Popular Hand Exercises Books for Piano

Playing a musical instrument can be fun, but requires hard work too. Photo by Hans. Regardless of your playing level, or whether you are preparing for a piano exam, finger exercises are one of the keys to achieving technical fluency. These finger strengthening exercises give you the chops you need to tackle your pieces (AKA "repertoire").

This is a list of 15 of the most popular books of finger exercises for piano. If you click on the link, you'll go to a page to order it (or get more information on it):

  1. The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios and Cadences: Includes All the Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic, Melodic) & Chromatic Scales - Plus Additional Instructions on Music Fundamentals
  2. Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises, Complete (Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics, Vol. 925)
  3. Piano Essentials: Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, and Cadences for the Contemporary Pianist (Book & CD)
  4. The First Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences (Alfred's Basic Piano Library)
  5. The Piano Handbook: A Complete Guide for Mastering Piano
  6. Master School of Virtuoso Piano Playing: Volume I Finger Exercises (Dover Music for Piano)
  7. Oscar Peterson - Jazz Exercises, Minuets, Etudes & Pieces for Piano
  8. Hanon for the Developing Pianist - Book/CD Pack: Hal Leonard Student Piano Library - Book/CD (Technique Classics)
  9. The School of Velocity, Op. 299 (Complete): For The Piano (Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics Vol. 161)
  10. Burgmuller, Czerny & Hanon: 32 Piano Studies for Technique and Musicality: 1
  11. Junior Hanon (Alfred Masterwork Edition)
  12. Twenty-Five Easy and Progressive Studies for the Piano, Op. 100: Piano Solo
  13. Schmitt Op. 16: Preparatory Exercises For the Piano, with Appendix (Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics, Vol. 434)
  14. Czerny: Art of Finger Dexterity for the Piano, Op. 740 (Complete) (Schirmer's Library Of Musical Classics, Vol. 154)
  15. Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist (Complete) (Alfred Masterwork Edition)

Your eyes aren't deceiving you. There are several different editions of Hanon's exercises - all of them are pretty popular.