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
- C Major
- G Major
- D Major
- A Major
- E Major
- B Major
- F# Major/Gb Major
- Db Major
- Ab Major
- Eb Major
- Bb 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:
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