I'm new to this forum but have been playing piano since I was 8, and I'm now 49. After H.S. mostly I've been playing Pop and Jazz. I've found a renewed interest in getting in to classical piano again, and have found an instructor (a Masters Student at the Eastman School in Rochester NY), who will be helping me work on Technique. The main reason I searched out a teacher is I know I'm playing with way too much tension, from my shoulders right down to the tips of my fingers. We had our first lesson and she noticed it right away, when I started playing the Bach Invetion's I had been working on for her. So I am now consciously working on playing more relaxed, but it's a difficult struggle after years of playing the other way. Any of you have suggestions, about avoiding tensing up while playing?