Physical fitness routines that aid piano playing

Being physically fit, bottom line, is always helpful to piano playing. That’s why I frequent the gym every day. But I’ve found specific activities that more directly improve my endurance, and increase forearm and upper arm strength. (specifically my tube stretch routines that I demonstrate on video)

The Gravitron is also one of my favorite machines, along with the arm pull-up housed over at the Y. (I stay away from hand weights because of the strain it puts on my wrists.)

Yeol Eum Son, world class pianist, jumps rope, among other toning and flexibility regimens.

Here she’s plying her fitness warm-ups at a Tchaikovsky Piano Competition rehearsal:

My PIANO PUSH-UPS demonstrated at a lesson with an adult student:

Go to 1:47 on the track


About arioso7: Shirley Kirsten

International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: OR or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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