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Piano technique exercise N°1 in C

Piano technique exercise N°1 in C

60bpm,   2 repeats

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The Virtuoso Pianist by C. L. HANON
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Piano Exercise N° 1 - 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.

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: 36
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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?

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  • #7

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  • #8

    Sanjay agarwal (Tuesday, 22 November 2016)

    I am not able to read the exercise and practice Hanson exercises. Please help.

  • #9

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  • #10

    Bianka Matyas (Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:33)

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  • #11

    Olivier Loose (Sunday, 18 June 2017 14:19)

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  • #12

    jean gendron (Friday, 24 November 2017 02:14)

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  • #13

    grant (Thursday, 08 February 2018 06:09)

    it would be good if you shared what fingers to use and how to play it because as a complete novice im a bit lost

  • #14

    Kelly Mah (Thursday, 31 May 2018 09:29)

    Try with different tempo. Add on staccato, could empower your finger strength.

  • #15

    Gurnemanz (Monday, 18 June 2018 10:33)

    Great site - thank you for the effort of collecting all the exercises.

    In the description of the first exercise is written:
    "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. "

    But if I read the score correctly, the stretch is in 5-4 left and 1-2 Right Hand. Both in the ascending part.

    In the descending part is no stretch.

  • #16

    Nelson meza f (Saturday, 25 August 2018)

    Los ejercicios son muy buenos pero lastima que todo es en ingles y nada en español

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  • #19

    Alexandra (Friday, 23 August 2019 09:48)

    Thank so much for having this site up, have the notes in a book but find it easier to play if I know what it sounds like. I have a question though: in my book it says it should be played M.M. 60-108. That seems so slow. I mean M.M. 60 is like the the seconds dial on a clock, right? 108 seems pretty slow too. Have I misunderstood the pacing? I'm thinking you play one note per metronome, but is it actually the whole measure?

  • #20

    crispiano (Saturday, 04 January 2020 05:08)

    Dear Alexandra, when you set the metronome in 60,, it's mean than you have to play four notes for each clic of metronome M.M. 60,. so the exercise is 2/4 or two clic for each measure. regard

  • #21

    luke (Sunday, 19 January 2020 22:53)

    so it says to start with the metronome at 60 bpm, but then it also says start slow enough that you can play the exercise perfectly. so is it okay to start at less than 60 bpm if i can't play it perfectly at 60? for exercise 1, i can play in C with only a few mistakes, but once i switch to other keys, i can't come close to playing perfectly at 60 bpm. maybe i could play perfectly at 30 bpm. so is it okay to start there?

  • #22

    Iswangga (Thursday, 06 February 2020 10:34)

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  • #23

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  • #28

    Leigh Kay (Tuesday, 01 September 2020 13:36)

    Thank you

  • #29

    Jocelyne (Tuesday, 15 September 2020 07:35)

    Thank you/merci. I have been looking for exercises to help me and I am so happy I found your exercises. Cannot wait to start practicing.

  • #30

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  • #31

    Steve (Wednesday, 23 December 2020 07:57)

    Luke, comment 22, it's perfectly fine to start below the 60 bpm. You should play it with separate hands to get the feel for it and join them together. Make sure your wrists are not the ones pushing down the keys but rather your fingers. Good luck.

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