Today we have a wonderful first in a series of tutorials on Burgmuller studies. Burgmuller was a wonderful composer who wrote pieces that are the simpler side yet wonderful compositions. I always encourage students, once they are beyond the very beginning level, rather than just work on etudes that are just exercises, you can explore some great music like these Burgmuller pieces. This is sometimes called "Frankness.
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This page will show the most recommended technical books for improving your piano technique. While most of these piano exercises are very repetitious and unmusical, it teaches your hands about proper placement of the hand positions, relaxing and rotation of the wrist, and developing flexibility with your fingers. It is recommended to practice these exercises at least 10 minutes a day if you want to see improvement in your piano technique.
Over-practicing these exercises could result in injury. Please read through each comment for the technical books carefully to see how injury can be prevented. These exercises encourage movement of the wrist, and flexibility of the fingers while playing. There are instructions located in the score that give tips and suggestions on how to practice these exercises.
In Jail Breaking Hanon, Fitch shows exercises that encourage wrist flexibility and forearm rotation. This goes over the history of piano technique, various components of piano technique, such as the importance of the forearm and wrist, and various technical exercises.
This will aid you in developing familiarity with all the keys of the piano. Practice slowly first, and then build speed once your fingers feel comfortable playing the exercises slow.
Do the hands look relaxed as they are playing? It is important to optimize the amount of movement while playing, so that minimum effort for playing the best sound can be achieved. The exercises also encourage the pianist to practice in all the major and minor keys. The pianist who works on these exercises will not only build incredible technique, but will gain a strong familiarity with the piano. Their sight reading will improve as well, as they gain more comfort with the keyboard and read each exercise in each major and minor key.
For any aspiring pianist who wishes to build virtuosic technique, they must practice the technical exercises by Liszt. You are guaranteed to improve your piano technique, even within the first couple minute of practicing these exercises. Musicality and sensibility will be developed as well, as Franz Liszt ask for dynamic changes, crescendi, sforzandi, different articulations, and specific phrasing in his exercises. Here is an example of Scales in Chords by the BachScholar on Liszt Technical Exercises: Notice how the hand positions move quickly and effectively for each new chord.
This is a key technique that will be learned from this particular exercise. In order to adjust your hand position in such a manner, one must be very familiar with the chords they are about to play. You can purchase the score here: Click here to view the exercises for free. Schmitt Finger Exercises Op. With exercises, this study has many different variations of finger development. Whatever the case, studying these exercises will increase flexibility of the tendons in your fingers.
Also, these exercises can be practiced away from the piano. Please look at the video to see how this can be done. Warning: Over-practicing these exercises can lead to injury in your hand. Try to not practice these exercises for more than 10 minutes a day. It is important to try to keep your hands as relaxed as possibility. It may feel necessary to tighten the wrist or fingers in order to play the notes for these exercises, however, you must try to avoid this. Relaxation is key, and it is important to try to avoid the sensation of having tension.
As soon as any tension or pain arises in your hands, it is best to stop practicing these exercises. Schmitt Op. This is one of the key challenges of several Schmitt finger exercises.
Being able to do this allows for your fingers to develop autonomy and independence from one another. Towards the end of the clip, the exercise is done away from the keyboard. This exercise can be done while you are sitting in class, driving your car, or any other setting that is away from the piano.
You can actually develop your piano technique without even being next to a piano with these exercises! Click here to view the exercises for free. Dohnanyi Essential Finger Exercises These exercises are very similar to the Schmitt finger exercises. The only real stark difference is that the Dohnanyi exercises are longer. Personally, it is a challenge to say which exercises are more effective, since they are both so similar. If questioning which finger exercise book to buy, it is recommended to either buy the Schmitt or both.
The same precautions and details of the Schmitt finger exercises apply here as well. Purchase the score here: Here is a video by Paul Barton where he speaks about the Dohnanyi exercises and how they can aid with learning a difficult pieces such as Chopin Etude Op. This develops finger and hand positioning in all keys, and helps you to familiarize yourself with all the different keys of the piano.
These best piano technique exercises greatly help with the development of the fourth and fifth fingers. You will essentially do trills with the fourth and fifth fingers with these exercises, which requires great strength in both fingers. In addition, these exercises will train your ear as well, as any subtle mistake, such as playing legato poorly or not playing a note fully, is very audible.
This can be very frustrating, but with practice, your technique, ear, and musicality will greatly improve.
Here is an example of Pischna Exercise 1 You can purchase the score here: Click here to view the exercises for free. He wrote a large number of etudes for the piano, which are aimed for early advanced piano students.
Instead, these pieces focus on building technique and musicality with well structured and composed works. These works are really great for students who want to build technique and are not quite at the level of playing Chopin Etudes.
His study pieces are Op. The most popular Etudes are Op 45, Op. He also wrote two other sets of study pieces, 12 etudes of Op , and 18 etudes of Op You can hear his Op. This etude is in C minor and in ternary ABA form. The left hand takes the lead in the A section, and the young student is encouraged to build their technique in their left hand in order to play it well.
The B section provides a nice melodic contrast in the relative major. A section:.
Best Piano Technique Books
Friedrich Burgmüller: Burgmüller: 25 Easy and Progressive Studies Op.100: Piano
Burgm?ller -- 25 Progressive Pieces, Op. 100: Book & CD