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Viewing topic "Question for serious keyboardists who stand when they gig"

Posted on: May 15, 2022 @ 06:03 PM
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I have a Yamaha Motif XF8. I stand when I gig and have for years. I’m starting to experience hand cramping on the bottom outside of my hands at gigs now (the big fleshy area below the baby finger). I believe that part of this may be due to the constant 45-ish degree wrist bend required by playing while standing. I don’t want to sit if I don’t have to since standing contributes so much more to the energy transfer dynamic between musician and crowd.

If I’m right, then I could use any good input serious current or ex standing keyboardists may have. I’m considering perhaps buying a tilting keyboard stand that will hold the 65-ish lb XF8. Can anybody suggest a tilting stand that will work? Hopefully for not too much money?


  [ Ignore ]  

Posted on: July 05, 2022 @ 02:09 PM
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Joined  10-14-2008
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I’ve tried various ‘tilted’ keyboard racks in the past but found the level placement the best over long term use.  Yamaha has a couple of teaching videos specific to piano playing and proper alignment at

I also have a 2 tier stand I haven’t used in years, but it served me well when I’d play out and stand for some tunes and sit for others. I was able to quickly adjust the upper tier between 18-24” above the sitting position. 

Good luck

  [ Ignore ]  


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