• Get rid of slow, uncoordinated fingers once and for all

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    Today’s post is about increasing your speed, accuracy, independence, and coordination on the piano.

    I took this clip straight from our “Hanon by Ear” course. What’s so different about this method is that it teaches you the century old Hanon techniques without having to read sheet music.

    So here’s an 8-minute video that teaches you the first hanon exercise (he actually created 60 exercises way back in the 1800s… here’s the first one). Trust me, if you master this one right here, you’ll notice a rapid increase in speed and coordination.


     

    What are Hanon Exercises?

    They are exercises specifically designed to train the pianist in speed, precision, agility, independence, dexterity, and strength of all of the fingers (and wrist too!).

    They were created in the late 1800s by Charles-Louis Hanon, thus the short name “Hanon exercises.”

    They may come across as scales at first glance but are strategically designed to focus on certain fingers, depending on what exercise you’re on. Some focus on several fingers at once (like the pinky and ring finger, which are known to be the “weakest links”). And other exercises focus on other areas.

    One thing is for sure… Once you’ve mastered each exercise at the maximum speed suggested, you’ll feel it and your piano playing will DEFINITELY show it!

     

    Why they are so important to YOU…

    Often times, when people practice, they are working on chords and progressions, and that is totally fine.

    And outside of classical music, unless an “ear-musician” (someone who ONLY plays by ear) is exposed to exercises like this, they have no systematic way to get their fingers strong, independent and faster (…so they can play runs, licks, and scales with speed and precision).

    Maybe they’ll practice scales but these can get boring and repetitive over time. The end result is that ear-musicians will usually warm up with a few scales but the bulk of the attention will be put elsewhere.

    And this isn’t our fault!

    1. Most ear-musicians have no idea what or who Hanon is… or his exercises!
    2. Even if one is recommended Hanon by a friend (like I was several years ago), they must know how to read sheet music to play the exercises (or find a way to get them written out in letter format).
    3. Then, if they find out how to play the exercises, they often times do them incorrectly and learn bad habits that have to be reversed later on (or worse, ignored).

    By learning Hanon from a professional who is classically-trained but also understands the need for other types of musicians to be exposed to it, you get the best of both worlds! Click here for more information on our Hanon video program

    Enjoy the clip and see ya next time!

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    Hi, I'm Jermaine Griggs, founder of this site. We teach people how to express themselves through the language of music. Just as you talk and listen freely, music can be enjoyed and played in the same way... if you know the rules of the "language!" I started this site at 17 years old in August 2000 and more than a decade later, we've helped literally millions of musicians along the way. Enjoy!

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    { 21 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 BRIAN AKA TRUMUSIC1SOUL

    I’VE HAVE HAD “HANON: THE VIRTUOSO PIANIST” FOR A COUPLE YEARS NOW. AND HAVE BARELY MADE IT OF THE FIRST PAGE DUE TO MY MINIMAL SHEET READING ABILITY. THIS VID SERIES WILL BE A DEFINITE ADDITION TO THE ARSENAL…A MUST HAVE!!!

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    2 Kudzi

    wow thanks alot, i always wanted to do hannon, but just like the girl above i have basic sheet reading ability from high school, this should help alot!!!!

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    3 ms faye

    same here… i didnt even know u had this. when did this come out?

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    4 Jermaine

    @Brian (Trumusic1Soul): Good to hear from you on the radio show last night! Yes, hanon is awesome and very useful if you can read sheet music and keep up with it. For those of us who aren’t on top of our sight reading skills, then it can get really discouraging.

    James in hanon by ear really does a good job teaching the pattern (cuz that’s all hanon exercises are is a pattern… once you know the pattern the fingers are doing, you don’t need the sheet music).

    Try the first exercise non stop for a good week. slowly increase your tempo and let me know if you’re feeling it in your hands.

    @Kudzi:I ditto what I said to brian

    @ms faye: since about april I beleive. hanonbyear.com

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    5 ambrose

    couldn’t get any better advice.thanks a bundle.

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    6 Anjeelah

    Before I buy this product, I’d like to know if it will help me learn to play both hands with chords in left and melody in right because although I can read music and know where all the chords are, I don’t know the inversions and trying to learn those and build rhythm and speed is difficult.

    Also, does this teach arpeggios and if not, which product does?

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    7 Ron

    Thanks for this.
    I am an accomplished ear trained guitarist and drummer but oh how my fingers are clumsy on a piano which I dearly wish to add to my list of instruments I can play.

    I started out with this exercise last night at 60 bpm and am up to 75 now.

    :-)

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    8 Danny G.Tamizharasu

    GLORY TO GOD

    Dear hear and play .i am pionoist in church.and i want a lessons and many informatation in piono.pls send it to my email id.
    e mail:dannygtamizharasu@ymail.com

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    9 Humberto

    Jermaine, when do you expect to have all six volumes of this Hanon series available?

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    10 Mel

    Jermaine… I purchased your “Hear and Play” Perfect Practice Series “Hanon 1 Mastery”. I can play the DVD on my player but it will not play on my computer… What am I doing wrong?
    Mel

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    11 Robert Ginns

    Jermaine

    Do you have any DVDs for Hanon exercises #11-60?

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    12 clarence

    i have not been able to participate, my computer has a virus but i am managing otherwise i would like to get back on board.

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    13 Corey L

    Hello JG!

    I’m a huge fan and been a proud member for almost 5 years now. I wanted to take my playing another level and start play praise songs and shouting buy I have a hard time with the syncopation skill. I try to do the left hand bass runs with the right hand fill ins but I can’t get them with that good off pattern church gospel bluesy feel. So I want to know will the Hanon help with this? Because this is the only weak part of my playing and be feeling back because in service or a jam session I it worship, talk music, or neo soul groove I’ll be on. But when they say “let’s play shout”, I always get up cause I feel embarrassed because I can’t play it. And it hurts me most because I truly desire to play it because it’s the music I grew up on since a child!!!

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    14 Andre'

    Thanks,

    Andre’

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    17 Oriokot

    hi, Jermaine i like the video and thanks a lot.

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    18 Berneice Dycks

    Thanks for the tips to strenghten the left hand. I have Hanon and have gone all the way to No 30. I went back to No 1 and is on No 9 now. The exercises are very helpful .Thanks so much.

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    19 tabletki poronne misoprostol

    That is a good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere. Simple but very precise info… Thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!

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    20 Ruth D

    Thank you for this video. That is one of the things which have hindered my playing. I will put that into practice. Thank you again.
    Ruth

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    21 Bidemi

    Thanks for this first Hanon exercise. Also thanks for your regular blog post and your comlimentary messages for the season. I really love fingering exercises because they make some unique and interesting sound too.

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