Product Description by our Music Experts
Hanon’s hugely popular Virtuoso Pianist improves your piano technique through sixty progressive studies, giving you the finger agility and strength to become a virtuoso pianist!
Hanon’s famous exercise book
Charles-Louis Hanon was a famous virtuoso pianist from France, who composed this series of exercises - now the most widely used exercise book among piano teachers and students. The original book has been used for well over 100 years, and this version is updated by Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale, to make it more relevant for contemporary pianists.
Sixty progressive exercises
Hanon’s sixty exercises for two hands are based on scales, arpeggios and other patterns, and aim to develop your piano technique, focusing on agility and equal finger/hand strength. The exercises get harder through the book, starting off with ‘preparatory exercises’ for different areas. The book focuses a lot on fingering, practising different fingering changes until you have mastered movements such as ‘turning the thumb under’, extending fingers wide, reaching octaves and different intervals (e.g. 3rds, 6ths) and quadruple- and triple-trills, and other skills like tremolo, chromatic scales, repeated notes in groups of 2, 3, 4, and dominant/diminished sevenths. The music is fully labelled with fingerings and articulation.
A full piano playing workout
Being a virtuoso pianist (a player with outstanding technical ability) requires rigorous technical practise as well as practising pieces, and this book is designed to train you in all the important skills for virtuoso playing:
- To improve the agility, strength, ‘perfect evenness’ and independence of your fingers, and increase the suppleness of your wrist
- To solve the common problem of poor strength in the 4th and 5th fingers, and the left hand being weaker than the right
- Aims to equally train all five fingers of both hands
The intro to each section tells you:
- How to move your fingers, hands and wrists in that exercise
- How to practise the exercises
- What this exercise improves
The notes from the author encourage you to play through the exercises you have learnt every day. The book is designed so that once you’ve mastered the first three exercises, you play them back to back, and so on until you can play the whole book. Hanon said that in order to become a true virtuoso pianist you should play through the whole book front to back once a day (the whole book takes one hour to play through)!