Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician
SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Spectral Analysis of Musical Sounds
Spectral Analysis of Musical Sounds with Emphasis on the Piano
Learn More

or
Buy This Book on Amazon.com
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
(ad) Pianoteq
Who's Online
164 registered (ajames, ando, Almaviva, 36251, 43 invisible), 1833 Guests and 15 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Topic Options
#1083372 - 11/21/04 12:57 PM chair height
nyccycler Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/21/04
Posts: 5
Loc: new york city
Hello - I am new to these boards and I am an Adult returning beginner -
My piano "passed on" recently I am practicing on a keyboard until I am able to replace it and I was wondering if anyone knows the proper height to adjust it from the floor - or what is the height of your keys measured from the floor?
Thanks!

Top
(ads P/S)

Sauter Pianos

#1083373 - 11/21/04 01:38 PM Re: chair height
Bob Muir Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/01/03
Posts: 2653
Loc: Lakewood, WA, USA
My bench is at about 19.5" & the top of the keys are at 29.5".

Top
#1083374 - 11/21/04 03:53 PM Re: chair height
nyccycler Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/21/04
Posts: 5
Loc: new york city
Thanks so much - I've had some twinges in my elbows and I don't want to do any permanent damage by sitting wrong!

Top
#1083375 - 11/21/04 04:23 PM Re: chair height
Mathilde Offline
Full Member

Registered: 04/05/03
Posts: 309
Loc: Decatur, Illinois, USA
I had backaches when I started on piano, and this advice helped me a lot.

http://www.pianomap.com/injuries/conclusion.html

 Quote:
The first principle is to sit at the correct height and insist to students (or their parents) that the bench at home be at the correct height. Some piano methods do say things like "the forearm should be level when the student sits erect without hunching the shoulders," which is correct; much the same advice is found in any ergonomics text. If a person is not at the correct height, the body is likely to compensate somewhere. A person sitting too low may hunch the shoulders or lift the elbows, a person sitting too high may drop the wrist or pull the shoulders down. All of these compensations involve static muscular activity that limits freedom and can in time lead to injury.

Since the correct bench height is the one that puts the forearm level, it is not the same for everyone, and it may not be the same even for people of the same stature. The correct bench height is determined by the relation between the length of the upper arm and the length of the torso, and this proportion varies from one person to another. A handy way to find the correct height is to sit upright with the arms hanging freely and the fingertips resting on the keys. Then adjust the height of the bench so as to place the tip of the elbow even with the top of the white keys. To many pianists, the correct height will feel high at first, since most benches are too low for most people. Even adjustable benches do not go high enough for many people.
I am currently using a folded blanket that adds precisely the right amount of height (about 1-3/4") to my standard piano bench to avoid back pain.

Top
#1083376 - 11/22/04 08:08 AM Re: chair height
Nina Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/13/01
Posts: 6467
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Another thing that helped me (and I rarely hear it mentioned) is to pay attention to how close (or far) you are sitting from the piano.

After a lot of trial and error, I found that I was actually sitting too close to the piano. By moving the bench back (not much, maybe 2-3 inches) I was able to very very slightly lean into the keys. This resulted in much better tone, and fewer back aches... particularly near and between my shoulder blades. I think I was trying to push the keys down with my shoulders instead of the full weight of my upper body.

YMMV, of course!

Top

Moderator:  BB Player, casinitaly 
What's Hot!!
2015 NAMM Show - Will You Be There?
Kathy and I would like to meet you
-------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Seiler Pianos
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Concerts by Gideon Kremer/Trifonov and Jomathan Biss
by pianoloverus
01/26/15 01:19 PM
Have you had students that absolutely can't memorize pieces?
by Tuneless
01/26/15 01:02 PM
MP11 as MIDI controller + USB to host
by Morodiene
01/26/15 10:30 AM
Lime Kiln Field Day: historic silent film with live piano
by hreichgott
01/26/15 09:32 AM
The New New York Steinway store
by WiseBuff
01/26/15 09:08 AM
Forum Stats
77836 Members
42 Forums
160930 Topics
2364229 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Gift Ideas for Music Lovers!
Find the Perfect Gift for the Music Lovers on your List!
Visit our online store today.

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2015 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission