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Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises, Complete (Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics, Vol. 925) Paperback – November 1, 1986
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The book is divided into three sections of 20 exercises each. I use the first 20 as warm-ups, playing them for about 15 minutes. The later exercises are more advanced and teach things like fast running octaves, arpeggios, and repeated notes. Since I started using these exercises, my hands are noticably stronger. I've been playing piano for 32+ years, and play at an advanced level. But these exercises (at least numbers 1 through 20) would be useful for a pianist of any level, from beginner to advanced. Yes, they can be boring to play, but the improvement you will notice from 15-20 minutes a day is worth it.
When I first opened the book the first words out of my mouth were "You want me to play THIS!?!?!?!". But when I started playing them I realized they were actually really simple. Once you learn the first measure, you pretty much know the rest of the excersise. The excercises were really tiring at first, but after only a few days I could play the first six 4 times in a row without feeling overly tired.
I had some trouble with some of the later exercises (I've only gotten up to # 15), but that was because I didn't spend enough time on the earlier ones. Each excercise builds for the next, so that when you finish one your all ready for the following one. I don't think any of the excercises will be hard if I study the excersises I already know.
I think the excersises are alot more fun than some of the other things my teacher wants me to play. I don't think their annoying even if I repeat one over and over. I highly recomend this book.
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I practice from this book every day for developing finger dexterity and strength. It is a well-organized and has pages of helpful exercises which list the particular fingers or... Read morePublished 5 days ago by s. sicam
As a pianist who is approaching 7 years of experience I don't know how I never got the will to acquire this book. I regret not getting it sooner. Read morePublished 8 days ago by JustAnotherAmazonBuyer
Still working thru it but it was received in perfect condition.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Not what I expected. More difficult than I anticipated for students I wanted to use for.Published 22 days ago by Rah
Working my way through this, i can already tell my fingers are responding more quickly. they do leave your fingers fatigued. love it!Published 28 days ago by Alyssa
I believe that this Hanon book should be recommended to everyone who want to play the piano. This book allowed me to prepare and warm up my fingers before each piano session;... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer