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#2189130 - 11/27/13 10:04 AM Your favorite finger exercise resourse
Nirmala Offline
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What piano exercise book or tools have you used which was the most helpful in improving your piano technique? Please share your recommendations!

The book I used that helped my finger strength and coordination was "Boris Berlin's Essential Daily Exercises for Piano". It was super easy to use with a variety of sets that could be used daily and were progressively more difficult.


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#2189204 - 11/27/13 01:03 PM Re: Your favorite finger exercise resourse [Re: Nirmala]
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The thing that helped me develop a technique was learning the Taubman method.
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#2189214 - 11/27/13 01:17 PM Re: Your favorite finger exercise resourse [Re: Nirmala]
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Without a doubt, Bach's Well Tempered Clavier
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#2189234 - 11/27/13 01:38 PM Re: Your favorite finger exercise resourse [Re: Nirmala]
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When I was 16 years old I learned all my scales-- major, minor, both hands together, multiple octaves. I'd known many of them before, but I finally really learned all 24 of them.

By technique improved by a lot in a few months.

Goldberg memorization progress: Aria -> V13 (45%...)

#2189308 - 11/27/13 05:05 PM Re: Your favorite finger exercise resourse [Re: Nirmala]
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That is easy, my Virgil Practice Clavier. No other resource matters in comparison.
"It is inadvisable to decline a dinner invitation from a plump woman." - Fred Hollows

#2189311 - 11/27/13 05:08 PM Re: Your favorite finger exercise resourse [Re: Nirmala]
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Cramer-Bulow 60 selected studies!

Edited by chopinoholic (11/27/13 05:08 PM)

#2189315 - 11/27/13 05:19 PM Re: Your favorite finger exercise resourse [Re: Nirmala]
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I dunno I've used Hanon and Schmitt but not extensively so I can't really vouch for either of them. Can't say I found them too helpful because I dropped them both relatively quickly.

I really think that whole develop your technique making music rather than playing exercises makes a lot of sense for me. As much as I practice scales, they're never as fast as when I play them as runs in a mozart sonata, for instance.

#2189316 - 11/27/13 05:22 PM Re: Your favorite finger exercise resourse [Re: Nirmala]
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Bach and Cramer
All theory, dear friend, is grey, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.

#2189386 - 11/27/13 08:19 PM Re: Your favorite finger exercise resourse [Re: Nirmala]
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Geoffrey Tankard's Pianoforte Technique.
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#2189387 - 11/27/13 08:37 PM Re: Your favorite finger exercise resourse [Re: Nirmala]
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I don't know but I noticed my technique had improved a lot when I finished all of Bach 2 and 3-part inventions.
Amateurs practice until they can get it right; professionals practice until they canít get it wrong.

#2189491 - 11/28/13 02:38 AM Re: Your favorite finger exercise resourse [Re: Nirmala]
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The thing is, just because you play an exercise or piece repetitively does not mean your technique will automatically improve. You have to know what you're practicing, at the very least, in order to make the practice effective.

So, in terms of "improving" technique, I find all of these books virtually useless.. unless you know, specifically, what it is you're trying to improve before you even begin the exercise. wink
Every day we are afforded a new chance. The problem with life is not that you run out of chances. In the end, what you run out of are days.

#2189499 - 11/28/13 03:25 AM Re: Your favorite finger exercise resourse [Re: Nirmala]
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Dohnanyi, plus some Hanon.

#2189604 - 11/28/13 11:27 AM Re: Your favorite finger exercise resourse [Re: Nirmala]
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To expand in durulux's comment, I create my own exercises when I have a technical problem. If there is something I am not used to doing, I will begin writing pieces or parts or simply improvising using the new technique. This way I get to put it into a musical context and can go as fast or as slow or as simple or as complex as I like. For instance a few years ago I started getting into some more left hand heavy material. Rather than playing all the new left hand parts ridiculously slowly and unmusically ten thousand times I wrote some simpler pieces using more left hand stretches and progressively built on this until my left hand technique eventually surpassed the necessary requirements of the pieces the technique was introduced in. Not only did I expand my technique, but I got to practice writing as well. Plus all the technical practice remained in a musical context.

#2190183 - 11/29/13 05:42 PM Re: Your favorite finger exercise resourse [Re: Nirmala]
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Dohnanyi's Essential Finger Exercises.

Music is my best friend.


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