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The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises by C. L. Hanon (1819-1900) is probably the most popular piano technique book in history. First Hanon Exercises is an abridged version of the first 20 of Hanon’s 60 exercises, making them useful for late elementary and early intermediate piano students. Eighth notes are used instead of sixteenth notes; each exercise has only 16 measures instead of 32; and the hands are placed two octaves apart for greater comfort. Scales, primary chord progressions, and tonic chord arpeggios are included in all twenty-four keys. Chromatic scales also add to the usefulness of this book. These time-tested exercises can greatly help in developing finger dexterity, coordination, and evenness of touch.

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