To Hanon or not to Hanon?

Good stuff here from a fellow ranter, Billie. I lost a sizeable chunk of my childhood to these blasted exercises, and while they certainly did me some good, there were better ways…

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That is the real question…

The Virtuoso Pianist , a compilation of 60 exercises by Charles-Louis Hanon, is meant to address the common technical difficulties that stand between an average pianist and a virtuoso. In my opinion though, what is considered “common technical difficulties” is completely subjective and is NOT a universal recipe for virtuosity so if we think of Hanon as a book that will improve our skills magically, we would be wrong. In any case, what IS virtuosity?

Vir-tu-o-so (/ˌvərCHo͞oˈōsō/) – Noun.

1) an experimenter or investigator especially in the arts and sciences

2) one skilled in or having a taste for the fine arts

3) one who excels in the technique of an art : a highly skilled musical performer

4) a person who has great skill at some endeavor

So according to merriam-webster it has nothing to do with speed and playing fast no matter what, however, that seems to be…

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Posted in a) Soloing Scales & Modes, g) Classically Inclined
2 comments on “To Hanon or not to Hanon?
  1. Adam Cole says:

    Always entertaining! You’re on a roll! I do wish that you wouldn’t refer people to the Wikipedia article on Feldenkrais, as it’s not very informative. Better to send them to or my articles at

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