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.
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.
are some other tips for body technique
in relationship to playing the piano.
fingers should remain slightly curled under
should sit up straight similar to sitting
and typing a letter.
arms should be generally relaxed at the
right foot should be placed ahead of your
left foot (your
heel helps support your back).