Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Hanon Mania Grips Dennistoun

It's all here. And here's a photo of Charles Louis Hanon.  God bless him.

Twenty exercises (and that's just for starters), in all the keys, which I'll also get to learn - they're a very hazy concept beyond C Major just now.  And make a start on sight reading.

Most importantly, though, get the two hands working together.  I don't know how long I'm going to spend almost exclusively on Hanon: it's like digging over the earth before starting to plant out, and it'll take as long as it takes.

We're going to need a metronome. I feel a bit intimidated about getting the rhythm right.  Also, playing with two hands.  But both will come, with the help of M Hanon.

And a piano stool, incidentally.  I recall seeing them in charity shops, and would like to get something a bit stylish - on eBay they're either very unappealing as furniture, or expensive.  The Bairn's got a big exercise ball which will function as a stool for now.