Are My Hands And Fingers Too Stiff for Playing?

It is a normal process that when we age our body and its abilities degenerate. Also as playing piano is a very specific way of moving we are not using these specific chains of muscles in everyday life. So as we age and do not use piano playing motions it is very normal that our body might feel stiff and the motions needed in playing the piano uncomfortable in the beginning.

But the improvement starts the moment you start working with your piano playing. Things that might seem to be nearly impossible when you first encounter them become normal and an organic part of your piano playing. I have experienced this kind of change for many times and I have also seen how my own students who are much more mature than me (many are over 60) change and get multiple times more flexible than they were in the beginning.

I will bring out a few points why you should believe that the stiffness will retreat and be replaced with an improving capability of playing (when you practice regularly of course).

    1) In the lessons of the free online course for adult beginners the body parts that you need in playing the piano are mapped. Also their function in the playing process is discussed. That way you will discover many new ways of using your body efficiently. Several body parts will suddenly work independently and in ways you were probably not aware before. Therefore new and more efficient muscle using chains are formed and developed.

    2) The body is able to change. As you start working, your body will become more flexible and capability of playing rises.

    3) Your thinking will change and you will discover many useful ways how to make piano playing more logical and ergonomic. It will lessen the amount of unnecessary and tiring motions.

    4) When you join the free course, you will see that loosening up tensions and increasing the abilities of your fingers and hands is possible and actually quite easily achievable, you will very likely believe more in yourself and will model a more positive and bright picture of your future plans as an adult beginner pianist.

As a conclusion I would say that your fingers and hands are not too stiff to progress and you can definitely learn the pieces you would like to play. Do not force yourself though nor expect huge changes overnight. But if you go step-by-step the outcome will reveal itself faster than you would expect in the beginning. In addition, a very positive aspect of joining the piano course and going through it (and playing piano in general) is starting a reversal process of degeneration both mentally and physically. Several exercises and mental activities are especially helpful in these terms. To know more about it I invite you to join the free piano course.

Thank you for reading. I hope it gave you some insight. If you have any ideas, comments, questions please contact me and let me know.

E-mail: jaak@playingpianoblog.com
Skype: jaak.sikk.jr

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