Hallo all. Just sharing these forum, I would be interested, if someone has an opinion on how useful the finger exercises of Dohnanyi are. Ernst Von Dohnanyi’s Essential Finger Exercises is an excellent book which helps pianists to develop and secure technique. (Z) en-GB. My new teacher just gave me the first page of “Dohnanyi’s Essential Finger Exercises”. Boy, are they challenging. Of course, I like a challenge.

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How to Practice the Piano: Doh! Dohnányi

Dohnanyi Essential Finger Exercises [ Re: Music Lists are as unique as the musician! The payoff for perseverance is that when we encounter a similar passage in a repertoire piece, we have a facility for mastering it. It depended on whether I was just asked to play on the spot, preparing for a recital, or a long period of practice.

Trilling with 3 and 4 while the other fingers are down won’t occur anywhere, but the more freely all the fingers can move, the faster and more evenly you can play. I’m glad these aren’t considered beginner exercises since I’m struggling with them some what.


A concert level friend said “it’s all patterns” – not that hard to memorize. For those of you who are curious – try this.

You can also download at any time in your Digital Library. This will train your ears. There’s no such thing as a general technique. Please Support Our Advertisers. Dohnanyi are your one-handed pushups. That’s what it feels like. Consider writing about your experience and musical tastes.

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I personally think these “finger strength” exercises actually gain finger strength by default, but what you are actually working is finger control more than anything? If you have any suggestions or comments on the guidelines, please email us. To create a music list, please sign in.

The only preparation for playing real pieces is to dohnabyi real pieces. Without a teacher, it’s very hard to find an expedient path to proper technique, and ultimately expression. Is the transcription accurate?

Essential Finger Exercises (Dohnányi, Ernő)

Hanon are good exercises – esp. This also forced some rethinking but I found it came naturally, like a perspective, and then made the whole fit better.


Professional pianist and piano teacher. Schmitt also has exercises like this one. Dohnanyi’s famous technical exercises will teach any aspiring student control over individual fingers as well as other techniques like thirds, fourths, sixths, octaves and chords. Basically not enough variety for a more advanced student. Maybe not for everyone? She had so aspired to concert level, and as I asked, politely, what her scars were from on right forearm, was stunned to hear she’d had a nerve removed after it was “irreversibly damaged” by 3 hours a day of exercising the weak fingers.

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I thought I was dohhanyi decent with the fingering until I started these. If you want results that don’t take forever to achieve, then these exercises are for you. Editio Musica Budapest Customer Rating: Have to agree with Piano WannaB’s comments.