The First 10 Things Every Piano Student Should Learn

Piano player

 

1. Posture

The way a student is positioning their body while sitting at a piano not only affects their ability to play well but also their ability to play for an extended period of time. Make sure your student knows to sit with their back straight, feet flat, and arms and wrists parallel to the ground, just above the white keys.

 

2. Finger positioning (mechanics)

It is extremely important to teach your student proper finger positioning, not only so that they are playing correctly, but also to prevent injury. Who knew the piano was such a dangerous hobby? Though the piano won’t leave you with a concussion or a broken bone, there can definitely be long-term effects of playing incorrectly, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Tendonitis.

 

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The First 10 Things Every Guitar Student Should Learn

 acoustic guitar player

1. The Parts of the Instrument
It’s challenging to give a student direction if they don’t know what you’re talking about when you use terms such as “bridge” or “pickup.” Make sure your student has the basic vocabulary and anatomy of the guitar mastered so you are able to communicate effectively.

2. How to Tune a Guitar
If your student practices with a guitar that’s out of tune, their ear is unable to develop properly and they will not be able to make the connection between their hands, eyes, and ears. Show your student how to use a chromatic tuner as well as tuning by ear.

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