Proper Hand and Finger Positioning for Playing the Piano

A doctor at Good Life Chiropractic, Dr. Manfred Alkhas is a chiropractor who has a musical background. Experienced in playing the guitar and drums, Dr. Manfred Alkhas grew up studying music theory and practicing classical piano.

Playing the piano begins with learning the proper hand and finger positioning. To provide flexibility and fluid movement, the hands and fingers should remain relaxed on the keys. The hands take on the shape of a dome and curve in such a way that the wrists stay at the same level as the knuckles. As the fingers curve, a 45-degree angle should be maintained to possess correct form.

Thumbs, which are useful for playing chords with wide spans, naturally remain low and curve inward toward the other fingers. It is important that the tip of the thumb is parallel to the rest of the fingers; this ensures the wrong keys are not played unintentionally. This position also allows the thumb to use the correct muscles to move up and down and encourages the pianist to play the keys using the direct part of the thumb that lies directly below the nail.

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