Often times, I see keyboardist and organists neglect some simple but very vital steps needed to be taken before playing. These instrumentalists often just rush into playing without recourse for stuffs like postures and positioning of finger etc. They are more concerned about their playing abilities on the keyboard. Believe it or not, the posture and positioning of your finger has an effect on the overall playing skills of the keyboardist.
Today, I want to share what I have captioned the nine-point checklist for keyboardists. These are some of the preliminary tasks you must carry out before you start striking keys on the piano or organ. Am hoping it will be of good help to you.
Let me equally plead with you, especially those who perhaps already know these but don’t comply. It isn’t good enough reading this, please do the needful thereafter.
So here are the nine-point checklist;
- As you sit at the piano and rest your fingers on the keyboard, move the bench backward far enough so your elbows are slightly bent.
- Always ensure you sit in the center of the bench and directly in front of the center of the keyboard.
- Sit toward the front edge of the bench with your back straight and your weight forward.
- Rest your feet on the floor.
- Sit comfortably, maintaining good posture.
- Make sure there is good light for you to see the music and the keyboard.
- Stand. Drop your hands to your sides and relax them. Notice their natural curve, as if they were holding a ball. As you sit again, place your fingers on the keyboard, keeping the same natural curve.
- Position your hands above the keyboard, letting your fingers touch near the center of the large area on the white keys. Hold your palms above the keyboard, but don’t rest them on the keys or on the wood below the keys.
- Strike the key with the pad of your finger just below the fingertip. Keep each finger curved, lifting it from the knuckle on the back of your hand. As you strike the key, keep your finger joints bent.
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The Piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument invented in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700. The word piano is a shortened form of pianoforte.
The piano is the most common keyboard instrument. The keyboard layout is often referred to as the piano keyboard.