Hugh walks you through the best playing posture to help you achieve comfort, power and stamina while playing. Improper posture can cause tension and lead to ongoing issues, Hugh will show you what works and you what to avoid.
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- Now when I was a young pianist I had the worst posture.…I actually used to sit at the very edge of the chair…really far back and my back was like this…and I would kind of slouch my shoulders and I depended on…I don't know, just kind of clawing the piano.…Kind of like this, I looked like a turtle.…When I was playing the piano, believe it or not.…I'd look like a turtle, in fact there was a calendar poster…that featured me as one of the months and you saw this huge…curve of my back as I was playing almost doubled in half.…
I had this strange notion that I would sit at the very edge…and have no support and just rely on my feet…to propel me into the piano and rely on my shoulders…to kind of come into the piano.…Well anyway, skip forward several years.…And suddenly I started getting shooting pains…up and down my arms, both arms.…Icy cold, flashes of pain and I had to stop playing…for about a month.…First time in my life and I was almost having…a nervous breakdown, I had never not played the piano…for such a long period of time and it really scared me.…
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Learning a song
- Practicing piano
- Understanding the keys: middle C, flats, sharps, and octaves
- Sight-reading music
- Playing melody or treble clef with the right hand
- Playing rhythm or bass clef with the left hand
- Combining hands
- Playing songs in different tempos