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Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist

The classic collection of piano exercises for developing finger technique.

Charles-Louis Hanon published his 60 famous piano exercises in 1873, and they’re still used by piano students around the world today. Love ’em or hate ’em, if you practice them regularly, they’ll improve your piano ability.

Each exercise focuses on a particular finger or technique — like pinky strength, thumb crossing and trills. Hanon intended them to be learned and practiced in order; they get progressively more challenging.

We’ll be expanding this list of exercises to include all 60, as we are able. Enjoy!

1 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 1

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.

2 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 2

Fingers 3-4.

3 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 3

Fingers 2-3-4.

4 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 4

Special exercise for the 3rd, 4th and 5th fingers of the hand.

5 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 5

Fingers 1-2-3-4-5.

6 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 6

Finger 5.

7 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 7

Exercise of the greatest importance for the 3rd, 4th and 5th fingers.

8 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 8

Very important exercise for all five fingers.

9 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 9

Extension of the 4th and 5th, and general finger exercise.

10 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 10

Preparation for the trill, for the 3rd and 4th fingers of the left hand in ascending; and for the 3rd and 4th of the right, descending.

11 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 11

Another preparation for the trill, for the 4th and 5th fingers.

12 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 12

Extension of 1-5, and exercise for 3-4-5.

13 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 13

Fingers 3-4-5.

14 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 14

Another preparation for the trill, for the 3rd and 4th fingers.

15 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 15

Extension of 1-2, and exercise for all 5 fingers.

16 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 16

Extension of 3-5, and exercise for 3-4-5.

17 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 17

Extension of 1-2, 2-4, 4-5, and exercise for 3-4-5.

18 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 18

Fingers 1-2-3-4-5.

19 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 19

Fingers 1-2-3-4-5.

20 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 20

Extension of 2-4, 4-5, and exercise for 2-3-4.

21 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 21

Observe that the work done by the 3rd, 4th and 5th fingers of the left hand in the first beat of every measure is repeated inversely by the same fingers of the right hand in the third beat of the same measure.

22 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 22

Same object as Ex. 21 (3-4-5).

23 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 23

Fingers 3-4-5.

24 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 24

Fingers 3-4-5.

25 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 25

Fingers 1-2-3-4-5.

26 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 26

Fingers 1-2-3-4-5.

27 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 27

Prepares the 4th and 5th fingers for the trill given further on.

28 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 28

Fingers 3-4-5.

29 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 29

Preparation for the trill, for all five fingers.

30 The Virtuoso Pianist, Ex. 30

Trill alternating between 1-2 and 4-5.