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.
If you don’t have the Hanon book yet, click here to get it.
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
Armed with new sheet music, I told myself I’d learn jazz everyday up until Christmas.
I sat down to film my progress, good or cringe-worthy, and worked at it for an hour or two everyday—jazz is a whole new ballgame if you’re a classical musician.
I know that we’ve talked about not having goals because that highlights all the things we don’t have… but I’m convinced that setting a solid goal will serve you really, really well.
A solid goal is simple enough that you can name the outcome in one sentence and there are checkboxes for the achievement. It’s small enough to break down for something you can do everyday—it only takes 66 days to create a habit and consistency wins!
Instead of “I want to be a better jazz pianist,” it could be:
“I want to learn to play jazz piano music so that I can swing and groove with the beat.”
All I needed to do was play piano everyday and learn jazz this winter.
Here is a collection of me playing piano. I’m really happy about some of these, and I hope you are too!
The First Noel
It’s challenging to improvise in public, where you’re actively disturbing Sunday morning coffee drinkers. A lot of this piece is improvised, so let me know what you think!
Thank you to Monika Szucs for filming and editing the video!
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