My new teacher just gave me the first page of “Dohnanyi’s Essential Finger Exercises”. Boy, are they challenging. Of course, I like a challenge. Documents Similar To Dohnanyi Erno Book Essential Finger Exercises. Alfred Cortot – Rational Principles Of Pianoforte Uploaded by. Daniela. Ernst Von Dohnanyi’s Essential Finger Exercises is an excellent book which helps pianists to develop and secure technique. (Z) en-GB.

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This also forced dohhnanyi rethinking but I found it came naturally, like a perspective, and then made the whole fit better. My teacher feels these will help my sense of touch also.

Then pick up each finger while holding down the others and play the note again. The independence gained by playing Bach is of a different type than this exercise provides.


If so, do you find them difficult? Anyway, they tend to address specific weaknesses, so many are difficult.

And the first one IS difficult. How much have they helped you. Email required Address never made public. So I thank you for asking that poignant question, and graciously defer to the teachers out there, and maestros, for guiding aspiring performers in the best style possible.

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Dohnaanyi spent weeks on it, trying to get truly quiet independent fingers, but my hands were feeling rather locked and narrow. He did agree that Hanon and Czerny are not worth too much.


Don’t laugh, but on the 1st page when I first started them I would hold down fingers with the other hand Just on left hand LOL I’m glad I’m not the only one having some difficulty with these.

Hanon are your knee pushups. Also the exercises are short and to the point, so you have more time to learn actual repertoire.

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New Topics – Multiple Forums. We need more to find how to coordinate our muscles instead of building our muscles.

Dear “Beginner”, I am not suggesting Dohnyani, merely repeating in summary the details of his first exercise. Dohnanyi just takes these problems to the next level – kicks it up a notch so to speak. dohnqnyi

Floyd, I don’t think the aim is so you can trill with 3 and 4 in a musical piece, it is more for an overall finger independence. Don’t worry about trying to go fast. Go tell your teacher to get you some Bach. Makes you feel like you have NO control over your hand. Kids would probably still learn it faster than senior citizens.

I feel almost like a beginner. My teacher who noticed just as I was thinking this while working on Chopin, “some practices make your hands lock”. It seems, at least for me, there’s pizno continuum of music expression, and the interweaving of that through certain sub-genres for various reasons: Notify me of new comments via email.


His approach and philosophy makes good sense. Miss Mary Mack has one pattern repeated over and over, perfect for children. I don’t agree that all exercises are a waste of time but some arebut I wouldn’t spend more than min per day on technique at your stage.

I was happy to discover that other pianists find this book challenging. Third and fourth fingers are very weak, and this will really help strengthen them. These exercises are intended to be a minimum set of technical exercises for piaho high level player to build and maintain technique. Rather, they dkhnanyi to address specific problems.

Every time I returned, I felt like I was starting all over again. Funny, I found those exercises easy to memorize, due to their repetitive nature. I would agree with you dohannyi Bach’s inventions. In the preface, Dohnanyi groups them roughly into three difficulty groups. We are training the brain as we train our fingers, increasing our fine motor skills, enabling the necessary coordination between the mind and the fingers that translate the notes on the page into the desired sound.