Usually if someone asks you to look up, you raise your head a bit and your eyes look up toward the sky. And if someone asks you to look down, your head and eyes lower toward the ground.
In piano lingo, when we refer to moving your hands “up” on the piano, it means to move toward the right side of the piano keys.
In opposition, moving your hands “down” means moving to the left side where the lower sounds of the piano are produced.
The “middle” is just that – the keys that are located in front of where your body sits on the piano bench!
I know this isn’t rocket science, but I am surprised on a weekly basis how many students do not fully grasp this concept.
Another way to try to remember it, is that the lower or left side of the piano makes sounds as low as an elephant. And the higher or right side of the piano makes sounds as high as the birds! And maybe the human voice is right in the middle!
Up is toward the right side of the piano.
Down is toward the left side of the piano.
Middle is the middle area of the piano.