Hallo all. Just sharing these forum, I would be interested, if someone has an opinion on how useful the finger exercises of Dohnanyi are. Ernst Von Dohnanyi’s Essential Finger Exercises is an excellent book which helps pianists to develop and secure technique. (Z) en-GB. 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.

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Please, focus on ” under supervision of a teacher ” and what others have written: I have worked on a few of these. They kept adding up, and 4 hours later I was upset and unable to play. If so, do you find them difficult? Mark D The independence gained by playing Bach is of a different type than this exercise provides. Tell a friend or remind yourself about this product.

I think that is largely a misnomer. Kids would probably still learn it faster than senior citizens.

Dohnanyi | Essential Finger Exercises (Piano)

It is a lot of work, but the work is paid off in full and reciprocated You can also download at any time in your Digital Library. Just placing my fingers on my desk, I can raise my 4th finger without raising the other fingers. Piano Method sheet music Piano Solo sheet music Publisher: Essential to whom and for what?

It seems, at least for me, there’s a continuum of music expression, and the interweaving of that through certain sub-genres for various reasons: But I’d always had to slow down to refine a measure or phrase.


To create a music list, please sign in. Hanon are your knee pushups. If you can move like that, you have greater flexibility to evade those who want to tackle you. Rather, they tend to address specific problems. We’d met in a music store and were talking about piano. My teacher who noticed just as I was thinking this while working on Chopin, “some practices make your hands lock”.

We do not use or store email addresses from this form for any other purpose than sending your share email. I spent weeks on it, trying to get truly quiet independent fingers, but my hands were feeling rather locked and narrow. In dohnanui preface, Dohnanyi groups them roughly into three difficulty groups.

Originally Posted by floydthebarber By signing up you consent with the terms in our Privacy Policy. Please see our Privacy Policy for details. 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. Is the transcription accurate? Editio Musica Budapest Customer Rating: Boy, are they challenging. What exactly are “essential” finger exercises?

Making you use very weak muscles that you didn’t even know you had and probably don’t have good control over.


I spent my childhood working through the books of Schmitt and Hanon. So Exercisex 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. Forums 40 TopicsPosts 2, Members 91, Doing a few of these every day with some scales and arpeggios and you will notice a definite improvement in your technique in short order. Don’t worry, it will get easier. 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.


We need more to find how to coordinate our muscles instead of building our muscles.

Review Guidelines Explain exactly why you liked or disliked the product. Boy, are they challenging. Try each hand in several keys. Notify me of new comments via email. But, I can see the benefit in finger strength and agility. Subscribe Piano World PianoSupplies. I think the clapping dance works better in cultures where that kind of dance is common.

Essential Finger Exercises (Dohnányi, Ernő)

I suspect I bought it at the suggestion of my piano teacher at Duquesne University inshortly before I transferred to a different school. You may also enter a personal message. I have vague memories of trying the first few exercises and being totally incapable of playing them. This book also does well with Brahms Excercises! I don’t believe in building “finger strength” anyway. If you read the preface, you’ll find they’re written for rxercises to maintain technique.