Elbow height compared to the keyboard.


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Should the elbows be below, above, or parallel with the keys for best playing position?

I am sorry if this may seem like a silly question.

And have a nice day. :)
 
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AFAIK they should be slightly above, parallel with the wrists turned slightly downward. Really what you're looking for is maximum comfort while playing.

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I'll second what Gary has said. The golden rule is - If it hurts while you are playing, you're doing it wrong. Ideally the wrists should be relaxed and elbows should be above the keybed for a smoother playing experience.
 
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For me it's just what feels comfortable. I know that when you classical piano the teachers tell you elbows just above, almost parallel, to the keyboard but I tend to have them a bit lower sometimes on the Hammond and just a bit higher or parallel on the piano.

So I guess it is just what feels right to you. As long as you are comfortable I would say that there is no "wrong" way to be positioned while playing
 
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Its quite a subjective issue. People have different hand sizes and finger length. If you have short fingers (like Elton John) your posture will be quite different to a player with long fingers (Horowitz/Rachmaninov)
It also can depend on the style of music played.
 

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