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A Swinging Hanon (The Beat and Rhythm Workbook, Module Three)

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6 Lessons (1h 4m)
    • 1. The Swinging Hanon - Introduction

    • 2. Swinging Hanon - Video One

    • 3. Swinging Hanon - Video Two

    • 4. Swinging Hanon - Video Three

    • 5. Swinging Hanon - Video Four

    • 6. Swinging Hanon - Video Five

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The Hanon finger exercises have been a staple resource for more than a century, helping pianists train their fingers and warm up their hands for repertoire practice and performance.

The Beat and Rhythm Workbook 'Swinging Hanon' exercises show you a way to use these daily exercises to improve your keyboard rhythm and syncopation skills at the same time - doubling the benefit you get from your daily practice.

You progressively develop rhythms in a static five-finger position before 'applying' them to the Hanon exercises, building a collection of exercises for both dexterity and crisp, attractive rhythmic playing.

The Swinging Hanon is part of the Beat and Rhythm Workbook  Please watch the Workbook introductory video at the start of the Snake Dance Syncopation Challenge lessons for an overview, and make a start on the Snake Dance and Syncopation Tenths before you start this module.

There is an introductory video at the start of this module which explains how to study the module material to best effect.

Download the pdf of the original Hanon Exercises Nos.1 - 20 for reference, but remember: these lessons are about the rhythms you learn, not the finger exercises, and you can learn and use these exercises without reading a single note of music!

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1. The Swinging Hanon - Introduction: Hi there and welcome to this introduction to the swinging handle. Stringing Hannon is a module within the overall beaten rhythm workbook, which is a collection of exercises for methodically practicing your keyboard. Rhythm and syncopation skills. The swinging Hannon particularly develops 200 syncopated rhythmic patterns on the famous Hannon finger exercises. You don't need to know the hand and finger exercises in advance. They are demonstrated in the videos and the patterns you'll be grafting onto the hand and exercises are demonstrated in an easy, stationary five finger position. First. The plain vanilla five finger exercise we develop our rhythmic patterns on is justice. No mystery there then just up and down from CGG three times. For us, a chord tone ending figure you played. Let's go on and start adding some rhythm in the form of a long, short kicked in the right-hand only. You'll see what I mean. So the left hand plays equal quavers or eighth notes up and down. And the right-hand swaps to equal quavers for the long-short pair on the way up and again on the way down. That's what you just heard. You don't have to understand what I'm saying in any Greek deg, great detail. Just copy. Have a go. Now let us look at the hand. Here's a video of how an exercise number one. You see how that works. The patent creeps up, the keyboard, stops and inverts to come down again. If you need. Here is a video explaining how the patent in that particular exercise gets to move up and down the keyboard. The right-hand thumb is on middle C. On the left hand little finger is on the C, an octave below. And this is the same for all the music art a hand and exercises. Just looking at the right hand for now. The right-hand covers a total of six keys, C up to a. And the gap between the fingers and the thumb means that the note D is missed out. Looking at the music, you can see from the fingering that you play up the fingers from the thumb to finger five, not playing the D, and back down as far as finger to one. But then you close the gap between your fingers and your thumb and you put the thermal de, open the gap again to govern six fingers and off you go again. So this opening and closing of the gap remains at the heart of the cable, which is more interesting than just peg in the same position all the time. The left-hand copies the right-hand, exactly. Which means that you start from finger five and has a gap between fingers 54, which doesn't feel very natural to stop. So up and down he goes closing the gap. Opening the gap again. Opening, closing a lot of Albi gap and finish on the C. You've arrived at this position to finish on the C. And we nearly always start coming down on these g's here, the G above those notes. The left-hand leaves coming down. And it covers six notes the way the right-handed coming up. So the gap is over. You go down the fingers 125 and come up again closing the gap. So that now you're starting on add, opened up to cover six notes. And down you go next door, node E, open the gap, just get one other right-hand will copy exactly 0.507 patterns means the last one is all. And hey, you mean Mr. happens Cauchy ending? That's it. So you place with that at your own speed. Now we're going to apply our rhythmic pattern to the hand and exercise. And you see how the rhythmic pattern is applied to the hand and exercise. The hands-on exercise proceeds in the rhythmic pattern we've practiced. The right-hand playing the long, short bear on the way up and way down. And the left hand just playing straight quavers. So you place with that at your own speed. For this part, you get an audio demo after the first two patterns, ascending, the last descending pattern and the chord tone finish. The first two patterns, descending, last descending pattern and it tidied up ending. Tried to take the hand and shake diagram and the rhythm pattern music in as well. We will of course start at whatever speed you can manage to keep up all the way through and try to build up your performance stamina from. So. And that's the format of the exercises. Rhythmic pattern demonstrated in this static five finger position first, which you will listen to. Try to understand and copy. A demonstration had an exercise for you to learn or recall. Then an audio example of the rhythmic pattern applied to the hands-on exercise for you to practice. If the hands-on exercises are a problem. Finding video had an exercises on this platform or frankly, just practice and that's demonstrated here. I'm sure you'll get there. So profit and in China. 2. Swinging Hanon - Video One: Hi there. This is the beach and rhythm workbook, swinging Helen module, video one, the first batch of rhythmic patterns, numbers one to five applied to Hannon exercises numbers one to five. Now the best for you would be to be going into this having just watch the swinging Hannon introductory video so that your oriented and in the zone. So if you haven't just watched the introductory video, please do that right now. You will then be in a frame of mind to go straight into rhythmic pattern. One in the five finger position, which has just one tiny variation played twice on a straight up and down five finger exercise. You then get a demonstration of hands-on exercise one which you play straight, no syncopation and funny rhythms. To the best of your ability. You then get a full video demonstration of Han and exercise number one with rhythmic pattern number one applied to it, which you could probably guess anyway. You watch as much or as little of that as you think you need. And then you play on a number one in rhythmic pattern number one. And you have embarked upon a journey and grandness, odd power, nasa, a journey of steps to Parnassus, the mountain in Greece where the gods of Olympus was sent to live, civilizing excellence. You then repeat the process for rhythmic pattern number two, which is only a slight variation on number one. And apply that to Hannon number two, which is only a slight variation on hand and number one. And so on. Building up your ability to play trickier and tricky rhythms in the right-hand over a straight, straight left hand bass. Using a nice batch of exercises which will warm up and drill your fingers for playing, which I hope you were or are or will be doing anyway. Lighting to Campbell's with one match making to deserts in the 100. Don't overdo it. A couple of days, revised the day afterwards to new unjust plenty. Above all, enjoy and acknowledge your improvement as it happens. Yeah. 3. Swinging Hanon - Video Two: Hi there. This is the beach and rhythm workbook, swinging Hannon module video to which covers rhythmic patterns six to ten. You will want to have watched the swinging Hannon introductory video and work through the first batch of five swinging hunted exercises. In this batch. And from here on, you don't have the whole rhythmic Hannon performance video. And for you, you're given the rhythmic patent in the static five finger position. The full video of the exercise, you're going to apply the rhythm to the abbreviated audio of the rhythmic Hannon performance. First two buttons, ascending. Last partner sending in a tidy that finish. First two patents descending, last Patton descending plus tidy depending you will expect to be able to play. And remember the five finger Patton, understand and play the hand. That is the shape and how it moves. And play the hands-on exercise up and down in the rhythm demonstrated. Number six is as before, just a OneNote development of the previous number five. But it is important that you mop the difference. One of the aims of this module is to help you and copy complex rhythms. Number seven is a departure. The right-hand reverts to all even quavers, but off the beats on behind, following the right-hand number, h is the same, but the right-hand playing his notes before the left-hand. I've had a different musical effect. If the same rhythmically. Patton's 910 stop mixing these off the beat notes in with numbers one to six type patterns. Overall, you're working on having your rhythms crisp and full of character. You can and should play these exercises as if that already music. And not just practicing. Yeah. 4. Swinging Hanon - Video Three: Hi there. This is the beating rhythm workbook, swinging on a module videos three and covers rhythmic patterns 11 to 16. You will want to have work through the first two batches are swinging Hannah and exercises in videos 12. No departure in the presentation to the exercises. But quite a new challenge in rhythmic patent 11, which is swing feels semiquavers all the way through in the right-hand. Difficult to sustain. You need a sprung wrist, be rented to slow it right down until you're playing accurately. Number 12 is a departure to you introduce a long-short kick in the left-hand. You'll probably find numbers 1112 quite tiring at first, but exercises are supposed to build stamina and strength as well as skill. So stickies. Rhythmic patent 13 introduces just to anticipated notes into number 12. Number 14 plays that new patent within halftime cake. Patent 15 takes patent 14 and introduces a flapping, see, the flapping fifths in the snake down. That's quite a well-known jazz blues trick. You'll recognize it. And patent 16, of course, just had said the left-hand get joy. Okay. Okay. Okay. 5. Swinging Hanon - Video Four: High that this is the beaten rhythm workbook, swinging Hamlin module, video fall covers rhythmic patents 17 to 22. You'll want to have worked through the first three videos to avoid frustration. The pairs of videos here developed the rhythms by progressively anticipating notes, then adding the left-hand kick as number 1718 and introducing the flapping see trick also without then width and left-hand kick as numbers 1920. And we finished with a demonstration mix of these rhythmic development techniques, which is just what the improvising musician, jazzing oppurtunity bit, come up this wisdom without, of course. 6. Swinging Hanon - Video Five: Hi there. This is the last swinging Hannon video, video five, and offers ten more organic rhythmic patterns for you to practice. First in the static five finger position, and then to apply to a Hannan of your choice. And hopefully incorporating your playing more generally. Do make use of the together left rights TLR4 analysis to sort out what comes with Mott and in what order. Always feel free to abandon rhythm and tempo altogether and just rehearse together left, right events until the performance feels natural. Reintroduce some tempo and rhythmic regularity. There you are. I hope you've enjoyed working through these videos and feel that your time has been profitably spent. Do come back for a refresher from time to time and use the idea of applying a rhythm, these or any others, to any and all melodies or accompaniments that come your way. And don't fail to catch up with the other modules in the beaten rhythm workbook. The snake done syncopation challenge, the syncopation and anticipation intense series, and the rhythmic pentatonic scales workout. Cows don't mean a thing. If it ain't got that swing.