Perhaps a weird question, but how do tall pianists deal with pedaling? With my nearly two meters I can’t put my leg under the piano straight and my pedaling is a bit difficult, quite uncomfortable or even sometimes slightly painful.
I think the question is not weird at all. If it is reality you have to deal with, it is something inevitable and if to pay it conscious attention, you can certainly improve in some aspects.
Actually, my first advice would be simple – just sit a bit further from the piano. It will change some angles of your body, but it is what tall pianists often do. I would suggest Brend Glemser as an example. He is an extraordinary pianist (very underrated on YouTube) and a very tall man.
As you see, his knees are barely under the edge of the piano. Because of that there is a tendency, that the body is slightly leaning towards the piano, but I guess this is the best option very tall pianists can take. You can even notice the same thing when you look at Van Cliburn playing.
The other thing is the piano stool. Finding a good height for this (probably the lowest possible) is also worth trying out. Is it what you have done already?
thank you for your ideas and references. I’ll try to experiment with my position in future, right now I don’t want to disturb my play. A lower piano stool wouldn’t help since then my elbows would be too low and it can’t change the fact that my knee can’t fit under the keyboard.
thank you for the suggestion, if it was just my piano I might consider woodworking adjustments to it. However it is a family piano and two of my children learn playing the piano “seriously” so they have precedence in using it and I can’t make it a non-standard instrument. So I must adjust myself. 🙂