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Jan
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comment Is Hanon's “Virtuoso Pianist” good for self-taught musician?
I have just finished playing through all 60 exercises in 1 hour and 20 minutes. Last year as a result of playing the acoustic guitar for a 6 hour live gig on St Patrick's Day using poor technique and inadequate amplfication, I developed RSI in my left hand and a pain in the base of my thumb. When I practise Hanon every day the pain disappears. I'm not saying it's Hanon specifically that does that, but that it seems to be no more harmful than other approaches and readies me to play the improvisations I would like to play from my head.
Jan
28
comment Is Hanon's “Virtuoso Pianist” good for self-taught musician?
If I change my mind about using Hanon I'm not to proud to say so, but so far it's a useful tool, and like all tools needs to be used appropriately for the job.
Jan
28
comment Is Hanon's “Virtuoso Pianist” good for self-taught musician?
The other pupil started recently and wanted to progress as quickly as possible. He is diligent, practises for an hour or more at least 3 days per week, as work and voluntary activities allow. Using the 'boot camp' principle, After 9 months he can now play through the first 20 exercises in an hour if he so wished. He has been using a beginner's piano book to get the hang of playing tunes and is studying a music theory book alongside all this. He is about to begin learning his first Bach invention.
Jan
28
comment Is Hanon's “Virtuoso Pianist” good for self-taught musician?
Play gently and carefully. I have two, one has been with me for 10 years, is learning for fun, has relatively little time to practise, but uses it diligently. For her, the Hanon's 60 is a useful repository of scales etc in one place, and I can call on specific exercises to tackle particular that arise with technique etc. Once a year or so I ask her to practice through the first 20 exercises just to cover the ground.
Jan
28
comment Is Hanon's “Virtuoso Pianist” good for self-taught musician?
The advice below is exactly what I tell my pupils.