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Post by Depo007 on Sun Jun 15, 2008 12:57 pm

I just viewed Andrew's video covering the HANON exercises, and they intrigue me. Do you think that getting the book is a worthy investment (total with shipping is 10 and a half dollars), or do the cons outweigh the pros of the exercises?
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Re: The HANON Book

Post by Thomandy on Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:48 pm

Depo007 wrote:I just viewed Andrew's video covering the HANON exercises, and they intrigue me. Do you think that getting the book is a worthy investment (total with shipping is 10 and a half dollars), or do the cons outweigh the pros of the exercises?

Buy it Wink Its 10$. Its nothing! Razz
Or find them free, thats up to you! Smile

But there are only pros?? What negative is there about the exercises? Everyone of them will help you get better, Im sure.
This women Andrew is talking about?! She sais it isnt important, BUT of course its importnt. Learning good armteqniq is Also important. But Hanon also teches your mind to separate the fingers and to have total controll over each and every finger.
I cant see anything relevant that argues against Hanon!! But Scales are even more important Wink hehe
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Re: The HANON Book

Post by Phi on Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:43 pm

I used Hanon for a while, but it just wasn't reasonable.

They expect you to play every exercise you've learnt 3 times without stopping, once a day.
For someone who is halfway through the second book, that'll take 4hrs... just playing HANON!!

Besides, the exercises don't develop hand-independence, since both hands play the same thing.

On the good side, playing Hanon exercises [ex. 13] has made my pinkies stronger; and yes, several exercises help you gain better control over your fingers.

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Re: The HANON Book

Post by VictorCS on Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:21 am

The guitar made my left hand pretty strong Smile

So if you got a weak left hand, buy a guitar ^_^
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Post by Depo007 on Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:54 am

Quite the opposite, in fact. I'm a left-handed person, so it's actually my right hand that's weaker.

Thanks for all of the advice and comments. I'll probably end up buying the book after I find out how much my college bill will be for the fall semester.
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Post by Thomandy on Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:13 am

Phi wrote:I used Hanon for a while, but it just wasn't reasonable.

They expect you to play every exercise you've learnt 3 times without stopping, once a day.
For someone who is halfway through the second book, that'll take 4hrs... just playing HANON!!

Besides, the exercises don't develop hand-independence, since both hands play the same thing.

On the good side, playing Hanon exercises [ex. 13] has made my pinkies stronger; and yes, several exercises help you gain better control over your fingers.

Well, Its not like you got to play as you say! You pick one ex. and play that 5-10 times trough fex as a warmup. It takes about 10min when you know the ex. And then you are done for the day.

If you want it to make your hands independent?! Then just play legato with one hand and stacato with the other! Shift, and boom you got a independenceexercize aswell Wink

Hanon at least 3x10min a week is a "minimum" and works great besides scaletraining Smile
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Re: The HANON Book

Post by kwesifriends on Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:57 am

Maybe I'll try this e-book.
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Re: The HANON Book

Post by Depo007 on Sat Jun 21, 2008 12:03 pm

While free is definitely a good thing, and my computer does actually sit next to my keyboard, I really would prefer to have a physical copy of the exercises. It just makes playing things easier than staring at a monitor (I'd have to turn my head to the right while playing anyway). I've downloaded the first set of exercises and have decided that I will buy the book, but only after I figure out how much I'm going to be paying for college this fall.
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Re: The HANON Book

Post by Depo007 on Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:51 am

Well, I caved and bought it. I'm glad I did, too. They're great exercises, although I'm still working on getting up to a 108 tempo on the first exercise though. :p
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Re: The HANON Book

Post by Thomandy on Mon Jul 07, 2008 4:19 am

Depo007 wrote:Well, I caved and bought it. I'm glad I did, too. They're great exercises, although I'm still working on getting up to a 108 tempo on the first exercise though. :p

Oh yeah, there as that aswell.. I havnt really thought about the tempo I use. But I can do hanon nr 1 at 200..
The other ones I have racticed is doable on around 135-150 I think.. Speed just suddanly appears! Nothing to rush I guess Smile
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Re: The HANON Book

Post by Kahlan on Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:18 am

VictorCS wrote:The guitar made my left hand pretty strong Smile

So if you got a weak left hand, buy a guitar ^_^

Thanks for the tip, my left hand is weak, so mabye i will start playing a little gitar too, i have one in my "music room" Very Happy But i never played on it, dont know why realy confused
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Re: The HANON Book

Post by jazzylady on Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:20 am

Hi everyone -- I have just bought the hanon exercises book, also book 3 the alfreds course . I need to do plenty of finger exercises ,so it will help me alot --- cheers Very Happy

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Re: The HANON Book

Post by Rickard on Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:36 am

Hanon= waste of time plus alot of other disadvantages. Here's why Hanon exercises suck, plain and simple:
http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.III.7.8

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Re: The HANON Book

Post by Matthieu Stepec on Fri Dec 03, 2010 11:29 am

I totally agree with Rickard. The link he provided gives consistent arguments and should be read by EVERYONE who is trying to practice with Hanon now.

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