Bring the chromatic exercise to life
Use different rhythms for maximum results
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A twist on the Chromatic Exercise
The concept of Spytunes chromatic exercises is to vary the rhythms. This is a unique concept that has become one of our most popular exercises.
Exercise 1 has a straight 8th note pattern (8 notes in one bar of 4/4). Aim to reach a BPM of at least 120.
Exercise 2 is based on a straight 16th note pattern (16 notes in a bar of 4/4). This is the exercise you’ll keep coming back to in order to measure your overall development.
Exercise 3 uses an 8th note triplet pattern (3 notes per beat). The first thing you’ll notice when you play it is that the downbeat is no longer synchronized with your index finger. This, in itself, will greatly improve your left and right-hand coordination.
Keep practicing the last two exercises until they reach 70-90 BPM.
Put into a daily routine, these exercises will seriously improve any guitarists:
- Right and left-hand coordination
- Rhythmical awareness
- Timing & groove
In my beginner guitar course, I’ll reveal the full potential of this amazing concept as we push the BPM, play it on string pairs, in reverse, string skip and turn it into a sweeping exercise.
To find exercise 4-14, visit intermediate chromatic exercises.
Here are the first three chromatic exercises and below, links to lessons in the course where they are developed further.
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Chromatic exercises 1-3
Combine Three Chromatic Exercises
Practice all exercises as the TAB describe before you start combining them in an improvised way.
Push The BPM Of A Chromatic Exercise
It’s also a great exercise for warming up, so let’s start with that.
Chromatic Exercise on string pairs
It would be a good idea to play at a tempo where 100% accuracy is achieved as speed is a consequence of accuracy.
The String Skipping Chromatic Exercise
You decide what tempo is right for you. Focus on 100% accuracy.
We do this in preparation for playing a new song.
Go to Sweeping exercise.
Sweeping Exercise – Push BPM
Perhaps 20 seconds playing, 10 seconds resting is a good idea.
Go to Sweeping exercise – Push BPM.
Sweeping Exercise – 16th Notes
Just like when we developed the first chromatic exercise, we now change to 16th notes.
Sweeping Exercise – Triplets
And just like before, the downbeat will now start corresponding with different fingers.
Go to Sweeping exercise – Triplets.
What exercises should you practice to warm-up and improve your technique? How do you understand and change the key of a song?
Go to Beginner guitar exercises.
Not only will learning songs help you with switching between chords and improve your rhythm playing. Songs also hold the key to how music works theoretically.
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Beginner Acoustic Songs
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