With piano study so wide-spread and the number of quality pianists so numerous, a much higher standard of execution is expected. To perform an especially difficult piece would normally take eight to ten years of practice. Few people are in a position to devote so many years to this study, and consequently their playing is uneven and incorrect.
It is a known fact that one hand is always stronger and has more dexterity than the other, which obviously has an impact on the ability to execute certain difficult passages in keyboard literature. The solution to this problem is the work, The Virtuoso Pianist, In 60 Exercises.
In the Hanon Complete For The Virtuoso Pianist are found the exercises necessary to acquire the agility, independence, strength and absolute evenness of the fingers, along with suppleness of the wrists, which are all prerequisites for fine execution.
This mandatory work from Santorella Publications is intended for all piano students and should be taken up after their first year. More advanced students will master these exercises very quickly, and never again experience stiffness of the fingers or wrists. These exercises need to be practiced daily, and can be completed in one hour if executed properly. Once these exercises are thoroughly mastered, the result will be the beautiful, clear, clean execution of a distinguished player.