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Pentatonic Hanon Exercises

~ PentHan 26-07-19 ~


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 26-07-19 (minor)

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

Teaching notes

There is a repeated practice-speed pattern demonstration octave at the start of the video.

Here is the MS.

The right hand pattern uses both chromatic passing tones (ascending).

Practice the right hand until the logic of the fingering sinks in. Yes, it uses the thumb on black key Bb! The C position is the only one fingered.

 The left hand two-against-three

The left hand covers the whole minor pentatonic scale plus #4/b5, and uses straight quavers against the right hand triplets. Don't worry too much about getting the three-against-two exactly right; just set off and try to hit the left hand upper C/tonic at the same time as the right hand starts the new bar (on count "1").

Optionally, adapt 26-07-19 as a one-octave study. You will need to know by how much the right and left hands move to the new key/position - RH up semitone, LH down a semitone.

Set One

The study is in two sets, rising by whole tones from C to G sharp, and from F to C sharp.

Here is the MS for the first set.

Download the MS PDF using this link.

Note: Learn the exercise one key/position at a time. Optionally, play just the easier keys D, E, G, A, B minors, which have fewer black keys.

Second Set

Here is the Second Set, ascending by whole tones from F to C sharp.

As with all the Pentatonic Hanon studies, the emphasis must be not on relying on the dots, but on seeing the pattern (in terms of step of skip between whichever pentatonic scale tones), memorising it, and then playing from that.

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