Tritone Exercise from Vladimir Feltsman

Warming Up

Here is an exercise Vladimir Feltsman showed us a couple of times at his SUNY New Paltz master classes. It uses all five fingers in a symmetrical tritone pattern and happens to be an excellent warm-up to start your practice. We were supposed to learn it by rote, but not everybody was able to do that so I thought I would write it out.

Some theory – minded people can probably find inconsistencies in my notation: I was going for the least amount of accidentals while maintaining a perfect forth between the starting point of the hands. Mr. Feltsman started from the B and E as written but I sometimes widen my hands an octave or two.

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