Not everyone understands how to play Hanon.
There are 60 exercises, but you are not meant to do them all at once. They are tools in your arsenal for each of the different areas you need to improve on.
Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule? 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts, and this is true for a lot of things in life, especially piano technique.
If you only had 5 minutes for technique and you’ve laid the groundwork for other fundamentals (scales/arpeggios/etc) I’d recommend spending time on Hanon.
In the video below, I share tips for playing Hanon:
- If you are stiff or tense, how to move your wrist
- How to properly press your fingers down to each key
- Where you’re wasting energy when playing piano