I know that we’ve all been told that it’s important to do daily exercise in these ‘lockdown’ days. If you can tear yourself away from Tom Daley’s 10 minute home workout, here’s what I’m doing to exercise my fingers.
A daily dose of Hanon may annoy the neighbours, but it’s very good for strengthening all five fingers. I was introduced to these exercises when I was about 14 or 15 and although my practice of them has been intermittent, currently I try to do them every day. They are quite boring, but it’s only 10 minutes and they work!
First published in 1873, Wikipedia tells me that The Virtuoso Pianist is Charles Louis Hanon’s most well-known work. I can’t wait to hear his 1st Symphony! Or maybe he did an arrangement of these for string quartet?