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Piano technique exercise N°1 in C

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Piano technique exercise N°1 in C

60bpm, 2 repeats

Notes by C. L. Hanon :

  • Stretch between the fifth and fourth fingers of the left hand in ascending, and the fifth and fourth fingers of the right hand in descending.
  • For each key : As soon as Exercise N°1 is mastered, go on to Exercise N°2 without stopping on the last note.

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How to practice piano more effectively :

  • Practice each hand separately first.
  • Practice Hanon exercises with a metronome (from 60 to 108 bpm). Set a tempo and play exactly with the metronome. Start out slowly enough that you can play the exercises perfectly.
  • Try to practice Hanon Exercise N°1 in the other keys, starting with the white keys (C, D, E, F, G, A, and B) and then going to the black keys (D-flat, E-flat, G-flat, A-flat, and B-flat). You can also transpose Hanon exercises through the cycle of fifths. The fingering remains constant in all keys.
  • Practice with various dynamics. Practice soft, loud and everything in between.
  • As you practice piano, vary the touch. Play staccato, play legato, and play two-note slurs.
  • Practice in different rhythms.
  • And as Charles-Louis Hanon recommends it, practice the exercises by lifting the fingers high and with precision, playing each note very distinctly.


We hope the above tips will help make your piano practice more efficient.

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Joni hilliard (Monday, 15 October 2012 17:40)

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  • #2

    Ethan (Sunday, 16 December 2012 23:43)

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  • #3

    M.Claude (Monday, 28 January 2013 18:13)

    .. Méthode m'a été conseillée par ma prof. de piano ( j'en fais pour la 3e année et 2 ans de solfège)car ai un défautdont j'ai qq difficultés à me débarrasser: ai tendance à jouer à l'intérieur des touches noires...Je vais donc m'entraîner avec cette méthode...Merci

  • #4

    ValeNaiad (Friday, 08 March 2013 16:26)

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  • #5

    ValeNaiad (Saturday, 09 March 2013 04:17)

    There's something I don't understand and it's not in the pdf, how is is that the exercise should be repeated without stopping and starting all over? Because following the sheet the right hand fingering would be 5-4-3-2-1(on B2)-2(on C3)-3(on D3) and 4 (on E3). But the following compass says that a C3 should be played, so which finger should I use to do that? And what is it like for the left hand?

  • #6

    Ron (Tuesday, 02 July 2013 08:19)

    Great site for serious piano work out, loving it!!!

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