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Somewhere else on this forum somebody mentioned practicing hanon in all keys.

Which made me realize, nobody made me play Hanon in any other key than C. That's probably why my left hand technique on certain passages isn't as good as it can be.

Is practicing Hanon in all keys common?

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I believe that practising hannons in all keys is common. I have a whole book of hannons somehwhere. C is probably the first one that everyone learns, I don't think anyone has to make you play them you are probably just suppose to do them. If you are learning D maj for eaxample then you do the d maj hannon etc. Just a nice exercise to warm up with.

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I can't comment on whether it is common or not. But, I had studied Hanon in different keys, and also in various rhythmic variations.
Some consider it as a waste of time. However while I was studying those exercises I hadn't spent more than 15-20 minutes on them daily, yet benefited very much in my later years.

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Ok. Well, back then as a kid I don't see how I would automatically play in all keys if nobody told me to.

Maybe I should print out those hanon and see how playing in different keys feels like.

It's ironic because I'm picking up the viola and only then I was thinking, huh, I need to learn these things in all kinds of different keys, and I thought, NO! Not these exercises all over again! I was showing a violinist friend Hanon exercises and that kind of got me wondering.

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I don't do it in "all keys", but I'll transpose whatever Hanon exercise I'm working on to an alternative key when I feel that particular key needs work.

I find that it does a lot to improve my familiarity with the keyboard geography of less familiar (to me) keys.


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Originally Posted by Elysia
I believe that practising hannons in all keys is common. I have a whole book of hannons somehwhere. C is probably the first one that everyone learns, I don't think anyone has to make you play them you are probably just suppose to do them. If you are learning D maj for eaxample then you do the d maj hannon etc. Just a nice exercise to warm up with.


The man's name is Hanon.


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I believe that practising hannons in all keys is common. I have a whole book of hannons somehwhere. C is probably the first one that everyone learns, I don't think anyone has to make you play them you are probably just suppose to do them. If you are learning D maj for eaxample then you do the d maj hannon etc. Just a nice exercise to warm up with.


The man's name is Hanon.


haha lol ya thats defenetly a detail i would go years missing. I just always thought the exercises were called hannons. I did not know the man's name was hanon. did mr.hanon create the hanons. All these years and i don't know this

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Originally Posted by Lingyis
Is practicing Hanon in all keys common?

In my opinion, practising Hanon in all keys is a waste of time. To practise the keys of Db and E is sufficient.

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The reason I play them in all the keys is so it won't make a bit of difference what key I'm playing in - ever. I'll hit 2 or 3 keys a day around the cir of 5ths; play all the scales in the back; and scales in the Dan Hurley book, scales for jazz improvisation. around the circle of 5ths. If I'm really hitting the technique, I spend more time on all that, but lately I haven't spent more than about 20 minutes a session on technique. I just like doing it. some people like to jog; I like to play scales.


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This site has Hanon in all keys... I want to go through all the exercises again as soon as I buy my new piano after Easter to get used to its new action. smile



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Just play the exercise in whatever key it is. e.g. if you're in G - the f is always an F# - etc.


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Actually I think practicing Hannon exercises in its original key or in any other key is a waste of time. The purpose of playing these exercises is to strengthen the fingers, which you can do when you play a piece of music.

However I think it's not just strong fingers is what makes you play well, each time you play, your mind has to connect with every single note that you play and you can do that easily in Hannon exercises because they're steady sixteenths without much variation. But this is not real music.

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Isn't there a footnote in the Hanon volume that suggests playing them in all keys? So my memory tells me, but that memory is decades old. Or maybe that doesn't appear in all editions.

I don't think it's necessary to play them in all keys, but a few with lots of black keys involved will certainly help.

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I tried it once, but I think I fell asleep before I got through c minor. smile


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Yes, it is common to practice Hanon in all keys, or at least some keys other than C major. I remember reading that, at one time, playing a randomly selected Hanon exercise in a randomly selected key was an examination item at the Moscow Conservatory.

Personally, I have been doing exercises 21-30 in the major keys, sticking to one key per month. I am somewhere in my second pass through all the keys, and I think it has been useful (obviously, or I wouldn't keep it up).


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So far I've just tried Hanon in D major, usually 1-20. I can see where a jazz pianist might benefit from all twelve keys for improvisation, but otherwise I think a handful of keys with good mixes of blacks and whites is sufficient.

I may try a couple of minor keys, too, just for variety.


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I have never played Hanon in a different key, but I don't see what it would hurt. I am one of those people that hated having to practice Hanon's, but now that I am teaching, I do put my students through the same 'torture'. It is so helpful in the long run, I think practicing in different keys would give you a bit more control and that would be even more helpful! Thanks for the idea! smile


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Yea, I believe that was one of the forums I posted. But somebody posted it as a suggestion for it. I mean, if you know how to play it in all keys, you get a little key signature practice and you may expand your technical abilities even further. The Hanon Exercises are my summer project. I want to learn them and key signature as well as I can by next school year when I am in band as the pianist. And I am super excited. Ready to practice for hours on end. Well, I hope I could help.

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Originally Posted by Elysia
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I believe that practising hannons in all keys is common. I have a whole book of hannons somehwhere. C is probably the first one that everyone learns, I don't think anyone has to make you play them you are probably just suppose to do them. If you are learning D maj for eaxample then you do the d maj hannon etc. Just a nice exercise to warm up with.


The man's name is Hanon.


haha lol ya thats defenetly a detail i would go years missing. I just always thought the exercises were called hannons. I did not know the man's name was hanon. did mr.hanon create the hanons. All these years and i don't know this


Charles-Louis Hanon, (1819-1900) was a French piano pedagogue and piano teacher. The complete title - in English - of this oft-discussed work is : The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises for the Piano For the Acquirement of Agility, Independence, Strength, and Perfect Evenness in the Fingers, as well as Suppleness of the Wrist. (Le pianiste virtuose en 60 exercices calculés pour acquérir l'agilité, l'indépendance, la force et la plus parfaite égalité des doigts ainsi que la souplesse des poignets). When people talk about "doing Hanon" they are simply saying that they are playing Hanon's exercises, as one would say "playing (some) Chopin," or "working on some Brahms (pieces)."

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His name is Charles Louis Hanon and the exercises are referred to generally as "Hanon" and not Hannons. Plaidy, Schmitt, Wolfe, Joseffy, Pischna, are all names of the people who wrote and or developed the exercises.

Familiarity with the topography of the keyboard is essential in the development of a pianist and practising the exercises in all keys is one way to become familiar with the problems a change of key can present.

Lhevinne, in his book, and in an interview with James Francis Cooke, states the examiners in the Russian conservatories do ask for Hanon exercises and specify the key as well as the tempo. The book suggests a tempo of 108 MM to a quarter. Lhevinne states that the examiners expected 208.

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