Hi, so I hear a lot of people talking about injury at the piano. What are some causes of injury at the piano, and how do you prevent it?
I'm not an expert, but I can give a few pointers and explanations that may help:
-Make sure your physical approach to playing the piano is good
. Yes, this is incredibly broad and incredibly vague, and I can't explain everything perfectly by typing to you on this forum. (If I could, nobody would need teachers anymore. Or, it actually is possible, and I'm just not that advanced yet. I'm still a student!
) This includes good posture, being able to relax your shoulders, elbow, forearm, and wrist, while still being able to keep a good bridge/curl and firmness to your knuckles and fingers. This also includes a good approach to other technical difficulties: playing octaves? Don't let yourself tense up; practice legato with the upper fingers and keep your thumb as relaxed as possible as much as possible, for example. Chords? Make sure you're thinking about the voicing and voice leading of chords in a bigger line, and once again, don't allow yourself to tense up. If tension is an issue, I probably can't help you anymore online. A good teacher is your best bet.
-SLOW PRACTICE, EVEN AFTER YOU CAN PLAY PASSAGES FULL TEMPO.
It keeps it solid, it keeps you focusing on all the inner workings of the passage. You do need to occasionally (NOT often) go through passages at full tempo, and you should also try other tempi in between, but slow practice is the best bet. Getting tired of slow practice? You should be making music slowly, not just practicing slowly to build character and build discipline and say you practiced slowly a lot.
-Don't bite off too much
. Take a step back after wrestling with something difficult for a while and analyze what kind of progress you have made. Analyze what you have been able to do, and what is still tricky for you. Since we're discussing injuries, think a lot about what you notice physically. Once again, this might be really difficult to do if you haven't been taught how to do this and don't have a lot of experience doing it, so a good teacher is your best bet.