How to deal with hurting fingers (piano)?



Asked by: Melanie Miller

On good keyboards (not all laptop keyboards) the Ctrl keys can be pushed with the palm below the pinky instead of with the pinky itself. If you’re using a laptop track pad, compare the feeling in your hands to using an external mouse. Also try using the track pad with your thumbs!

How do I stop my fingers from hurting when I play the piano?





Take breaks when playing the piano. Stretch. Get up and walk around. If your wrist pain is bad, then it is probably best to stop practicing until the pain abates.

Should your fingers hurt when playing piano?

Ideally, pianists should not experience hand injuries as a result of their practice. If you’re practicing regularly and correctly, constantly relaxing your shoulders, elbows and wrists, you should never feel pain, tension or discomfort in your muscles or tendons.

How do you control your fingers on a piano?

We can start to speed. Up. As we begin to feel better about just the motion of each finger. And of course if you want to get really good at the piano you need to also get your left hand in on it.

How can I play piano without pain?

Breathe deeply while you play – pretend you are a singer or a wind instrument player. Breathing is an incredible natural tension reliever. Don’t sit too low – you want your wrists above the keys, not dipped below. Practice in chunks of 20-30 minutes, with rest in between sessions.

Why are my fingers so stiff when I play piano?





Typically, a stiff five-finger is due to two things: 1) tension and 2) habit. When fixing this issue, look to eliminate tension first. Whenever you have a piano student who is exhibiting any form of tension in their hands or arms, look first to the piano bench.

How do pianists take care of their hands?

I have to remember to take gloves and emollient cream with me whenever I go out, and I always have hand cream by the piano. As a pianist, one is constantly aware of one’s hands, checking them, massaging them, drumming the fingers, playing a silent keyboard on a table top or one’s knees when away from the piano.

How do you relax your fingers?

Finger Stretch



Try this stretch to help with pain relief and to improve the range of motion in your hands: Place your hand palm-down on a table or other flat surface. Gently straighten your fingers as flat as you can against the surface without forcing your joints. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds and then release.

Can playing piano damage hands?

Pianists are all-too-often afflicted with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as well, which we’ll cover but, first… These two injuries, along with ‘Carpal Tunnel Syndrome’ (CTS) and painful wrist, finger and thumb tendon problems fall into the category of ‘Repetitive Strain Injuries’ (RSIs) as you may know.

Do pianists have strong hands?

Pianists will develop stamina naturally over time without focusing on building “strong” fingers, but there are certain exercises that you can do to work on imbalances. We have muscles surrounding our knuckles, and muscle at the base of our thumb, but no muscles in the actual fingers or thumbs themselves.



Do pianists get arthritis?

It is not a piano-related injury as such, but it can be exacerbated by high-intensity wear and tear (overuse) of joints in professional pianists who practise intensely. Moderate piano playing, however, is often recommended as a healthy, therapeutic activity which keeps the joints supple.

Do pianists get carpal tunnel?

For piano players, the possibility of developing carpal tunnel is a real concern. Most people who play the piano, professionally or as a hobby, play every day or multiple times per week. While this is a great way to get better at the craft, it also means that your chances of suffering from this syndrome increase.

How can I make my hands more flexible for piano?

And over time you'll really fill your hands stretching out and you'll feel the tendons get looser and that honestly does help that's not going to make you a faster pianist.



Do pianists look at their hands?

The short answer to that last question is: YES! It’s perfectly acceptable and normal for a pianist to look at their hands while they play. An important part of the design of any musical instrument is the necessary range of movement for the player in order to produce sound.

Does piano make you smarter?

There’s growing scientific evidence that shows learning to play an instrument—and piano in particular—can actually make you smarter, happier, and healthier. The cognitive demands of learning piano could help with everything from planning skills and language development to reducing anxiety and even boosting memory!

Do pianists need long fingers?

Great pianists come in all shapes and sizes. There is no specific type of finger size or length that determines your potential. Typically, most people will learn the piece from beginning to end and continuously practice until they can play the entire piece well.

Are pianists good in bed?

In short, the answer is “not really“. There just isn’t a real correlation between the level of pleasure in mating and a pianist’s skill.



Can fat fingers play piano?

So the answer is “Yes” you can, but you will have to figure out a lot of the technique for yourself, as most teachers are familiar only with the average hand (or the small hands of children) and most books are written for folk whose fingers do fit comfortably between the keys.