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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I’m glad these aren’t considered beginner exercises since I’m struggling with them some what. The fifth and sixth grade boys were less enthusiastic until one bragged he could do the grapevine step used extensively in Greek dances very fast, and proceeded to demonstrate.

I used to teach elementary general music, and as dohnnyi way to introduce music of other cultures and explore it more physically, I also taught my students folk dances. The Indonesian dance has many patterns. Just placing my fingers on my desk, I can raise my 4th finger without raising the other fingers.

One thing I will say. I cried inside as the joy and gift of music can last a lifetime, amd should. The inventions are very useful as well. A particular passage in the Chopin c minor scherzo that gave me problems descending flourishes based on broken chords – awkward L hand part became noticeably easier. Until a few weeks ago. Without a teacher, it’s very hard to find an expedient path to proper technique, and ultimately expression.


Also, there is a lot of talk in the other posts about gaining finger strength through these exercises. Professional pianist and piano teacher. You are commenting using your Facebook account. That said, with supervisionit may be just the right medicine.

Don’t laugh, but on the 1st page when I first started them I would hold down fingers with the other hand Just on left hand LOL. Hanon are good exercises – esp.

How to Practice the Piano: Doh! Dohnányi

My teacher also told be not to press straight down on the keys when doing this. BTW, he also said not to waste my time with Hanon and Czerny.

They kept adding up, and 4 hours later I was upset and unable to play. I realized after a few days I’d simply reinforced errors, forcing a piece I’d known for 10 years to be learned as though from scratch. Don’t worry about trying to go fast. Dohnanyi are your one-handed pushups. piabo

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Try each hand in several keys. He did agree that Hanon and Czerny are not worth too much. I disagree that Czerny and Hanon are time wasters.

Bach is often the first music people try that has independent voices in the music, but that’s not necessarily the same as finger independence. These exercises are intended to be a minimum set of technical exercises for a high level player to build and maintain technique. If dkhnanyi finds it hard to move fingers, it’s because there is resistance somewhere in the mechanism that prevents the fingers from moving easily.


Dohnanyi | Essential Finger Exercises (Piano)

It’s a great question to raise. Physically, as I’ve read, the tendons on the 3rd and 4th fingers are intertwined so you physically cannot get full independence with them anyway.

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But, I can see the benefit in finger strength and agility. Floyd, I don’t think the aim is so you can trill with 3 and 4 in a xohnanyi piece, it is more for an overall finger independence. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: What do you think about them?

Everything else—even Czerny, is superfluous; it does not contain anything of essential importance which might not be acquired through finger-exercises, or by conscientious practicing of appropriate passages of pieces. Rather, they tend to address specific problems.