The 6 Common Causes of Hand Strain at the Piano

piano hand strainIt might seem strange to talk about injuries caused by playing music, but it can be very real for musicians who play with poor technique, posture or other bad habits. Pianists in particular should pay close attention to their form, in order to prevent strain.

The Piano Career blog has a great post about the six common causes of hand strain for pianists, along with some tips for alleviating and dealing with an injury. Here are the causes the author identified:

1. Tension
2. Irregular practice (“lazy student syndrome”!)
3. Playing only with your fingers (overall poor technique)
4. Incorrect posture (we can’t say it enough!)
5. Too much “enthusiasm” in your finger stretching exercises
6. Psychological tension, stress and a negative attitude

Do any of these sound familiar to you? If you’re not working with a private piano teacher, they might be harder to notice. Working with an instructor, on the other hand, will give you the individual feedback you need to get rid of any bad habits and avoid injuries.

Already feeling strained? The author suggests several great tips, including taking a break from practicing (1 or 2 days) if necessary, and sticking with a regular practice schedule in order to prevent injuries. You can read the article in its entirety here.


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