Piano Technique Lecture Series

Finger exercises (1)

How to Use Hanon Effectively (Part 1)

I start by looking at an exercise from the Bartok method that would not be looked at favourably today, but which formed the basis of many pianists’ technique. It involves isolating a finger and lifting it high into the air while keeping the other fingers at key surface. I do not recommend it. I move on to Hanon, showing how it would have been practised in days gone by before showing a way of using lateral adjustments in the wrist to line up the finger that is playing with the arm. ...

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