I Didn’t Forget… I Swear! And I’m Back with Piano Finger Exercises

by Omar Zulfi on May 29, 2013

Piano Finger ExercisesHey everybody!

In this post I’m going to talk about basic piano finger exercises that will help you finger flexibility and dexterity. But before I get into that I wanna say something. (If you want to skip to the exercises, just scroll down or check out these really good piano exercises. If you’re cool with hearing me explain my lack or practice, read on…)

My Bad…

Wow it’s been a long time since my last post. And yup, you guessed it. I stopped practicing again.

I know, I know… I’m horrible. But life got in the way again and I wasn’t able to sit down and practice. I didn’t forget about the site, I swear. And I’ll never forget about this site. I am on a mission to learn the piano, no matter how long it takes. And I want to put the whole thing online.

But for real, I’m going to do better by you guys. When I came back to the site to update it a while back, I was amazed by the number of comments from REAL people who really found the way I explain things here helpful and useful.

Seriously, thats crazy! And I don’t want to leave you hanging for long periods any more. So I set up a practice schedule everyday and I’m going to try to post here as I progress to different lessons.

Started Practicing Again with Piano Finger Exercises

I started practicing again a couple of weeks ago but since it’s been a few weeks since I’ve practiced – I’m going back to the basics. Starting over with all of my scales. I worked on the C Major. And I’m still good with that. I also practiced F Major and I’m good with that again. So now it’s time to move onto the Bb (B-Flat) Major Scale. (Find out why I’m bouncing from scale to scale on this post)

But before I post about the next scale, I gotta say this. Not practicing messes with your technique hardcore. My fingers got stiff by the time I started practicing again and I couldn’t move them around the keyboard like I used to.

So for the first couple of days I just practiced for an hour or so every day doing piano finger exercises to help my fingers move loosely again.

This helped a lot and I suggest everyone do finger exercises for piano for the first 10-15 minutes of every practice session. That’s what I’m going to do from now on. It really helps you move across the keyboard a lot easier.


Here’s basically what you do.

Beginner Piano Exercises Explained

I know two different beginner piano exercises and these are the ones I do everyday I practice playing the piano. I am going to learn more exercises that will help me get faster and better (like hanon exercises) and I will post about them soon.

But for now, try doing these two exercises everyday and you’ll get better and better everyday.

The First Piano Finger Exercise

For the first exercise for your fingers place your right hand on the piano with your thumb on the middle C note, followed by each of your other fingers on the rest of the notes that follow. (click here for more info on piano finger placement)

SO, start with your right hand, place it on the piano keys like this:

  • Thumb (finger #1) – Middle C Note
  • Index (finger #2) – D Note
  • Middle (finger #3) – E Note
  • Ring (finger #4) – F Note
  • Pinky (finger #5) –  G Note

Now you simply play all those notes one at a time starting with your thumb (C Note), one after the other, moving to the right. Once you reach the G Note with your pinky, go back down the notes moving left.

So this is how you play the notes – C, D, E, F, G, F, E, D – and then repeat a few times. For the full piano finger exercise you’ll be playing up and down the notes 3 times, and end back on the C. (see the video.)

Start off slow, and gradually speed up more and more.

Finger Placement For Your Left Hand:

  • Pinky (Finger #5) – C Notes
  • Ring (Finger #4) – D Note
  • Middle (Finger #3) – E Note
  • Index (Finger #2) – F Note
  • Thumb (Finger #1) – G Note

The rest of the process is the same as the right hand. Play it up and down 3 times, ending again on the C.

If you can read piano sheet music (I’ll have a page on this site explaining how soon!!) then here’s an image that kind of describes how to play it. If you can’t, just watch the video above.

Piano Finger ExercisesFinger Exercises for Piano – #2

So the second piano finger exercise is very similar to the first one, except this time instead of going up and down the first 5 notes of the C Major Scale, we’re going to play the two notes adjacent to each other.

These are the notes – C, D, E, F, G

So we’ll alternate notes that are beside each other, playing C and D a few times, D and E a few times, E and F a few times and so on.

Use the same piano finger positions as the first exercise here.

This is what you’ll play on both hands going up the scale (to the right):

  • Thumb + Index Finger – C, D, C, D, C, D, C, D –>
  • Index + Middle Finger- E, D, E, D, E, D, E, D –>
  • Middle + Ring Finger – E, F, E, F, E, F, E, F –>
  • Ring + Pinky Finger – G, F, G, F, G, F, G, F –>

And then back downwards (to the left) using a similar idea:

  • Middle + Ring Finger – E, F, E, F, E, F, E, F –>
  • Index + Middle Finger- E, D, E, D, E, D, E, D –>
  • Thumb + Index Finger – C, D, C, D, C, D, C, D –>
  • End on the C Note with your thumb

That’s a pretty complicated way of putting it, so I’d really suggest watching the video above. It’s much easier to visually see than to read.

Unfortunately I don’t have a picture to show you of sheet music, but if I find one or can make one I will post it up.

So that’s it for now. Those are the only two piano exercises I’m doing right now. I will eventually learn more beginner and intermediate piano finger exercises. I already know I’ll learn them using this course.

If you want some more piano finger exercise ideas and strategies that will really help your fingers become independent, stronger, faster and much more agile, I’d suggest checking out this course (I do get compensated if you decide to purchase through my link, at no additional charge) on hanon exercises for piano from HearAndPlay.com.

They make great courses and I’m using their 300 page course to learn the basics that I share with you here. Definitely check it out if you want to move ahead without waiting for me. Once I learn more from their hanon exercises course I’ll share some stuff with you guys, but definitely won’t be able to share all the different exercises – there’s just too many.

So if you want to know all the different ways to improve your overall piano technique then definitely pick up a copy for yourself.

Anyways, that’s it for the beginner piano finger exercises (for now..). I really hope you got something new out of this post. And please keep the comments and questions coming. I love hearing from you. I’ll be back soon with another post!

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