I'm a firm believer in stretching before I do any work out exercises. The same is true with practicing the piano each day. Reach for Hanon 1 Finger Exercises or do these Five-Finger Patterns. I will be starting lessons right after Labor Day and will be handing out the following exercises for practice.
Starting with the above keys, play this five-finger scale with all five fingers. Start at C and play to G, then return to C. Do this one hand at a time. Then play the finger scale, slow and steady, with both hands at the same time.
C Maj Broken Chords (Arpeggios)
Play notes C_E_G Play hands over hand, four octaves up and back, beginning with the left hand.
C Maj Block Chords
Play the notes C, E, and G together at the same time. Play firmly up and back 3 octaves.
Start at G and play to D, then return to G. Play with both hands at the same time.
G Maj Arpeggios
Play G_B_D notes with hand over hand, 3 octaves up and back.
G Maj Block Chords
Play the notes G, B, D together in both hands, 3 octaves up and back.
Play from F up to C and then back again. (F_G_A_Bb_C) Same procedure as above.
F Maj Arpeggios
Play notes, F_A_C one at a time
F Maj Block Chords
Play these notes at the same time in both hands, F_A_C
Start at D and play to A, then return to D. Play with curved fingers and try using both hands.
D Maj Arpeggios
Play the keys, D_F#_A one at a time, using both hands. Play 3 octaves up and back.
D Maj Block Chords
Play the notes D-F#-A at the same time in both hands, up and back solidly.
Play all five notes, A_B_C#_D_E with all five fingers in both hands.
A Maj Arpeggios
Play A, C#, E with hand over hand, 3 octaves up and back
A Maj Block Chords
Press down A_C#_E in both hands, moving up and down the keyboard.
Start at E and play to B, then go back to E, using all five fingers.
E Maj Arpeggios
Play the notes E_G#_B one at a time. Roll those broken chords so they sound like a harp.
E Maj Block Chords
Play E, G#, B together in both hands. Practice chords for church music, along with rock and roll.
Start at B and play to F#, using all five fingers, then descend to B where you started from.
B Maj Arpeggio Chords
Play these piano notes, B_D#_F#, hand over hand.
B Maj Block Chords
Play B, D#, F# simultaneously.
Have fun strengthening your fingers and building muscles. Keep your hands limbered.
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