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Piano technique exercise N°16 in C

Piano technique exercise N°16 in C

60bpm,   2 repeats

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The Virtuoso Pianist by C. L. HANON
Part 1 transposed in all keys

PDF Format - 283 pages - 240 Piano exercises



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Piano technique exercises 1 to 20


Notes by C. L. Hanon :

  • Extension of the 3rd and 5th fingers.
  • Exercise for the 3rd, 4th and 5th fingers of the hand.

How to practice piano more effectively :

  • Practice each hand separately first.
  • Practice this exercise slowly in the beginning (metronome on 60). If you played it easily, and precisely with the metronome, move the tempo up one notch. Continue to practice in this way until you reach 108 bpm.
  • Try to practice Hanon Exercise N°16 in the other keys, starting with the white keys (C, D, E, F, G, A, and B) and then going to the black keys (D-flat, E-flat, G-flat, A-flat, and B-flat).
  • Practice with various dynamics. Practice soft, loud and everything in between.
  • As you practice, vary the touch. Play staccato, play legato, and play two-note slurs.
  • Practice in different rhythms.
  • And as Charles-Louis Hanon recommends it, practice the exercises by lifting the fingers high and with precision, playing each note very distinctly.


We hope the above tips will help make your piano practice more efficient.

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Comments: 1
  • #1

    Louis (Friday, 07 September 2018 04:10)

    Why, in the second half (measure 15) is the first descending interval a fourth and not a third as it is in the first half?

    In the first half, the interval of a third between the first and second notes forces an interval of a fourth between the fourth and fifth notes, causing an extension between fingers 3 and 5 of the right hand as described in Hanon's notes.

    However, in the second half, the interval of a FOURTH between the first and second notes forces an interval of a THIRD between the fourth and fifth notes. Thus there is no extension between fingers 3 and 5 of the LEFT hand. The only extension is between fingers 1 and 3 of the left hand, but that's not as challenging.

    It seems odd that the left hand is ignored, especially as Hanon explicitly states in the beginning that both hands will receive similar practice.

    Is there some reasoning or counterbalancing exercise I'm missing?

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