This post talks about piano posture, what to consider when buying a piano bench & where the Indian student can find piano benches to suit different budgets. Plus an easy low-budget solution for a low piano bench.
Practising on a basic keyboard during the early years of piano class
Many Indian students buy basic 5-octave keyboards when they begin piano class, planning to save up and buy digital or acoustic pianos later. It’s not the best option, but this makes piano class possible for many families.
The Indian family sees a piano exam as a measure of success. Sadly, doing well in an exam or otherwise, is very unlikely with poor posture and badly shaped hands. These students find it physically more difficult to play and they bang on the piano keys so hard, sometimes risking injury.
How to sit at the piano
Every beginner piano book has a diagram explaining good piano posture.
- The correct height to sit at.
- Sitting straight, forearm roughly parallel to the floor, with a nicely curved hand.
- Sitting the right distance from the piano.
- Using using only a part of the piano bench, leaving the back part of the bench free, so the thighs are not supported.
Your piano teacher will explain why this is important.
Buying a suitable piano bench
Learning good playing technique starts at beginner level, with using a suitable piano bench.
- Sitting too low is often the root cause of a lot of hand and arm tension in beginner level students. They tend to bang on the piano and this can injure their hands.
- Sitting at the wrong height – too high or too low can cause back, arm, wrist or hand pain.
Here’s what you need to look for when buying a piano bench :
- Adjustable height
- A firm cushion which is broad and wide enough.
- A steady base that will not rock when the pianist reaches for keys at the ends of the piano keyboard.
If you’re buying a new piano bench, the most reasonably priced options seems to be the Gewa 130010 Deluxe Piano Bench. It’s available at a more budget friendly price, though it will still cost more than a basic 5-octave keyboard. It’s adjustable and I like that it has a minimum height of 52cms (20.5 inches) – low enough to suit all ages, and no storage as this makes it lighter to move around.
The Nomad adjustable keyboard bench is a lower budget temporary option. The seat is too narrow to suit as the student grows up, but it’s very affordable for keyboard students with lower budgets.
In case you’re looking for something different, there’s a wide range of piano benches available at amazon.in.
If you need a keyboard stand for your basic non-weighted keyboard, look at an X-type keyboard stand.
Here’s an easy solution to a slightly low piano bench
I do this in class, with very young students, rather than have to keep adjusting the height of the bench for them. Thick rubber based synthetic floor mats, or yoga mats work well.
We have a keyboard at home – why should we buy a piano? is a post that explains the difference between basic keyboards and digital & acoustic pianos, without getting too technical.
I hope this post has helped you, if you’re enrolling in piano lessons for the first time. Set up right at home, practise daily and pay attention when your teacher guides you and you’ll find that learning the piano gives you great joy.
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