295 • Pianists never sit too low, but often too high.

When you practice and detect tension in your shoulders (usually hunched forward), repeat the spot again, a little slower, and experiment with lowering the bench a bit. There is a comfortable and natural distance between your shoulders and the keyboard. If the distance is too far, the torso tends to hunch forward, as it tries to find a better distance, which leads to tension. If you lower the bench you'll enable your torso to find a better balance.


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