What is the ancient method?
Hanon exercises, est. since 1873 (included in every level 😉)
I’d like you to meet student @iglikullolli from Albania
Hanon No. 6 at 72bpm.
Hanon No. 6 @iglikullolli Dec 5 2020 (72bpm).mp4 974.56 KB
Hanon No. 6 at 152bpm.
Hanon No. 6 @iglikullolli Jan 2, 2020 (152bpm).mp4 676.87 KB
In 3 weeks of starting Hanon with the metronome, Igli achieved a 52% increase in finger speed + control by Hanon No. 6.
Here are the facts:
- I met Igli in Sep 2020
- Igli loves to play repertoire like River Flows in You, Mariage D’amour, but there was a huge issue…
- Igli’s playing was messy, uneven, and his fingers felt weak.
- He did not know how to use a metronome
Igli was passionate about piano…
But his weaknesses made him feel depressed and lost…
He knew he had a problem and wanted to fix it, so…
- Igli joined our program in Dec 2020
- He had never counted out loud…
- He had never done a single piano technique drill…
Here’s how Igli went from…
all the way to…
Stronger, Faster Fingers in 3 weeks
- Igli achieved a 52% increase in speed by counting out loud with the metronome by Hanon No. 6.
- Igli started at less than 100bpm, with uneven notes and no counting.
- Igli is now able to achieve 100% accuracy at 152bpm.
After learning Hanon No. 1 to 5 in Level 1…
Igli started Hanon No. 6 with a metronome…
Like everyone else, he struggled to play in time with the metronome, so
- he clapped
- he counted out loud
- he set the metronome to 72bpm
(1 tick = 1/16th note)
Hanon No. 6 @iglikullolli Dec 5 2020 (72bpm).mp4 974.56 KBHe had trouble making transitions in time…
Hanon transition up down @iglikullolli.mp4 774.35 KB
1 week later, Igli is playing Hanon No. 6 at 96bpm and 112bpm. Watch his fingers begin to develop strength.
Hanon No. 6 @iglikullolli Dec 16 2020 (96bpm).mp4 798.09 KBHanon No. 6 @iglikullolli Dec 16 2020 (112bpm).mp4 628.99 KB
- it’s hard, but he counts out loud
- he masters accuracy at each metronome speed
- when comfortable, he increases the speed
(1 tick = 1/16th note)
By Dec 28, Igli is playing Hanon No. 6 at a stable speed of 120bpm.
Watch his fingers with control.
Seeing how stable he is, we decide to push for 144bpm, and 152bpm to the sixteenth note (1 tick = 1/16th note)
Hanon No. 6 @iglikullolli Dec 28 2020 (144bpm).mp4 872.32 KBHanon No. 6 @iglikullolli Dec 29, 2020 (152bpm).mp4 711.67 KBDec 29 at 152bpm is nearly there, but still raw.
On Jan 2, 2021 Igli sends this video of Hanon No. 6 at 152bpm.
Now you might be wondering…What is student @iglikullolli up to now?
Since Sep 19, 2020 @iglikulloli’s dream was to play Maksim Mrvica’s version of Pirates of the Caribbean
To achieve this, he needs to:
- learn how to count in 12/8 time
- learn how to count with the metronome
- improve his finger speed + control
Like a lot of self taught pianists, Igli has lots of songs and piece he likes. He loves playing repertoire like:
- River Flows in You
- Mariage D’amour
- Chopin Nocturne No. 20
But he suffered from 2 main problems:
1. Slow Finger Syndrome
Slow Finger Syndrome is easy to fix…
…if you know what to practice
If you want to:
- have no problem playing 95% of all sheet music online…
- play with evenness and 100% rhythm accuracy
You just have to:
- practice Hanon with the metronome + count
- master a minimum of Hanon No. 1 to 31
If you can master a new exercise from Hanon every week, you will finish Level 10 in less than 1 year.
2.Low Progress Disorder
Here’s what I said…
“You’re 7 months [in] playing something that took me 7 years. You’re doing fine.”
What can you learn from this?
Here’s the plan:
- Level 0 Technique – Hanon No. 1 to 5
- Level 1 Technique – Hanon No. 6 to 10 (current)
If Igli can achieve a speed increase of 52% by the 6th Hanon exercise, all you need to do is:
- Practice a exercise Hanon daily (3-5 reps)
- Count out loud
- Use a metronome
“But I practice a lot!”
If you still see no results with a lot of practice…
It’s not HOW MUCH you practice, it’s HOW you practice.
Check your form, check your counting.
Don’t build bad habits, it will take time to undo them.