Preparatory A (from 2+). Lesson 36
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How was your week?
Today in our Pedagogy Class we are going to learn a little more about the Hanon #1 Exercise:
I start all of my students with ‘stretches,’ the first Hannon exercise. This exercise is like the ‘ignition key’ for the car, namely the hand. Hannon helps to cover the space of the entire keyboard, using all of the fingers in turn. It gives the perception an important lesson: the ocean of keys isn’t so wide, and it is easy to swim in it. It shows how to move around in the space in circular movements, and how stretching the fingers helps to skip across a key in order to continue moving.
Beginners first play Hannon with stiff fingers, which is natural. The main assignment of this exercise is to ‘awaken’ the mechanics of the hand and to force every finger to work independently. It implements a simple guidance in its activities: “stretch, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven.” Later, when the fingers have been properly worked out, kids easily place their hands down with rounded palms and play with the tips of their fingers.
Repeat the Preparatory exercise for Hanon that you downloaded last week
For your little student: print out the following pictures and help your toddler to play it with FUN. Don't push!
We call the exercise The Caterpillar:
Put your thumb on any key. Skip the next key and say “skip,” and then go in order towards your pinkie and say: one, two, three.
And then from the pinkie march with your fingers backwards:
And say “four, five, six, seven.”
As you see, your thumb is now on the next key! Start this all over again and again!
Watch how our student Ivan learning to play the exercise using his right hand
LMZ file for the Full Hanon #1 Exercise is here
Add it to your library and start practicing on your own. Offer your toddler to play couple of bars, but don't push it!
Keep practicing all of your favorite piano pieces and exercises!
Here is the Hallelujah played by me. If you ever want to master the piece from Favorite Classic 2, you may enjoy not just listening to these videos, but to play alone with me simultaneously:
Hallelujah with metronome:
Enjoy listening and learning this week!
Best regards, Hellene Hiner.