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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Piano Bench and Bad Back . What do you use?

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Jun 7th, 2011 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a Yamaha Clavinova digital piano in Jan and started taking lessons . I am loving learning to read music and am doing good according to my teacher . My problem is that I have a bad back and sometimes sitting on certain surfaces or certain angles really bothers my back. I get like a knoted up feeling and than some pain as well .
The bench that came with the piano has a bit of padding but not much and it kills me after about 15 minutes . I don't mind the one at the place I take lessons from as it has a lot of padding and is height adjustable but even after my half hour lesson I am a little uncomfortable .
I am currently using my drummers big old padded drum throne and it is not too bad but I have to adjust the height up and down everytime he comes over for practise and never seem to get it in the right spot . I think I need something with a bit of a back on it even though I know this is not ideal piano position as you are suppose to be close to the edge of the stool and leaning slightly forward . this position doesn't work for me .
I have tried a drum throne in the music shops that had a back on it and it seemed like it might be okay but am leary to spend 250 on it and it might not be the thing . A kitchen chair is too low .
ANyone have any good ideas or have had similar issues and how did you solve it ?

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Greater Boston

Where suspense is never in short supply.
Jun 7th, 2011 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Maybe a padded kitchen chair would work well for you (see link below)...and you can also add a wedged cushion for lower back support.

Good luck!


Anna Crusis

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Jun 7th, 2011 02:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here are some random thoughts on the subject:

Having good posture and being seated at the right height are important. When you are in playing position with relaxed shoulders, your elbows should be the same height from the floor as the tops of the piano keys. No matter what seating solution you end up with, you should get that relationship right.

I am very short (5'0") so a standard bench is too low for me. I either use an adjustable artist's bench or a tall organ bench with the legs cut down a bit.

The most cushy comfortable benches are the upholstered artist's benches, but they are heavy and expensive.

Piano chairs do exist. They are unique in that they slope downward from the back to the front by about 1 inch. They have a low back.

I injured my back in a skiing accident a few years ago and had back pain when playing. My doctor prescribed an elastic back brace, basically an elastic girdle that fastened with velcro. I wore it while playing during my recuperation. It was amazingly effective in taking stress off the lower back. They're available in medical supply stores.

Here's a website where you can view benches and chairs of all types. Jansen is a premium brand, so the prices are high, but it may give you some ideas.

Jansen Piano Benches

(This message was last edited by Anna Crusis at 03:00 PM, Jun 7th, 2011)



Apr 13th, 2012 07:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

When I was actively working in a band, I was using my drummer's spare seat that has a "back" on it. It helped tremendously. Here's hoping you find a solution to your dilemna!

Take Care/God Bless,
Tony Trout


USA, Columbus, Ohio

May 19th, 2012 09:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Buy a bucket power seat with lumbar support out of a luxury or sports car from a junkyard. About $25-$50. Passenger side preferred, one from a car that has been kept with closed windows, so the seat is still perfect.
Then find an office chair at a garage sale that swivels and use the bottom support for the bucket seat. Have a welding shop make a
bracket so the seat fits on the office chair bottom. Use a 12 volt power adapter for the power if needed. Add weight to bottom to stabilize, so its not top heavy.
Luxury car seats can be really comfortable, fully adjustable.

K9 Big Dog
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Molon Labe!
Oct 27th, 2013 06:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

Quik-Lok makes a seat with an adjustable back rest. Might be worth a look.

There are three models...

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Greater Boston

Where suspense is never in short supply.
Oct 30th, 2013 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hey, I like that. Also...

edited to add same one - different view.

this one

(This message was last edited by fendrguitplayr at 01:29 PM, Oct 30th, 2013)



Feb 16th, 2018 11:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hey misc, can anyone recommend a good office chair for 10-12+ hours of use? I want to buy a good quality chair and so far, I have run through some of the cheap $150-$200 chairs

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Feb 16th, 2018 03:59 PM   Edit   Profile  


If you cannot afford a Herman Miller Aeron chair, get yourself

a Workpro.



Oct 9th, 2019 06:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

My mom had the same issue. She's a music teacher and plays keyboard for 6 hours everyday. It really strains her back and wrists. Recently she switched her old bench to Roc n Soc Nitro and she really likes it because it's both lightweight and durable. It is mentioned here on this page as well as other options, you should check it.

best drum throne for back problems

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