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The Best Piano Exercises for Beginners

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There are lots of different exercises in this page (Inspired by the Hanon Exercises. Learning to play the piano smoothly is easy with these exercises.

Those of you who have followed the complete beginning piano lessons course of our piano action guide know that I recommend playing an E.D exercise (every day) for the first five minutes of each practice.

These piano exercises won't cost too mcuh of your time. They will help you to improve a few elements of your piano playing such as:

Improving the independence of each of your fingers.

Acquiring different dexterities that will allow you to switch fingers smoothy.

Getting to know the geography of the piano (by playing on different scales and places on the piano).

Learning to sit well while you play the piano and play smoothly without causing stress and pain in your muscles.

Fine-tuning your rhythmic sense and your ability to express different types of hand and body movements on the piano.

You got the picture.Let's practice!

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Five Fingers Piano Exercises

These kind of exercises are called the "five finger exercises".

They consist short musical phrases that repeat all through the scale, and after ascending through a whole octave the pattern is reversed when descending back to the starting point (notice that both hands are continually executing the same difficulties in this kind of exercises. This allows the left hand to become as skilful as the right hand!)

The full C position will be our starting point as a default unless something else is mentioned.

The Full C position

How to Practice these Piano Exercises?


Play slowly at first; You can gradually play faster when you feel that your hands are moving smoothly and in a loose manner.

Use a Metronome in order to conrol your rhythm as you gradually play faster.

Control your dynamics. Notice what sound you're producing. Make sure you have conrol and that you're aware of your sound at all times and that you keep unity in the volume when moving from one key to the other
(So that the strongest fingers and the weaker ones (fourth and fifth) should be producing the same volume and level of attack.

Work in steps: Practice the RIGHT HAND first, then the Left Hand and combine BOTH HANDS only afterwards.


Piano Exercises of 1-2-3-4-5 fingers You should

Play Legato between the first and fifth fingers as you shift the hand position one key up at a time.
As you completed the shifting process, shifting from middle C to the higher C reverse the formule to 5-4-3-2-1 and descend all the way back to middle C.

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Practicing Steps Piano Exercises

These next few piano exercise focuse on ascending and descending stepwise like.
The step is the most basic elements in creating progress in music.

The PatternPdf FileMp3 File Video File
1-2-3-4-5 Download See Video Above
1-2-3-4-5-4-5 Download Play
1-2-3-4-5-4-3-4 Download Play
1-2-3-2-3-4-5-4 Download Play
1-2-3, 2-3-4, 3-4-5 Download Play

Practicing Skips Piano Exercises

Skips are the second common element in musical melodies. A skip paves the way to a musical climax.
The skip can suggest an emphesis on an harmonic moment. You can preform skips in different intervals going up and down.

The Pattern Pdf File Mp3 File Video File
1-3-5 Download Play
1-5-3 Download Play
1-3-5-3Download Play
1-5-3-5Download Play
1-3-1-5 Download Play

Practising Skips and Steps Piano Exercises

The combination of Skips and steps creates various melodic lines. The art is to know how to combine it beautifully.

The Pattern Pdf File Mp3 File Video File
1-2-3-5 Download Play
1-3-4-5 Download Play
1-3-5-4-3-4Download Play
1-5-3-1-2-3-4-5Download Play
1-2-3-4-5-1-3-5Download Play

Practicing Intervals Piano Exercises

The PatternPdf FileMp3 FileVideo File
1-2-1-2-3-4-3-4Download Play
1-2-3-4-5-4-5-4Download Play
1-3-2-4-3-5Download Play
1-3-5-3-2-4-2-4Download Play
1-4-2-5Download Play
1-4-5-2-1-2-3-4Download Play
1-5-1-5-2-3Download Play
1-3-5-1-5-1-2-3Download Play
1-2-1-3-1-4-1-5Download Play
1-5-4-5-3-5-2-5Download Play

Legato and Staccato Piano Exercises

When you play Legato there should be no silence when moving from one note to the next.

1-2 Each hand plays legato separately in the first two piano exercises .
Imagine each hand is a different singer so it has to be very independent.

3-4 In the next two piano exercises, both hands are playing Legato at the same time.

5-6 The next exercises focus on playing Staccato. with each hand separately.
The notes should be played with a bouncing touch. Make sure that the notes are short and detached.

7-8 In the next piano exercises, both hands are playing staccato together. Make sure that both hands are playing short notes (Imagine you are jumping on both legs).

9 Mixing Staccato and Legato - In these exercises you're supposed to play legato with the one hand and staccato with the other. Each hand plays seperetaly

10 In these exercises both hands are switching between playing legato and staccato at the same time, .

11 Advanced: In these exercises - one hand plays Legato while the other one plays Staccato. (It will help you to develop the independence of each hand!).

The ExercisePdf FileMp3 FileVideo File
1. Legato- Each Hand Plays Separately Download Play
2. Legatto- Each Hand Plays SeperetalyDownload Play
3. Legatto - Both Hands Play at the Same TimeDownload Play
4. Legatto - Both Hands Play at the Same TimeDownload Play
5.Staccato- Each Hand Plays SeparatelyDownload Play
6.Staccato- Each Hand Plays SeparatelyDownload Play
7. Staccato - Both Hands Play at the Same TimeDownload Play
8. Staccato - Both Hands Play at the Same TimeDownload Play
9. Mixing Legato and Staccato - Each Hand Plays ApartDownload Play
10. Mixing Legato and Staccato - Both Hands Play at the Same Time Download Play
11. Mixing Legato and Staccato - For Advanced Players Download Play

Coordination Piano Exercises

These next piano exercises deal with coordination. Until now we practiced each hand apart first, later we combined both hands together while each hand plays one note at the same time.

In these next exercises (Arranged according to level of difficulty) you will play one long note in the left hand and four, three or two notes in the right hand and vice versa. (Starting from four notes and going to two notes.)

The idea is to learn to combine between what your eyes read and how fast your hands react to it.

Both hands should play legato in these exercises. It's easier to play legato with the right hand but you should keep in mind that the left hand should play connected as well.

The ExercisePdf FileMp3 FileVideo File
1. Four Notes in the Right Hand - One in the Left Hand Download Play
2. Four Notes in the Left Hand - One in the Right Hand Download Play
3. Three Notes in the Right Hand - One in the Left Hand Download Play
4. Three Notes in the Left Hand - One in the Right Hand Download Play
5.Two Notes in the Right Hand - One in the Left Hand Download Play
6.Two Notes in the Left Hand - one in the Right Hand Download Play

Two notes and Three Notes Phrases

We already discussed how Legato should be played in the previous piano lessons.
However, in this exercises another element of Legato appears. The first should be slightly accented and the last one should be slightly softer (fading away). Read the instruction carefully and work with your wrist.

Each of the tones of the two-note phrase is treated differently: The wrist is lowered when we play the first tone (Which makes it accented),and when we play the second tone we raise our wrist (In order to produce a softer tone).

Three note phrases should be played the same as two note phrases except the middle note should be connected to the first and the last note.

The ExercisePdf FileMp3 FileVideo File
1. Two Notes Phrase - Hand play apart Download Play
2. Two Notes Phrase - Hand play togetherDownload Play
3. Three Notes Phrase - Hand play apart Download Play
4. Three Notes Phrase - Hand Play Together Download Play

What you can do is invent your own piano exercises as well. We'll be adding more piano exercises in the future, so stay tuned.

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The problem is that you have to play all these exercises smoothly while keeping the independence, coordination of your fingers while gaining each times a faster finger speed. To learn to this you must check out the Hannon Finger Exercises Piano Course.

In this DVD, the exercises are demonstrated by an accomplished jazz instructor, James Wrubel, and broken down step-by-step in VIDEO format so that anyone with a dvd player or computer and 1 hour to spare can start using them right away.

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