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LESSON ELEVEN: STARTER STUDIES

Hand Placement

 

Student NotesLots of work in this lesson? Yes there is. This is the next to the last page. We need to talk about technique. Remember our discussion on assigning each finger a number? This was a way to help you so that your fingers don't trip over each other. There is another part to this problem. It is called "Hand Placement." Your hands need to be in the correct position in order to work with the finger numbering system.

Look at the two figures above. Figure 1 shows the correct placement for your hand. Figure 2 shows the incorrect placement of your hand. The top of your hand should be parallel with the keys on the piano. The yellow line shown in each figure is parallel with the keys. Place your hand on your keyboard as shown in Figure 1. Notice that your forearm is now also parallel with the keys on your keyboard. When you are ready to strike (play) a note on your keyboard, keep in mind that your wrist is the hinge point. Your elbow is not a hinge point. And, your knuckles are not hinge points. The only movement used to strike a note is at the wrist and of course, your finger joints. The action is similar to scratching the top of your leg. Try it.

Here are some other tips for body technique in relationship to playing the piano.

* Your fingers should remain slightly curled under your hand.

* You should sit up straight similar to sitting and typing a letter.

* You arms should be generally relaxed at the elbows.

* Your right foot should be placed ahead of your left foot (your heel helps support your back).

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