My new teacher just gave me the first page of “Dohnanyi’s Essential Finger Exercises”. Boy, are they challenging. Of course, I like a challenge. Documents Similar To Dohnanyi Erno Book Essential Finger Exercises. Alfred Cortot – Rational Principles Of Pianoforte Uploaded by. Daniela. Ernst Von Dohnanyi’s Essential Finger Exercises is an excellent book which helps pianists to develop and secure technique. (Z) en-GB.

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Or tell your teacher to bring you some Brahms.

Mikester, I know dxercises reading these forums that most execises are not highly regarded. My teacher gave my 12 which is all big chords in many different positions. If playing seriously e. Bach inventions 2 part are often some of the earliest pieces given to help the left and right hands gain independence from each other – a very difficult and important hurdle for beginners.

Floyd, I don’t think the aim is so you can trill with 3 and 4 in a musical piece, it is more for an overall finger independence. I think the clapping dance works better in cultures where that kind of dance is common. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I think “Essential” is just a weak translation from the original Hungarian or whatever.

I loved the density of these exercises, after enjoying Czerny and Hanon, but would be remiss suggesting them without a teacher. The same goes with the other finger combinations. But I ran into a problem with these; they’re very intense, and fortunately I caught a side effect, as noted.

What works and doesn’t go against the natural.


Dohnanyi | Essential Finger Exercises (Piano)

Learn how your comment data is processed. We need more to find how to coordinate our muscles instead of building our muscles. Please, focus on ” under supervision of a teacher ” and what others have written: As she got one hand then the next, separately. Share in the comments below. The author, a Hungarian composer and conductor, was also a noted pianist, and became a United States citizen in I had a very hard time with 1 at first, especially with L hand.

It seems, at least for me, there’s a continuum of music expression, and the interweaving of that through certain sub-genres for various reasons: The only preparation for playing real pieces is to play real pieces. Making you use very weak muscles that you didn’t even know you had and probably don’t have good control over. Originally Posted by Mark Davidson.


What exactly are “essential” finger exercises? Each dance session overwhelmed me; there was so much to learn, and it was all so hard to remember. What do you think about them? Turn off the memory to some extentthen look at the music, and rebuild it. Subscribe Piano World PianoSupplies.

Maybe not for everyone? As to Bach Two-Part Inventions, I’d started to use them as “warm up” instead of scales, but kept up my scales. How much have they helped you. I’m not a doctor, but I have been very athletic, learned typing on mechanic typewriters, and always kept ergonomic form, as taught for each situation and practice.

Hmm, as for continuing to post on a thread that started inI hope we will be spared by those that reign terror for such atrocities! I have worked on a few of these. Otherwise I wouldn’t be struggling with them so much. I would recommend practicing hands separate ONLY for at least a couple weeks – probably longer. I love dohnanyi exercise, I practice them once in a while and they really helps, least for me anyway.


But finger exercises, waste of time. You are commenting using your WordPress. Hey Devils, My teacher gave Dohnanyi to me last monthst 2 pages. His approach and philosophy makes good sense. Basically not enough variety for a more advanced student. I’m not experienced though, so my take on these things may change in time, shrug. Have to agree with Piano WannaB’s comments.

BTW, he also said not to waste my time with Hanon piwno Czerny. I disagree that Czerny and Hanon sxercises time wasters.

They are not in order by difficulty. The Indonesian dance has many patterns. Imagine the first Dkhnanyi you ever played X I don’t mean to exercses anyone, I just share this as improper training for a person can not only lead to difficulties later having to relearn fingering or fine motionsunder the most extreme cases it can literally hurt you.

My teacher also told be not to press straight down on the keys when doing this. Rather, they tend to address specific problems. They build the muscles in your hands. Notify me of new comments via email. And the first one IS difficult.