THE MUSICARTA HANON
Hanon Canon

Page One

Knowing the Hanon exercises well provides an opportunity to develop critical keyboard skills other than simple dexterity.

Contrapuntal composing techniques like canons and fugues require the hands to be independent, so the second can play the same music starting a little later than the first.

This mini-series applies the delayed-start canon construction to the familiar Hanon exercises.

Only Exercises 1, 2 and 4 work with the left-hand delayed-entry version exactly the same as the right hand original. The rest require modification to a greater or lesser degree, as discussed in each instance.

The 'overlap' caused by the delayed entry of the left hand demands some attempt at a musical ending at the end of each half. The pupil should feel free to improvise his or her own.

Download the music for the Hanon in Canon exercises (both web pages) here.

Jump to:

No.2

No.3

No.4

No.8


    Exercise 1

Here is the full music for Exercise One in canon. (It is not practical to abbreviate the canon versions.)

This is a pure canon - the left hand plays the same music as the right hand, but delayed by one quaver (eighth note).



    Exercise 2

Exercise Two is also pure canon - the left hand plays the same music as the right hand, but delayed by one quaver (eighth note).



    Exercise 3

In order to harmonise satisfactorily, the left hand in Exercise Three actually plays Hanon Exercise 2.



    Exercise 4

Pure canon - the left hand plays the same music.



    Exercise 8

The left hand comes in a whole crotchet (quarter note - half a bar) late, and plays a five-finger position pattern. See the left hand exercise below the main video.


Here is the pattern the left hand plays in the exercise above, for you to practise. It is written out as if it were a proper Hanon exercise, starting on the beat and on C.

The audio has the right hand playing the pattern too. Play with both hands if you wish.



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MUSICARTA HANON SERIES

The Exercises
Combined Patterns
Hanon in Six-Eight
In Sixths and Tenths
[Two-four]
In Sixths and Tenths
[Six-eight]
Held Thumbs
(Preparatory)
Held Thumbs
(Two Hands)
Rhythmic Variations
A to Z Series
Rhythmic Variations
AA Series
Hanon Canon

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