Hand Flexibility: Piano Professional Article

I’ve written about hand flexibility before here on my blog, but it’s an important topic for piano students and teachers, so I thought I’d publish a more in-depth post on this subject. The following article was first published in the most recent edition of Piano Professional, which is the UK piano teachers magazine published by…

5 Top Tips for Hand Flexibility

I’ve written before about hand flexibility. A flexible hand can be the key to playing octaves or any intervals or chords requiring that ‘outstretched’ position. As with all piano topics discussed here, hand flexibility is open to personal interpretation, and there are many ways to achieve a relaxed hand. For those with a larger hand,…

Hand Flexibility

Hands. They are fairly crucial for pianists. Many will immediately refer to the fingers as being the most significant ‘tools’ in a pianist’s tool box. And there’s no doubt, without fingers, playing is rather tricky. But, over the past few months, I’ve been working with a group of students and we have routinely discussed hands;…

Celebrating the Left Hand

Many students have ongoing problems regarding their left hand. These difficulties may include inability to read the bass clef properly, weaker fingers or just lack of co-ordination and movement. A languid left hand can be caused by so many culprits, so today I thought it may be a good idea to examine the reasons why the…