Definition of five-finger exercise in US English:

five-finger exercise


  • An exercise on the piano for all the fingers on both hands.

    • ‘Technically, Lang was astounding, hurling off torrents of double octaves as though they were five-finger exercises, and finding accents and nuances within the densest of textures.’
    • ‘Book I consists mostly of five-finger exercises on the middle-C position, hands alone.’