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Topic: Hanon Versus Chang  (Read 2161 times)

Offline ThePhoenixEffect

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Hanon Versus Chang
on: November 14, 2003, 02:40:44 AM
I'm not really sure whether to continue doing my Hanon exercises or not because of what Mr. Chang says.

https://members.aol.com/chang8828/exercises.htm

Would someone mind taking a glance over this part and the entire "book" of Mr. Chang's and tell me what would be best?

Offline Davek

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Re: Hanon Versus Chang
Reply #1 on: November 14, 2003, 02:55:28 AM
has hanon been working for you? if yes then continue it, different things work for different pianists. i had the same?, so i stoped but then realized that hanon actually helped me a lot with the thirds,trills,etc. i also have a good teacher that knows how to use books like that.

HoPe ThIs HeLps

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Re: Hanon Versus Chang
Reply #2 on: November 14, 2003, 05:07:07 AM
I've just started it so I'll just have to see.

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Re: Hanon Versus Chang
Reply #3 on: November 14, 2003, 05:46:14 PM
I've read the Chang book, and so I don't need to refer to the link.

Chang is against Hanon for several reasons: 1) He does not see any validity in Hanon's claim that you can become a "virtuoso pianist" with the 60 exercises. 2) The exercises are all hands together, and there's no provision for HS practise. As a result, Chang feels that the stronger hand does not improve because it is limited by the weaker hand. 3) There is nothing built into the exercises that rests the fatigued hand - as HS exercises might have. 4) Because the exercises are repetitive and easy to memorize, they can easily lead to unmusical, mindless, and robot-like playing.
I believe he makes several other points as well.

With the exeption of #1 above, the other points can be refuted because good teachers who use Hanon tend to use the exercises creatively. In other words, they have students play hands seperate, in rhythms, transpose to all keys (which Hanon advises), use different articulations - which requires  concentration and removes the mindless element.

Point #1 is hard to argue against, but short of virtuoso technique, you can certainly acquire some technical advantage through studying Hanon.

I happen to be on the fence regarding Hanon. I think it is misused a lot by bad teachers. If you learn and practice Hanon you may improve your technique to a greater or lesser extent, but no one has proved that you can't do accomplish  similar learning actual music.

Chang raises some interesting points about Hanon - and other - exercises. I think he is too didactic in his opposition to them though.

At the end of the day, is Chang your teacher, or are you paying someone else who actually hears and sees you play, and can provide you with advice based on first hand knowledge of you?
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Offline Hilios

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Re: Hanon Versus Chang
Reply #4 on: December 01, 2003, 08:07:09 PM
I like very much ur point Hmoll, i only like to include, that the hanon start to improve the 2 hand tecniches, even in the first years of study, and later, give your two hands the same hability and velocity, this means difference in order to make a solo using the left, the rigth or both hands.

to make a player virtous i think is a metter of gift, and a hard study of many books and tecniches, including hanon, not only hanon  ;)
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Re: Hanon Versus Chang
Reply #5 on: December 01, 2003, 09:24:22 PM
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to make a player virtous i think is a metter of gift, and a hard study of many books and tecniches, including hanon, not only hanon  ;)


So Mr Ashkenazy is not a virtuoso?
Ed
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