Originally posted by sun4384: It was said that the recommended bench height is about 18~19 inches. Does this include the extra height from the cushion? For example, I'm sitting on a bench of 18.5 inch height, but the cushion on it takes an inch. Then when I sit on it, effectively it's a 17.5 inch height bench. Is such a bench OK?
The reason I'm asking this question is that I just use my computer chair for bench. Some benches are more expensive than my DP... The chair is a bit low, so I had to put a thick cushion on it.
There's no standard height.
Adjusting the height of the bench for comportable and efficient playing is often overlooked and yet is an easy to change factor wich makes a huge different.
If you sit at the wrong height, in order to have your playing apparaturs in a confortable range of motion you will do all sort of compensative adjustments like raising the shoulder, dropping the wrist, hunching the back, leaning forward ... all compensations that require extra muscular strength, decrease your resistance and inhibit the good use of the muscles.
A good height is the one that while allowing you sit on your butt bones with a straight (not straightned) back and to have your upper arm hang freely from the shoulder socket, leaves your forearm parallel to the ground and allows you wrist to be in a straight line with the forearm and the back of the hand while in a playing position with you hand in a natural fingers arched shape on the white keys. The angle degree between the upper arm and the forearm should be around 110Â°
Since you don't own an adjustable bench you need to either raise the chair with pieces of woods or sit on beethoven sonatas.