[anti-rclick]April 3, 2011

Starting from April, I will give a pointer every month for you to pay attention to and work on.


The first and foremost: sitting posture.


Now, many of you might think, “what does playing the piano have to do anything with how we sit?”


How we sit affects how we play.


If we do not have the right sitting posture, we cannot play well.


Remember from now on, we do not play with only our fingers.


Instead, remember, we play with our whole body.


Sit properly with your bottom situated firmly on the piano bench, with your body weight spread evenly among the two sides of your bottom.


Plant your feet firmly into the ground. Spread them a bit more hip width apart. You should be able to find a V-shape formed from your hip creases out to your knees.


Your feet should be so firmly planted into the ground that you can stand up from your sitting position on the bench without the help of your hands (holding on the bench or the piano).


Start straightening from your lower back all the way up.


Think and move your back as one solid plank, so that you cannot crunch or curl your back to the front or to the sides.


When you have straighten your back more, you can feel your body weight is distributed more evenly to your upper body instead of all down in your lower body.


Sit up straight, my students!
Your thighs should be more parallel to the the ground- Julian is not tall enough yet so his thighs are more slant now.



Now go back to your bottom again. Make sure you are not slanting backward. Check if your back is leaning to the back and your weight going to the back as well. Your body weight should be at least situated in the middle if not to the front.


Tilt your pelvic bones to the back, so that you can feel your body weight moving to the front and to the feet. If you are leaning backward, then your pelvic bones are being pushed to the front. Move them back, so that your upper body is folding to the front. You can now feel your body weight is grounded heavily to your feet.


For the kid students whose feet cannot touch the ground and therefore cannot be secured to the ground yet, place a little stool or steady box to let the feet step on it.


Use a stool under the feet to maintain a steady sitting posture
Lok-yin’s arms are way too slant here (I believe he was not playing at that time). Try to maintain your forearms more or less parallel to the floor.




If the stool is too high, use a box or something sturdy to step on




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