Too Close to the Piano

9 Nov 2007 /
Man at piano

I play the piano for fun. I’m self-taught . . . I can play notes but I don’t know the first thing about proper technique, which is why I’m not very good.

I don’t know why I never thought of it before, but last night as I was struggling to play a new piece, I decided to move the piano bench farther back than I usually do.

Wow! Big improvement! For 40 years, I’ve been sitting too close to the piano.

It’s the kind of thing that a qualified instructor could point out at the first lesson, but when you have to figure it out yourself, it takes a little longer . . .

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