hey, experienced people.  what do you recommend for  

1. fixing balance problems between the hands (dynamics and such)
2. fixing even-ness and quelching unwanted accents in fingers and in general.

anybody believe in finger exercises? or anything else?

nagging problem of mine. thanks.  

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use your ear.  that will fix everything.
listen and play what you hear in your head.
hear the evenness and demand that sound from your fingers.
no rote exercises will help you with this.
i believe the most challenging music i've encountered which requires absolute balance and control over volume is bach.  you can choose your own pieces, but learning things like the fugue (very long, difficult musically, if not technically) from the e-minor partita helped a great deal.  the aria from the goldberg variations is not difficult technically, but requires a great deal of control and musicality to play, to give one more example.

however, even less demanding works like some of scriabin's preludes or etudes (the simpler ones -- some of these are quite difficult) will force you to consider your technical problem.  or, for another example, you could master something simple like chopin's "raindrop" prelude if you can't play evenly and with control.  another source from the literature which isn't very demanding are beethoven's op. 126 bagatelles -- these require typically a great deal of control, and not necessarily an advanced technique.  the 2nd, the 6th, the 1st, the 4th are my favorites, and they also cannot be played if the hands aren't balanced perfectly.  they are also rather deep little pieces, compared with his other bagatelles.
it doesn't matter what you play if you aren't listening.
completely agree with cynbad, but there's some excercises/pieces that concertrate purely on regularity (whether this is controlled by ear or by hand) like some of debussy's children's corner. the way i look at it is that we play with our ears, and not our fingers. the fingers are just there to produce what the mind wants to hear. their shape, size or movement are irrelevant as long as they bring out what the ear is looking for.
in my opinion, mozart sonatas are the most demanding for evenness in the fingers.  so if you really want to practice that skill, play some mozart.
sure, anything classical, really, mozart, fine.  my point was that this is a question only somebody coming from a classical background would ask.  can you imagine wynton kelly or sonny clark stressing about this?  of course not -- they'd be playing the music they chose until it sounded right *to them*.  that's the reason i recommended simple classical tunes, including from bach, which emphasize control, over velocity.
"anything classical" is a huge generalization.
mozart is actually "classical" whereas bach is "baroque".  
anything classical will not do.  you need to choose something with a lot of running 8th or 16th notes going on -- that need to "flow like oil".  i'd pick mozart because it is so demanding in that regard.  you can't cover anything up -- it's all very exposed, unlike in romantic music, and baroque music is more polyphonic and not the same thing at all.
even hanon would work better than some things.
but the fact remains, whatever you are trying to play evenly, you've got to hear it in your head first and demand of yourself to play it that way.  same with balance between hands or even bringing out a voice within the notes of a chord in the same hand.  listen for it, and it will come.  your neurological system can do it on its own.  your hands can do what your mind wants to hear.  you just have to listen.
i'd never heard that before, that mozart was classical, and bach was baroque.  how interesting.

it makes perfect sense that i would provide a list of specific examples of tunes which require even control of the fingers given that i really believe any classical music is equally demanding.  that makes sense.
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