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Topic: Proper distance between the piano and the bench  (Read 2140 times)

Offline Daniel_piano

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Proper distance between the piano and the bench
on: July 20, 2004, 10:40:25 PM
Hi,
I wonder if someone could suggest me what is the best distance or the best way to find the best distance between the piano and the bench ?
Should my arms be elonged or else they should bend

Let's imagine it without the piano
I'm on the bench and I extend my arms following the lines of my thighs
Let's say my piano is invisible and I can see through it upon which point my hands should appear
At the beginning on the thigh, at the knees after the knees ?

Any thought ?
Thanks

Daniel
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Offline xvimbi

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Re: Proper distance between the piano and the benc
Reply #1 on: July 20, 2004, 11:34:13 PM
There are several threads already in this forum. E.g.:

https://www.pianoforum.net/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=perf;action=display;num=1049155383;start=0

The bottom line is, you need to find the right distance for yourself. Find the position that gives you the highest degree of freedom, while obeying your anatomy and physiology. Check out the information in the book you just got and act accordingly. Learn how to sit correctly, and the proper distance will probably come automatically. The only specific advice I will venture to give at this point is that many people sit too close. The "old" way where the elbows are to be positioned to the sides of the body (some even dictate to press the elbows against the sides and NEVER move them - arrrgh) must be avoided. The elbows need to be able to pass freely in front of the body. Remember, Glenn Gould is admired for the sounds he created, but not for his back problems!
 

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