THE MUSICARTA HANON
Rhythmic Variations

A-Z Series - Page One

The eight equal notes of one Hanon pattern can be squeezed into the six quaver slots of a bar of six-eight by doubling the speed/halving the length of four of the notes.

This can be effected in a great variety of ways, giving you a near-endless variety of patterns to play - and enjoy! - your Hanon exercises.

Download the music for the Musicarta Hanon A-Z Series Rhythmic Variations here.

These rhythmic patterns will 'crisp up' your playing - if you listen closely enough, and, when the hands start playing different rhythms, will offer an excellent daily opportunity to practice syncopated finger patterns.

The patterns are best learnt and practiced in a static five-finger position before being 'applied' to the Hanon excercises. Here is a video explaining the procedure.


The familiar Hanon exercises are played in the new rhythms. Here's the first example.


But you also transfer the rhythm to another Hanon exercise. Here's how.


Rhythmic templates A, B and C are 'unison' patterns. From D on, things get a little more complicated.


There's extra help in the form of a 'tapping drill'.


  Rhythmic templates A to E  

Below is how the Rhythmic Variations are presented - assuming that you have watched and understood the five mini-videos above.

    Exercise HCV-A

Unison - both hands play in the same rhythm.

The two semiquavers (sixteenth notes) occupy the first quaver (eighth-note) slot.

Count "One-and-two three, one-and-two three".



Here is the HCV-A rhythmic template applied to Hanon No.2






    Exercise HCV-B


Still in unison.

The two semiquavers (sixteenth notes) occupy the second quaver (eighth-note) slot.

Count "One two-and-three, one two-and-three".



Here is the HCV-B rhythmic template applied to Hanon No.7





    Exercise HCV-C


The two semiquavers (sixteenth notes) occupy the third quaver (eighth-note) slot.

Count: "One two three-and-one two three-and".



Here is the HCV-C rhythmic template applied to Hanon No.3





    Exercise HCV-D


Now the hands start doing different things.

The semiquavers in the right hand are on quaver one; the semiquavers in the left hand are on quaver two.

Listen first and study the beat map. There are more preparatory steps demonstrated in the videos below if needed.



  Pattern build-up

A video showing how to practice the hands separately and together in a static five-finger position.


  Tapping drill

Here's some help tapping the syncopated pattern.


  Transferring the pattern

Here's an audio example of the HCV-D rhythmic template applied to Hanon Exercise No.4.





    Exercise HCV-E


The semiquavers in the right hand are on quaver two; the semiquavers in the left hand are on quaver three.

Listen and study the beat map. Preparatory steps demonstrated below if needed.



  Pattern build-up

A video showing how to practice the hands separately and together in a static five-finger position.


  Tapping drill

Here's some help tapping the syncopated pattern.


  Transferring the pattern

Here's an audio example of the HCV-E rhythmic template applied to Hanon No.5.






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MUSICARTA HANON SERIES

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Combined Patterns
Hanon in Six-Eight
In Sixths and Tenths
[Two-four]
In Sixths and Tenths
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Rhythmic Variations
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