That’s your head on your spine – a pumpkin on a stick – and it’s heavy. If the head is balanced, everything is fine. If it’s unbalanced, the body will compensate in some way which leads to tension.

Pianists play the piano with their whole body. At today’s group class we talked about how we move our bodies to play the piano. Our discussion was taken from the book What Every Pianist Needs to Know About the Body, by Thomas Mark. We looked at the human skeleton and its points of balance. We talked about bench height and how to balance on the bench. And we moved! to become more aware of our how bodies work.

It’s all about moving in a free and easy way to eliminate tension because removing tension yields good tone and avoids injury.