How to Position Hands on a Keyboard

Position Hands on a Keyboard

How to Position Hands on a Keyboard. There is much more involved in learning to play the piano than just learning how to read music. Proper positioning of your body, proper arm and wrist alignment and proper hand positioning are essential piano skills. Once your body position is correct, your hands must be held in the correct position and strategically placed over the keyboard in order to play the keys easily.

Hold your hands as if you were holding a tennis ball.

Keep your wrists straight in alignment with your elbows. If your wrists are bent up so that your fingers can reach the keyboard, adjust your seat position so that your forearms and wrists are level with the keys and parallel to the floor.

Place your hands over the keyboard, keeping your fingers rounded, so that each finger is resting on its own key. The top of your fingertips should touch the white keys. They should be positioned about halfway between the end of the white keys and the black keys.

Position your thumb so that it touches the keys on its side. Your thumb will be slightly bent in toward the rest of your fingers.

Practice pressing each finger down on the key, keeping your hands and fingers rounded. It takes practice to keep your hands in the right position, so playing simple scales and chords allows you to pay close attention to your hands and fingers.


It may be helpful to actually hold a tennis ball in your hand and take it away without moving your fingers. It is difficult to keep your hands in the correct position, so a good visual of how they should look will help you remember to keep your hands held properly. Proper body position is very helpful when trying to achieve proper hand position. Your arms must be hanging comfortably by your torso with your elbows bent and your forearms parallel to the floor.

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