is important to keep proper hand positioning when playing the piano so
here are some tips on how to maintain this crucial technique.
When you first put your hands on the piano, it is likely that your
hands are tilting towards your pinky fingers. There is a downward
slope going from the inside of your wrist to the outside of your
wrist. This position is incorrect. To get to the correct
position, turn your wrists so that they are flat platforms.
Imagine that a drop of water is placed on the back of your
wrists. The goal is to keep that drop of water from falling
off. This hand position is what allows you to move your fingers
quickly and easily over the piano.
Once your hands are correct, take a look at your fingers. Are
they straight out or are they curved? You want a soft, natural
curve in your fingers at all times. Even if a finger is not
playing a note, you want to keep all fingers in this curved
position. When you do play a note, press the piano key with your
finger tip, don't straighten out your finger and play with the pad of
your finger. Keep the soft curve through the entire stroke so
your fingertips are pressing the keys.
When both the hand position and the finger positions are correct, you
will be able to play smoother sounding scales and songs, move your
hands faster up and down the piano, and prevent any pain or injury to
your hands or fingers while playing. This technique will take
some getting used to at first and may even make your hands and fingers
a little sore, but keep at it and practice this position everyday and
before you know it, it will come naturally and comfortably.