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Learning Hanon - Part 3

Part 3 of an approach to the most well-known piano technique method

Released on August 14, 2013

Watch also the First Part and the Second Part of this video.
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Hank on January 8, 2016 @6:28 pm PST
so there are 60 hanon exercices. do you bassically start with the first, then go to the second, then the third and so on until you are there on the 60th exercise? I guess it will take some weeks/months before your on the 60ths exercise. But I guess you've allready practiced tremolos before doing hanon nr 60, right?
Robert - host, on January 9, 2016 @4:46 pm PST
It is not necessary to practice every exercise in the book in order to gain value from it. Different people will progress at faster and slower rates. Generally, if you are a beginner, it's good to study the first 10 exercises, one per week to help develop strength. A good adjunct to that is to study exercise 48 to develop the strength of the wrists.

After that you should have the strength to study scales and arpeggios which form an important foundation for technique on all instruments. You can certainly revisit Hanon exercises when facing specific challenges. The practice of scales and arpeggios can continue indefinitely.
Zuhair Bakdoud on September 2, 2013 @10:32 am PST
Robert, thank you for answering my question on breaking a chord which is too wide for small hands.
Zuhair Bakdoud on August 31, 2013 @4:00 pm PST
Thanks for your comment on Schumann's Aufschwung chord breaking (by people with small hands). It would be very instructive if you did a video on the chords which need to be broken. I thank you in advance, and look forward to that video. Zu
Robert Estrin * VSM MEMBER * on September 1, 2013 @12:05 pm PST
Which chords need to be broken depends upon the size of your hand. Any chord you can't reach must be broken.
Zuhair Bakdoud on August 29, 2013 @1:38 am PST
CORRECTION!! Sorry, I meant the Moonlight chord from A to B natural. Thanks!
Zuhair Bakdoud on August 29, 2013 @1:33 am PST
Thank you for the advice on the metronome. I am struggling with Schumann's "Aufschwung" piece. As you know, the right hand has (at the opening) a wide chord from B flat to D flat (with another B flat in the middle of this chord). You demonstrated in the first movement of the Beethoven's Moonlight sonata how to "break down" (arpeggiate) the chord consisting of A to the C natural above it. Should the player arpeggiate the "Aufschwung" chord mentioned above above? Thanks!
Robert - host, on August 29, 2013 @12:30 pm PST
There are many occasions where chords must be broken in Schumann when played by pianists with smaller hands. I may produce a video on how to execute this technique since it is something I utilize on a regular basis.
Zuhair Bakdoud, M.D. on August 22, 2013 @3:01 pm PST
Thankyou for helping piano lovers with their piano technique. I am a neonatologist = newborn baby medicine = subspecialty of pediatrics) who started piano lessons at age 16 1/2. Therefore, since learning a musical instrument is like learning a language, once one is over the age of ~6 yrs, he is hampered... No matter how much he worships being able to play the great (but technically difficult) piano compositions of the masters. However!, you are helping me make INCREDIBLE progress in my piano technique. SIR !!!
Robert - host, on August 23, 2013 @12:14 pm PST
You are right - starting music at a young age is like learning a language early in life. However, unlike language, musical development can be very successful starting at a much later time than language. Anytime between 6-9 can be an ideal time for many youngsters to begin formal piano lessons. (Some children may be ready earlier or later than that.) Exposure to hearing music at an even younger age is definitely helpful as well.
Helena boggia on August 14, 2013 @10:09 am PST
Forget that email Robert I have found what I wanted
Helena boggia on August 14, 2013 @10:06 am PST
Hi Robert, I have not received Hanson parts 1 and 2... Tis great and I thank you.
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on August 14, 2013 @10:21 am PST
Sorry Helena, we actually forgot the links to the previous videos, now you can find them right under the video above.

Please, let me know if you have any further questions. Thanks!
Gylenthal Georges on August 14, 2013 @5:57 am PST
My piano teacher teached me to play the "60 daily etudes from Pischna".
I did not regret it a single day.
Although I was crying from pain after playing these Etudes.
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