actions away from the piano that affects playing?

Posted by: NGM_Virtuoso

actions away from the piano that affects playing? - 10/12/12 07:44 PM

I'm a novice piano player btw and I'm new here so hi smile

Is there anything like this that pianists shouldn't do?
Something like, gripping too much or carrying heavy objects(Is it bad?). Or what other things? Also, is cracking finger joints bad?

Edit: It's just that i've been doing these things and i hope i'm ok

I asked because I feel weird with my ring finger or it's joint between the palm or i cannot tell exactly. About the carrying part i already know its kinda bad because after carrying something heavy my fingers feel weird and it involuntarily curls (or twitch)? frown
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: any actions away from the piano that affects playing? - 10/12/12 08:01 PM

I'd avoid trying to punch holes in walls.
Posted by: Derulux

Re: any actions away from the piano that affects playing? - 10/13/12 01:11 AM

Originally Posted By: pianoloverus
I'd avoid trying to punch holes in walls.

If only for the sake of the sheet rock!


I would add that some of the worst things you can do are repetitive things. Holding a phone in your hand for five hours a day is a small tension, but combined with other activities, can lead to excessive fatigue, inflammation, and if not treated, injury.

One of the absolute worst activities, ironically, is typing on a keyboard. Especially if you rest your wrists on anything while typing.
Posted by: Bobpickle

Re: actions away from the piano that affects playing? - 10/13/12 05:12 AM

Originally Posted By: NGM_Virtuoso
I'm a novice piano player btw and I'm new here so hi smile

Is there anything like this that pianists shouldn't do?
Something like, gripping too much or carrying heavy objects(Is it bad?). Or what other things? Also, is cracking finger joints bad?

Edit: It's just that i've been doing these things and i hope i'm ok smirk

I asked because I feel weird with my ring finger or it's joint between the palm or i cannot tell exactly. About the carrying part i already know its kinda bad because after carrying something heavy my fingers feel weird and it involuntarily curls (or twitch)? frown


I lift heavy weights 4x a week for often about 2 hours per day, without the use of gloves or straps which, in turn, results in the consistent formation of calluses on the undersides of fingers/wrists. I've also been known to abuse the ability to crack nearly every joint in my body (toes, knees, neck, etc.), all ten fingers included. What is the only thing that ever makes my fingers/wrists/arms hurt at and/or away from the piano? Improperly spent time at the piano.

In piano study, you have two major components at play, technique development (physical) and musical [theory] development (mental and neurologically tied to physical). How to most carefully utilize your two hands at the piano follows under the former category, though also to some extent under the latter. While the topic is exceedingly broad for each subdivision of technique, the rule of thumb you want to use is "Do I feel pain/tension?" If the answer is yes, you're likely too tense and need to approach the problem slowly and without tension (if not in just an entirely different way) and then gradually speed up. For individual technical concerns (just saw a thread on staccato playing), these forums and the rest of the internet are very valuable in finding help (obviously in addition to a good teacher with which you should almost always strive to work).
Posted by: NGM_Virtuoso

Re: actions away from the piano that affects playing? - 10/13/12 06:50 AM

Originally Posted By: Derulux
One of the absolute worst activities, ironically, is typing on a keyboard. Especially if you rest your wrists on anything while typing.

that i ALWAYS do that! (right now I'm typing in a completely different way xD)
You mean like similar to RSI(repetitive strain injury)? I've heard of it but I googled it just now. The problem is, I spend hours at the computer. Oh well i guess I should start avoiding these bad habits
Thank you for you reply Derulux.


Originally Posted By: Bobpickle
I lift heavy weights 4x a week for often about 2 hours per day, without the use of gloves or straps which, in turn, results in the consistent formation of calluses on the undersides of fingers/wrists. I've also been known to abuse the ability to crack nearly every joint in my body (toes, knees, neck, etc.), all ten fingers included. What is the only thing that ever makes my fingers/wrists/arms hurt at and/or away from the piano? Improperly spent time at the piano.

In piano study, you have two major components at play, technique development (physical) and musical [theory] development (mental and neurologically tied to physical). How to most carefully utilize your two hands at the piano follows under the former category, though also to some extent under the latter. While the topic is exceedingly broad for each subdivision of technique, the rule of thumb you want to use is "Do I feel pain/tension?" If the answer is yes, you're likely too tense and need to approach the problem slowly and without tension (if not in just an entirely different way) and then gradually speed up. For individual technical concerns (just saw a thread on staccato playing), these forums and the rest of the internet are very valuable in finding help (obviously in addition to a good teacher with which you should almost always strive to work).


So I guess it was just that I was not used to carrying heavy weights?
Thank you for those helpful tips! I will take them into consideration when playing smile