The importance of piano etudes

The importance of piano etudes.

The importance of piano etudes.


Who don’t know Hanon and his studies? If you are one of them, consider yourself lucky enough for being able to train your finger dexterity without his help. Do not take us wrong, we truly believe in the importance of Hanon for this practice as well as repertoire, however, we must be honest and say that it is always hard work.

Hanon and his The Virtuoso Pianist is considered a subject of training and warming-up. His sixty exercises meant to improve the finger dexterity, strength, speed as well as the agility of the wrists. Exercises divided into three different groups:

  • Preparatory exercises
  • Development of the virtuoso technique
  • Mastering the technical difficulties

A very well organised subject of study and daily training. However, it had and still has many detractors who think it is too mechanical and unmusical. And that is why we bring this recent article published at WKMT, written by Anthony Elward. In this article, he aims to provide with other options for the piano warming-up and the finger dexterity. He considers that the idea of training should be with a piece which will also serve as repertoire. Going back as the same critics to Hanon, his lack of musicality.

This article deserves a read as Anthony gives other ideas and studies to train with and also improve your finger dexterity and agility such as with La Campanella by Liszt. That is considered one of the hardest pieces to play, and for that reason, it is considered a good piece to train with too.

Let’s read it in the link aforementioned and do not hesitate to share with us your point of view about it, as well as any other options to train with if that’s the case.

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