A follow up to my last video “Three Steps to Perfect Piano Posture”, this on shows you how to have perfect posture while you are singing into a microphone. Your back thanks you in advance! Now for the fellow singer-pianists out there, this video is for YOU. Learn my three steps to perfect piano posture for singers with a mic!
Posture at the piano for singers is important
I have seen some really terrible postural issues when I see people singing and playing the piano at the same time. These postural issues can not only affect your back, your neck and your arms, they can also lead to injury in your hands and your fingers. They can lead to inefficient singing and not making your best sound as a singer or as a pianist.
We’ve all seen this before. You can see how I’m sitting at the piano and you can see that my neck is crunched, my chin is jetting out, my back is hunched over and although this might feel comfortable, this is actually a very inefficient way to sit and sing and play the piano.
Three steps to perfect posture at the piano for singers
Step 1: Push the bench back.
It is very common to see people sitting too close the keyboard. You want to have the bench back far enough that you can make space for your body.
Step 2: Bring your body back
Now that the piano bench is back, you want to take a moment to move your body forward.
Before, I was sitting mostly on the backs of my thighs so that the back of my knee was right along the side of the bench. When I bring my body forward, I’m just sitting on my bottom and most of the backs of my legs are not touching the bench. When I do this it gives me the opportunity that my back will naturally become more straight. Obviously our spines have curves in them so we don’t want them to be completely straight but we do want to be sitting a little bit more on the erect side rather than hunched over.
Step 3: Lift your sternum
You want to make sure to lift your sternum to avoid slumping.
Step 4: Adjust the Microphone
- Keep the microphone stand on the opposite side of the audience so they get a clear view of you.
- Make sure to adjust the microphone
- The microphone comes to you.
- **Always remember that you need to set your posture correctly and THEN fix the microphone so it works**. NEVER the other way around.
I hope this has been helpful!
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