The most widely used piano technique book ever written, The Virtuoso Pianist was designed to develop agility and strength in all the fingers as well as flexibility of the wrists. Exercises are sequenced so that in each successive exercise, the fingers are rested from the fatigue caused by the previous one. Translated from the original French, this Masterworkedition includes the complete Exercises 1-60 and is clearly engraved fo r easy reading. Hanon's original introduction is included. He recommendsthat a student have at least one year of experience before starting thi s book. A General MIDI disk is available separately (Item #5715). The disk contains varied styles of accompaniments including pop, classical andjazz for Exercises 1-20.