PatreonMUSICARTA Premium Pentatonic Hanon Exercises ~ PentHan 01-12-20 ~ ~ Patterns 1-6 in C ~
Pentatonic Hanon 01-12-20 drills combinations of triplets and repeated
notes in the major pentatonic scale - a very useful combination for improvising, and to practice improvising.
These web pages host the PentHan 01-12-20 video performances and exclusive music manuscript and teaching notes.
You should start this series of lesson from the Introduction/Orientation page.
Two quick house-keeping matters...
Here's how the PentHan 01-12-20 material is presented by video and web page.
There are twelve PentHan 01-12-20 patterns, and eight 'mixed pairs (of patterns)
These are presented in full in three keys: C (no black keys in the pentatonic scale); E flat (two black keys); and E (three black keys).
For ease of navigation, these exercises are divided up six, six and eight patterns per compiled video/web page.
Video/Page One: Series Introduction and Orientation
Video/Page Two: Patterns 1–6 in C
Video/Page Three: Patterns 7–12 in C
Video/Page Four: Mixed Patterns 1–8 in C
Video/Page Five: Patterns 1–6 in EH
Video/Page Six: Patterns 7–12 in EH
Video/Page Seven: Mixed Patterns 1–8 in EH
Video/Page Eight: Patterns 1–6 in E
Video/Page Nine: Patterns 7–12 in E
Video/Page Ten: Mixed Patterns 1–8 in E
Next come twenty (6+6+8) 'Play-by-ear' exercises, which require you to become familiar with or revise the D, B flat, A and A flat major pentatonic scales, and understand the Play-by-ear exercise structure.
The series thus continues:
Video/Page Eleven: Playing By Ear - Introduction and Orientation
Page Twelve: Playing By Ear, Patterns 1-6
Page Thirteen: Playing By Ear, Patterns 7-12
Page Fourteen: Playing By Ear, Mixed Patterns 1-8
Videos Twelve to Twenty-four: Playing By Ear, Patterns 1–12 and Mixed Pairs 1–8
(the Play-by-ear videos are not amalgamated.)
NB: Optional! Mainly for teachers and advanced pupils...
PentHan 01-12-20 exercises are NOT fingered. Slowing
down to play 'recommended fingering' goes dead against the purpose of
these exercises - which is to play patterns instinctively, regardless
of fingering difficulties, and - over time - develop a general improvising hand
There is a general (and good) rule in piano teaching that repeated
notes should be played with a different finger. This should be observed whenever
It suits our purpose too, since the patterns creep up and down the
keyboard, and swapping fingers e.g. 3 to 2 (rising) or 2 to 4
(falling) whenever the same note is played twice, moves the hand sideways and "keeps the fingers
There is another general rule - that it is better not to use
the thumb on black keys. This might ideally be preferable, but for the
improvising pianist, it turns out to be both possible and sometimes inevitable that
you will play black keys with the thumb.
You will never pass the thumb under and onto a black key,
but you can comfortably play black keys with the thumb by moving the
hand up to the back of the keys - while judiciously "backing out" as soon as convenient!
PentHan 01-12-20: Nos.1-6 in C
This page hosts the first six PentHan 01-12-20 patterns in C.
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