Thursday, March 29, 2007

Hand position Web Pages

One of the most important basics a piano teacher can impart to a student is proper hand position. I've always thought that it would be really great if I could send a collection of good and bad picture examples to my students for their use at home. Well, now we are all in luck -- I've found a couple web pages with some good pictorial content of hand positions.

This is crucially important for every student, but beginners especially need to pay close attention to hand position for the development of good habits. Good hand postion not only fosters ease and comfort at the keyboard but also keeps your hands and muscles healthy and free of unnecessary injury. In other words, BAD hand position = difficulty and strain at the keyboard. GOOD hand position = making your music easier to play. It takes careful work to get there, but less strain and difficulty is much more fun.

Take a look at these two pages with good picture content of proper hand position:

Piano hand positions at (this one also has a movie on hand position.)

Piano sitting and hand positions at

I'll put this post into a new category called "Piano Technique".