It's 4:30am, so I'm going to shorthand this. Here's what I see:
1. You're sitting too low (elbows are below the keys)
2. Your wrists are often too low
3. You break your wrists
4. You twist
5. Your fingers are artificially rigid and stiff (particularly the LH)
6. You hold your fingers up off the keys (this is minor compared to the others, but I did notice you doing it)
At 0:40, there is a very good example of how not
to shape your hand. See how high your wrist is, and how straight your fingers are? It creates a concave arc in your hand, where your first knuckle bends backwards. Very, very bad for your hands.
At this point, I feel obliged to say: please don't think I'm being negative or bashing you at all. I'm just pointing out the things I saw on a one-take viewing because you had asked for this feedback. If we lived less than one ocean apart, I'd be happy to try and help you in person, but I don't travel to Indonesia often, nor do I know any teachers there.
I may be able to give you some quick advice over the forum, but first I need to ask this question: do you feel comfortable at all while playing this passage? Describe to me how you feel while playing.. that may help give me a better idea where to start in crafting a reply.
Thank you Derelux for taking the time to help a starter at such an awful hour to be awake. Your comments are exactly what i'm looking for by posting this video. I will increase the height of the chair by some means, as it's non adjustable bench. I'll have to look for some books/boards to lift it. Hopefully it'll fix a lot of issues. I'm short at 160cm/5 feet 3. So i need the height help.
and please dont feel bad by being negative. I appreciate honesty and your comments helps much. I need further explanation on the following though. if you dont mind to explain the terms. I hope i dont come off as defensive but really just ignorant of some terms used like "break" and "twist" in piano playing and wish to know more so that i don't misunderstand your meaning.
3. You break your wrists - what constitute break? as it's not parallel to the floor all the time?
4. You twist - is twisting and rolling the same?
6. You hold your fingers up off the keys (this is minor compared to the others, but I did notice you doing it) - are you suppose to lay the fingers on the keys at all time even when not playing the note?
as to how comfortable i am playing this phrase, right now i dont notice it much. I will try to take note when playing and give you a more detailed answer. I guess my first reaction is that i feel fine with the playing of this phrase other than i need to polish it up more to be faster and more even.
thank you for your help
I cant comment too much being a beginner myself but your playing and positioning looks good to me! Nice piece to play too-Debussy's Prelude!
But how on Earth do you manage to concentrate with all the background noise going on? Or does it sound worse than it is?
I dont want to sound patronising but keep up the good work!
actually it's the clair de lune
but i didn't play it fast enough. I have not heard of Debussy's Prelude. maybe for the next project?
btw, the background noise is from my daughter having dinner while watching barney/playing/jumping.. i get used to it
I would stop worrying about your hand shape and just raise your seat 2 or 3 inches.
Then listen to the instruction you are getting from your teacher or get another teacher.
Also, that business about "hurting" your fingers may be more about being new to piano playing and practicing too much in a repetitive manner than it is about a poor hand shape.
BTW ... did your teacher assign you this piece ?
sadly i only had a teacher for a month and right now i dont have a teacher
and true i was practicing crazily when i hurt the finger.. i think i practiced 2 hours straight when i strain it and stopped. I guess i assigned this piece for myself as i like the tune, and i see a lot of the piece is the areas i need to work on. but mostly it's because i like the sound of it
Agree with dmd on raising the seat. Probably the wrists being high and low are both related to that. Meanwhile, when you had lessons and your teacher observed you, it would have been at your teacher's piano and the seating would be different. Did that teacher talk about height and distance?
the teachers came to my house when he taught me using my current seat and piano. I asked him about height and distance and he told me not to worry about it. *shrugs* i was doubtful to say the least. But i stick with him for 4-6 lessons before stopping.
As a last note, thank you everyone who have replied. i appreciate it. Please dont be afraid to point out the errors. I'm here to learn.