Beware The Tension!
The suggestions written in the book should be followed with
I would strongly advice against recommending anyone, as Hanon does in the book, to “continue playing
at a slower tempo if the wrists get fatigued, and then gradually
increase speed as the fatigue goes away”, Warning! this would be asking for
If at any time your wrists or arms feel fatigued: TAKE A BREAK! Or play something else. Do not
try, as also suggested by Hanon, to play through the whole book every day, as you can
get some serious injury.
And, as always when practicing- remember to take breaks every 20-30 minutes to stand up and stretch. It's a healthy habit.
Read more about how to practice without pain here: Learn How To Play Piano Pain Free.
So, apart from adapting to some good
common sense in practicing these Hanon exercises, they are really great:
- They do help to quickly improve finger dexterity and technical skill.
- They also help to develop a familiarity with common patterns both of body/arm/hand movement, and of note reading patterns.