Hanon Exercise No. 31
from The Virtuoso Pianist - Part 2 - Free sheet
This is Hanon Exercise No. 31 from The Virtuoso Pianist, Part II by C. L. Hanon. You can pick your preferred tempo. But first, it's best to practice slowly so that you can hear if you are playing every note evenly. We also highly recommend practicing with hands separately first so that you can also hear if you are playing all the notes evenly. Make sure to lift the previous finger when you go to the next finger to maximize the strengthening exercise. If you are doing well you may practice with hands together and also increase the tempo gradually. This exercise is written only in one octave. However, you may practice 2 octaves by starting one octave lower than how it's written.
This Hanon Exercise No. 31 is an exercise for 2 purposes. One is to extend the finger between 1 and 5 (thumb and pinky). It has all the intervals; 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th. The intervals gradually get bigger and bigger. And the other purpose of this No. 31 exercise is to rotate the wrist gently and slightly to accommodate those 2 fingers. Hanon says that this exercise is for all the fingers. Yes, it uses all the fingers very well throughout the exercise. However, the most important thing is to learn to relax your wrists and rotate your wrists gently but fast (almost like shaking) to move between the thumb and pinky. If your wrists are not relaxed this is not possible. You do not want to force to rotate your wrists. Rather, try to imagine the rotation that happens when you turn the round doorknob or shake off water from your wet hands.
After you get good at it you can also experiment all these exercises by playing in the different key (not only in the key of C) and also experiment with different tempos. However, always follow the suggested fingerings. Fingerings are written down only in the 1st and 2nd measure when ascending section starts and when descending section starts.
To learn more about the creator of The Virtuoso Pianist, Charles Hanon, please visit our page, "About C. L. Hanon".
About this sheet music and what it includes:
- No. 31 from Part 2 of The Virtuoso Pianist (See other exercises from Part 2)
- By C. L. Hanon
- Pages: 1 page of exercise
- Fingerings: First 2 measures of ascending and descending
- Instrumentation: For piano solo
- Complete audio sample: Always free to listen to on our website
- Downloading file: PDF
- Arranger and music editor: Mizue Murakami
- Publisher: Galaxy Music Notes
- Product code: GMNH031
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