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Pentatonic Hanon Exercises

~ PentHan 25-05-20 ~


These web pages host the Pentatonic Hanon video performances and exclusive Musicarta Patreon Tier One music manuscript and teaching notes.

You can discover more about pentatonic scales and pentatonic music in general via the Musicarta Pentatonics home page.

Pentatonic Hanon 25-05-20 (minor)

Watch the video, trying to memorise the pitch (up/down) 'contour'.

Note: This is the full-speed performance, so don't freak out! Approachable teaching-speed video follows.

Note also that the study is minor throughout, so '3' and '7' on the keyboard always denote minor third and minor seventh.

Download the MS PDF using this link.

The pattern

Note that the study is minor throughout, so '3' and '7' on the keyboard always denote minor third and minor seventh.

The pattern uses both chromatic passing tones - major 7 and flat 5/sharp 4. Neither are indicated on the keyboard - too messy.

The full-speed version (above) shows the pentatonic scale-tones - this is what you are expecting to identify immediately by sound.


Practice speed

This version gives the fingering.Stop the video and memorise/practice the fingering for each key. Some small segments use temporary variants.

  • D minor and E minor fingering (right hand) is identical.
  • Expect to put the thumb on F sharp!
  • Some slight adjustment when modulating to the next key might be needed.

As with all the Pentatonic Hanon studies, the emphasis must but on playing the pattern (step or skip between the scale tones), not relying on the dots!

Further challenges

The study plays through keys from C minor to F sharp minor rising by whole tones. The second-time bars show both how to rise and fall a whole tone (modulate). The study could as easily fall through the keys.

G sharp minor has not been given. Challenge yourself to practice F sharp minor and G sharp minor alternating until you're used to the hand-feel.

Play also rising or falling between F and B minors.

Any number of other bass figures are possible. Experiment at least with all the 'two up/two down' varieties (Pentatonics Workbook), judging by ear what sounds best.

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