Finger Exercises For Piano Lessons – Hanon-Schaum Book 1

There are quite a few finger exercise books my mom bought me when I took piano lessons at a young age and they all helped increase the agility my fingers hadn’t had by getting them use to moving at different paces and reach a wider range of keys. One of the books that were helpful was an exercise book called Hanon-Schaum, Book 1and we’ll go through its contents and creator below.

Finger Exercises Using Hanon-Schaum For Piano Book 1

Charles-Louis Hanon was a well-known French pianist during the mid to late 1800s who wrote a very popular exercise book called
The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises – Complete (Comb-Bound)
. The finger exercises you’ll learn in Hanon-Schaum for Piano Book 1 contains 32 pages of techniques that strengthen your fingers and aides in learning how to play the piano better. Each piece is written with eighth notes to help you work at a faster pace, separates the play from the left hand and right hand by performing at a distance of two octaves from one another, and is geared towards children and adults.

There are a total of 24 lessons with the first 20 lasting one page each while lessons 21 through 24 are two pages long. Hanon-Schaum wanted to create as much agility in his pupils fingers by arranging notes in both ascending and descending order, getting as much exercise for each finger. This helps you think about the movement of your fingers as you play each note, almost similar to learning how to type.

Finger Exercises Using Hanon-Schaum For Piano Book 1 – Exercise 1 Excerpt

To see what kind of finger exercises you’ll get in this book, I’ve added an excerpt from it. It is the first exercise, simply called No. 1, showing the ascending lesson:

 

Excerpt From Hanon-Schaum For Piano Book 1

Excerpt From Hanon-Schaum For Piano Book 1

There are quite a few finger exercise books my mom bought me when I took piano lessons at a young age and they all helped increase the agility my fingers hadn’t had by getting them use to moving at different paces and reach a wider range of keys. One of the books that were helpful was an exercise book called Hanon-Schaum, Book 1and we’ll go through its contents and creator below.

Finger Exercises Using Hanon-Schaum For Piano Book 1

Charles-Louis Hanon was a well-known French pianist during the mid to late 1800s who wrote a very popular exercise book called The Virtuoso Pianist. The finger exercises you’ll learn in Hanon-Schaum for Piano Book 1 contains 32 pages of techniques that strengthen your fingers and aides in learning how to play the piano better. Each piece is written with eighth notes to help you work at a faster pace, separates the play from the left hand and right hand by performing at a distance of two octaves from one another, and is geared towards children and adults.

There are a total of 24 lessons with the first 20 lasting one page each while lessons 21 through 24 are two pages long. Hanon-Schaum wanted to create as much agility in his pupils fingers by arranging notes in both ascending and descending order, getting as much exercise for each finger. This helps you think about the movement of your fingers as you play each note, almost similar to learning how to type.

Finger Exercises Using Hanon-Schaum For Piano Book 1 – Exercise 1 Excerpt

To see what kind of finger exercises you’ll get in this book, I’ve added an excerpt from it. It is the first exercise, simply called No. 1, showing the ascending lesson:

Excerpt From Hanon-Schaum For Piano Book 1

There’s a lot of information here, so let’s break it down. Underneath the title of the lesson is a note for teachers and if you’re an aspiring piano teacher or a parent that wants to help your child with their lessons, this book has some helpful information in the forward. You don’t have to be a teacher or parent to use this book for your own personal lessons.

After that, you’re given directions on how to manage these exercises on a daily basis. You’ll learn one for the entire week, practicing it five times a day and the following week do the same for the new lesson, but repeat the previous week’s exercise once a day. Taking the time to practice like this everyday will increase your piano playing and reading skills.

The last part is the actual lesson that shows the starting finger positions for each note in the first bar for top and bottom clef staffs. This is done so that you’ll know how to approach each bar there after as you ascend and descend the keys on your piano keyboard.

Finger Exercises Using Hanon-Schaum For Piano Book 1 – Audio Files

Below are three audio files for this particular lesson. The first audio you’ll hear me play the treble clef notes, the second is of the bass clef notes, and finally the entire exercise. Click the play button to listen to the first clip (each audio file will open up in a new window):

 

Hanon Schaum Book 1 Treble Clef Exercise 1

Hanon Schaum Book 1 Bass Clef Exercise 1

Hanon Schaum Book 1 Exercise 1

Conclusion

Hanon-Schaum Book 1Hanon-Schaum, Book 1 is an excellent book for adults and children who are looking to begin taking piano lessons. The finger exercises are detailed in their arrangements but also provide a comfortable way to learn how to play the piano. If you’re interested in buying this book for your collection, click the image to the left to order yours today.

Did you try the lesson above? If so, were you able to figure out the descending part? Leave your comment below.

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