Correct Pedaling Position for Piano

To get the proper hand position at the piano, you first need to be sitting properly on the piano bench. You should be sitting at the front half of the piano bench (see photo). Sit up straight at the piano. Often, you need to move the bench back so that your knee is at about a 130 degree angle. This allows your foot to pedal properly. Your heel should always be on the floor allowing the ball of your foot to depress the damper pedal (see photo).

Your elbows will be slightly in front of your body, allowing you the freedom to move your arms up and down the piano keyboard. Your wrists will have a very slight curve up and your hands will be positioned as if you are holding a tennis ball or a bubble (see photo). The bubble may be a better image because your hands, wrists, and arms need to be relaxed and loose. When you play a key, try to keep your other fingers in place. In other words, don’t lift your other fingers. This may be difficult at first but over time, your fingers will gain the strength and control they need to stay in position. By staying in position, your fingers will have more speed and accuracy. Always keeps your shoulders relaxed and sit tall. Keeping a relaxed body while you play will give you the flexibility you need to play any passage and allow you to have many hours of enjoyment.

If you would like personal assistance with any of the blog concepts, online and on-location lessons are available from Let’s Play Music and Make Art, LLC located in Derry and Londonderry, NH. www.letsplaymusic.com

Pedaling the Piano 1

Sitting Position

Pedaling the Piano 2

Hand Position

Pedaling the Piano 3

Pedaling Position


Jay Latulippe

Jay Latulippe

Jay is the program director at Let’s Play Music and make Art, LLC. He holds a degree in Music performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He has authored over a dozen books including the popular piano series, Let’s Play Jazz and More! published by Santorella Publications.

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