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Salsa Hanon: 50 Essential Exercises for Latin Piano [Kindle Edition]

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(Musicians Institute Press). From the Private Lessons series, this book is intended as a sequel to Hanon's The Virtuoso Pianist . It is perfect for either the beginner or the professional and can even benefit pianists of other genres such as jazz or classical. 50 piano patterns including the styles of Latin, Cuban, Montuno, Salsoa, and Cha-Cha.

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  • File Size: 10460 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Musicians Institute Press (November 1, 1997)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJ6C0AI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,113,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of money January 28, 2005
I am an experienced musician and use many books and have studied with some good classical teachers.

I wanted to learn Latin piano and purchased this book along with others. This book fails to provide any foundation or knowledge of Salsa piano. It consists of a number of technical exercises in the same vein as the Virtuoso Pianist by Claude Hanon, one of the famous methods for building technique in classical piano. Compared to Hanon's approach, which is at least vaguely musical, Deneff's exercises fall woefully short. With Hanon there is a definite purpose to each exercise, even if they are mundane and repetitious (Carl Czerny's methods are so much better). But Deneff's exercises go nowhere. I desperately searched for something I could use in the 50 exercises. But not only do they sound uninspired, but I could find no apparent connection with Salsa music. The exercises have Latin piano patterns repeated over and over again, with almost no explanation as to where to use them or what they are about.

It would have been much better if Peter Deneff had written perhaps ten good, musical, Latin pieces that tackle a specific Montuno or other idiom of Salsa.

This book is published by the Musicians Institute, and so I was very excited to order it but I am disappointed. I want my money back! I would suggest that Peter Denneff rewrites this book when he has more than a couple of years of post graduate experience.

Rather go for one of the books by Rebecca Mauleon such as 101 Montunos. This is not for beginners, but she is a world class educator and musician. Her books are an authority on the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy January 30, 2014
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This book can be annoying and repetitive at times, but it will help anyone build up the chops needed for salsa. It gives the correct fingering for the different rhythms and does not allow you to stay in one spot on the piano. If your going to play montunos this book can help you with your technique. Especially a beginner who is interested in Salsa. Don't just buy this book and hope to learn how to play this style of music. Buy other books as well, and then you will see how this book is helpful. This book is all about technique and getting the hands accustom to moving in Salsa patterns. It can save the beginner time and energy. Just make sure you listen to salsa music so you can distinguish the different types of patterns in this book, and know the intent of each individual exercise.
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3.0 out of 5 stars You have to be in the mood August 25, 2012
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These are very good exercises that use combinations not available in the traditional Hanon book. I saw this in a store and got it because I needed the syncopation training and also because I am easily bored by repetitious exercises. It is fun to play, and once you get your speed up it annoys the family less than the usual technique work.
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