This week we’re going to look at a great exercise I devised for working on a whole bunch of different technical problems. It’s based around the opening few bars of Widor’s Toccata in F Major and works through the complete Circle Of Fifths
Widor’s Toccata In F Major
The opening line of this Toccata is a great exercise in itself. Focus on the ring and pinky fingers while playing the first few notes:
Once you have the opening line mastered you can add the pivot chord lick in the second bar. This leads us nicely into a transposition of the line in C Major:
The Complete Exercise
Once you have the pivot line under your fingers you can repeat everything in C major before moving into G Major, D Major and every other key through the Circle Of Fifths. The pivot chord line leads us into each subsequent key:
Circle Of Fifths From F Major:
F# Major/Gb Major
Below we have the complete exercise. This is a great workout for both hands and can help develop all areas of your technique. Learn it slow (no need for metronomes) and take a break if you start to cramp up:
Remember to LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW, SHARE THE POST (just click on your preferred social platform below) and then …
Sign Up To Talkingbass For FREE!
Join over 100,000 members and R.A.I.S.E your Bass Game Today!
Complete Social Network (Facebook For Bass!) FREE Ebook Downloads, Practice Tracks, Drum Tracks and MUCH MORE!