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Hanon - A selection from "The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises"


The ‘60 Exercises’ have for well over a century been a cornerstone in the acquisition of strong, independent finger technique. All the exercises in the present volume can be very easily memorized, and it is essential that this memorization be demanded of the student. The pattern of each exercise is established in the first bar and is repeated without change until the top of the sequence is reached. The same then applies in descending form. It is in the memorization of the exercises that the mind will be released to attend to the critical technical issues for which the exercises are intended. Additionally, other variants as well as a basic legato can easily be practiced using the basic format of the exercises, and some of these are shown in the five alternative variants following each exercise.

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