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Play It Again: Piano



A bit rusty? Don't be put off. Browse our helpful hints, and watch a video guide to get you started.

Hints and Tips: Playing the Piano

For all keyboard instruments you need to think about your posture, which should be relaxed and natural to avoid tension building up.

Check your forearms are parallel to the floor and never let your wrists fall lower than the height of the keyboard.

Try and use an adjustable piano stool, as this will help you find the best height to be sitting at - and don’t sit too close as you won’t be able to reach the extremes of the instrument’s range comfortably.

Always warm-up before practising - scales and arpeggios are good for this.

If you haven’t played for a while, keep your practice sessions short and regular, extending the time as your muscles gradually get used to playing again.

Practice pedalling separately and carefully, as this is an art in itself - listen hard.

Avoid placing your piano near direct sources of heat such as radiators and windows as this can lead to problems.

Your piano should ideally be tuned once or twice a year, and serviced every five or so years. If you own an electronic keyboard or digital piano tuning is something you happily won’t need to worry about.

To find a piano teacher ask for information at your local music shop or library. Local education authority Music Services are also a good source of advice.

If you want to buy a piano or keyboard, music shops and specialist dealers are good places to start, as are small ads in local papers and newsagents' windows.

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