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#428661 - 03/06/06 11:57 AM Finger exercices...
patlou Offline
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Registered: 02/01/06
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I start to be a little confused about the fingering exercices. Wich one to chose : my teacher gave me some Duvernoy, Pischna... I also have a book of Czerny and I know the Hanon exercices.

What is the difference between them ?
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#428662 - 03/06/06 12:30 PM Re: Finger exercices...
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I dont think it makes too much difference, they are all basically just tools to get more finger independence, evenness and speed. I tend to mix between them just to keep from getting bored. The danger is that because they are repetitive, you stop listening and start thinking about your shopping list or whatever. Try inventing your own Which Czerny book do you have? The studies are in a different category to Hanon, Schmitt. The Brahms exercises are also very good although they are a good bit harder than Hanon.

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#428663 - 03/06/06 12:57 PM Re: Finger exercices...
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I don't have the book with me right now but I think the title is "For pianist beginers" or something like that... About Pischna I only have a copy from my teacher and it is from the book "Little Pischna" I think.
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#428664 - 03/06/06 02:39 PM Re: Finger exercices...
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my 2 cents is to not just do exercises. You should have no problem choosing which ones to do if you first identify your weaknesses. Then you can choose your exercises accordingly. This way you can zero in on the problem and avoid doing things that you don't need to do.
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#428665 - 03/06/06 08:46 PM Re: Finger exercices...
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Originally posted by bach enthusiast:
my 2 cents is to not just do exercises. You should have no problem choosing which ones to do if you first identify your weaknesses. Then you can choose your exercises accordingly. This way you can zero in on the problem and avoid doing things that you don't need to do. [/b]
Absolutely. Execessive wear and tear should be avoided at all costs.
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#428666 - 03/06/06 08:54 PM Re: Finger exercices...
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I think the exercise book that your teacher knows the best is the best for you to use... there are several books which all aim at the same thing "technique". and as noted above they only work if you are really paying attention to the detail...so too much is not good.

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#428667 - 03/07/06 05:52 AM Re: Finger exercices...
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On reflection I agree with Bach Enthousiast. There are plenty of examples in the standard repertoire that can be used to work on specific technical issues. For example, try running through the prelude to Bach's second English suite through a couple of times instead of the first 20 Hanon exercises. http://www.sheetmusicarchive.net/compositions_b/engsuit2.pdf

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#428668 - 03/07/06 09:52 AM Re: Finger exercices...
patlou Offline
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The problem is that I realize now that I have a gap on the level of my fourth finger. That causes me problems in certain partitions I am working on actually.

I spoke about it with my teacher yesterday (I was discouraged, noting that my hands do not want to follow my thought, I have tendency to "tumble" the notes) and she said to me that I am too severe on myself since I started again my piano lessons a year and half ago but I play partitions which require usually 5-6 years of practice...

She gave me exercises of Schmitt Op.16 for my blasted fourth finger which has despaired me for a few weeks!!

Thank you Tom for the part... I will try it for shure !!

P.S: Sorry for my english wich is probably worst than my fourth finger ;-)
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