Robert Estrin - piano expert

Why an Okay Hand Position is Ideal

Discover why you'd want your second finger curved like that

In this video, Robert tells you why an ok hand position is a great hand position for playing the piano.

Released on December 14, 2022

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Video Transcription

Pretty much an okay position is the ideal position on the piano. Who knew? Robert Estrin here at, your online piano resource. Today I'm going to talk about why an okay hand position is ideal. Now what do I mean by this? How can an okay hand position, wouldn't you want a great hand position at the piano? Well, I've got a little trick up my sleeve, or actually just beyond my sleeve, which is the okay hand position. Okay? Well that's what I'm talking about. This hand position, believe it or not, is the ideal hand position on the piano.

Now, you might think, why would you want your second finger like this? Well, by having the second finger curved more than other fingers, you actually are in an ideal position for octaves and the rounded fingers, which are naturally rounded. If you just take your hands and drop them on the piano without using any muscles at all, you'll find they'll naturally go in this position. So, this is the position you want to be in on your piano. Pretty much an okay position is the ideal position on the piano. Who knew? So that's what I'm talking about. So use that as a little reminder as to how your hand should be. And it's not a tight position.

You're not trying to keep it in that position with force. In fact, it automatically stays in that position if you just let your hands come down naturally on the keyboard with no force at all. They'll fall into that position. The position that takes no effort to maintain is the best position on the piano. Better than that, by rounding your second finger more than the others, you can accommodate chords and octaves with much greater ease. I hope this little tip is helpful for you. Again, Robert Estrin here at Thanks to all our subscribers. Hitting that thumbs up makes the video reach more people. We'll see you next time.
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