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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:32 pm 
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Charles Hanon was a French Composer in the 1870's who wrote 60 exercises for developing Piano Virtuosos. Here are 2 exercises composed in the same style and they are quite the challenge despite the simplicity of the melodies themselves. Want to develop some John Popper size chops? These will help you get there.

The way it works is you grab your metronome and set it to 4/4 time, 100-120 bpm and to click as quarter notes. Play the tab as all quarter notes to start out. They make decent little classical tunes and work the entire range of the harp. Play the notes as cleanly and perfectly as possible concentrating on good tone and clean, clear, well defined single notes while also concentrating on staying on beat.

Once you have mastered the exercise as quarter notes and can keep the beat, flip the metronome to click as 8th notes and practice the exercise until you can play all the notes perfectly and cleanly, on beat as 8th notes.

Once you have mastered that, if you can, turn the metronome up to 16th notes. Eventually the goal of the exercise is to play it as fast as you would an Irish Reel.


| 4 -4 5 4 | -4 5 -5 -4 | 5 -5 6 5 | -5 6 -6 -5 | 6 -6 -7 6 |

| -6 -7 7 -6| -7 7 -8 -7| 7 -8 8 7| -8 8 -9 -8 | 8 -9 9 8 |

| -9 9 -10 -9 | 10 -10 9 -9 | -10 9 -9 8| 9 -9 8 -8 -9|

|8 -8 7 8 | -8 7 -7 -8 | 7 -7 -6 7 |-7 -6 6 -7 | -6 6 -5 -6 |

|6 -5 5 6 | -5 5 -4 -5 | 5 -4 4 5 | -4 4 -3 -4 | 4 3 2 1 |

* * * *

| 4 3 2 3 | -4 -3 -2 -3 | 5 4 3 4 | -5 -4 -3 -4 | 6 5 4 5 |

|-6-5-4-5 | -7 6 5 6 | 7 -6 -5 -6 | -8-7 6 -7 | 8 7 -6 7|

|-9 -8 -7 -8 | 9 8 7 8 | -10 -9 -8 -7 | 10 10 9 8 10 |

-10 -9 -8 -10| 9 8 7 9 | -9 -8 -7 -9 | 8 7 -6 8 |-8 -7 6 -8 |

| 7 -6 -5 7 | -7 6 5 -7 | -6 -5 -4 -6 | 6 5 4 6 |

| -5 -4 -3 -5 | 5 4 3 5 | -4 -3 -2 -4 | 4 3 2 1 |

* * * *

I've read somewhere, I think from Gussow, that Jason Ricci can play something like 135 bpm. Good luck getting there.. and no, I'm not there yet either I just thought I'd pass on a good exercise.

P.S. This *not* a "fun" exercise by any means. This is one those things that could definitely qualify as "work". It will work a beginner to death, but this is the kind of exercise that separates the also-rans from the dedicated players.


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