Learn how to play Hanon piano exercises as a beginner! It's easier than you think. Here is a piano lesson for beginners on how to practice Hanon piano exercises. In this lesson, you will learn how to practice the first part of the Hanon book, even when you are just getting started..!
Charles-Louis Hanon's "The Virtuoso Pianist" contains a set of piano exercises for any level. The Hanon exercises are usually taught at more advanced levels but are also great for adult beginners who want more finger dexterity.
If you look at the un-simplified Hanon finger exercises for piano, they may seem really difficult… But don't let the sheet music scare you away!
The notes can look really intimidating on paper. But as you will see in the beginning, the exercises are actually simple 5-finger patterns repeated again and again, ascending and descending.
The first part of the exercises is simple and easy to learn and memorize. I find them the quickest way to "get the fingers going".
You will quickly and efficiently practice all possible combinations of movements between all fingers. By doing so, you will also very soon notice a huge difference in the feeling of agility in your fingers.
They're not the only piano finger exercises you need. To develop a good piano technique, you also need to work on more aspects involving different movements and how to use your whole body when playing.
But the Hanon piano exercises are as good as it gets when you need effective piano finger exercises that are easy to learn.
So, how do you get started as a beginner?
So you actually need to learn only 4 measures! Memorize them as well -it's easy!
Here is the first Hanon exercise where I have marked the measures you need to learn:
Depending on your time available and your level, you could learn this all at once. If it feels hard to do, I recommend dividing the exercise as above but spend 1 day on each step. As you do, you will still reap the benefits from the Hanon exercise, and not only when it's ready!
You don't even have to learn them all to feel the result in your now much more nimble fingers! :)
All the five-finger drills in Hanon piano exercises are made the same way. So you can use the plan for all of them. Focus on learning a couple or more, and keep playing them daily for best results.