Learn how to play piano without pain! Do you have back pain while playing the piano? Back pain when playing an instrument is unfortunately rather common. But you are not supposed to have pain when you play!
I struggled with really bad neck pain when playing, I still do if I don't take care how I sit, and balance my head. I was taught to push my elbows outwards when playing- this became a pain so bad I couldn't practice without painkillers.
After learning about how to sit correctly, and how to balance my body, I have learned that practicing can, and should be pain free.
There are several reasons for back/neck pain when playing the piano. Some of the most common are:
Sometimes an orthopedic ”tush-cush” can be of help, (see below)
both to reach the correct height, but also because it helps you to sit
with a slight angle forward, which helps balance your weight forward. There
are special piano pads that are made not to put pressure on your spine.
This is great if you have suffered from an injury, or have a lot of
The Taubman-Golansky Institute is helping professional pianists who experience different forms of RSI (Repetitive Strain Injuries)to re- learn how to play piano. I find this video about how to sit with the correct height at the piano is very helpful:
Freeing the Caged Bird is a great video where you will learn how to play piano with correct posture. Barbara Lister-Sink’s technique for injury prevention is founded in the Alexander Technique, a great awareness technique not just for musicians.
Having an adjustable and comfortable piano bench is essential for sitting with a correct posture when playing the piano. Your local piano store most certainly has a range of great quality piano benches. You can also check out
Adjustable Piano Benches
for some recommendations of the best piano chairs.
A good “Tush-cush” I also use in my studio can be found here: Original Tush Cush Seat Cushion - Large Navy Blue
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