Intermediate Chromatic Exercises

Chromatic and sweeping exercises

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Intermediate Exercises

The best way to practice the chromatic exercise

In the intermediate guitar course, we look at eleven more variations that develop the chromatic and sweeping exercises.

Sweeping exercise 4-6 move over four strings, the right hand should execute this with a sweeping motion. You must practice the sweeping exercises very slowly at first.

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Sweeping exercises

Practice Guidelines

Some of these exercises will improve your timing, others focus on speed. In order for you to get the most out of them, make sure you are ticking these boxes:

  • Always practice to a metronome
  • Start slowly, increase with no more than 4 BPM at a time
  • Stop if it hurts
  • If you can’t play with perfect accuracy, you are pushing the BPM too much

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Chromatic speed exercises

Speed and Timing

The next four exercises (7-10) use rests, practice these to improve your speed.

The last four chromatic exercises (11-14) contain 16th note clusters. Practice these to improve your timing.

There’s plenty more you can do with these exercises than what you find in the video lessons, the intermediate courses takes both the sweeping and speed exercises much, much further.

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Chromatic 16th note clusters

Guitar Lessons

Chromatic Exercise Hammer-On

Today we start exploring a bunch of hammer-on exercises. You don’t need a metronome for this, instead just focus on the clarity and volume of each note.

Most likely, the slower you play this, the better.

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Chromatic Exercise Pull-Off

Today we reverse the idea by pulling-off instead of hammering-on.

Still, there is not really any need for a metronome, just focus on getting those notes to pop out nice and clear.

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Two Notes Per String Hammer-On Exercise

In order to get a great technique, we must exercise all our fingers.

Starting on fret 2 with your middle finger, then play fret 4 with your little finger will take care of this.

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Pull-Off One Note Per String

How is it possible to pull-off when you only play one note per string?

During the switch from one fret to the next, that’s how.

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Chromatic and Sweeping Exercises – Step 1

Before we start working on Blowin’ In The Wind, we first practice some chromatic and sweeping exercises.

The first two use the rhythm of one 8th, two 16th notes.

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Chromatic and Sweeping Exercises – Step 2

In this step, we practice another couple of chromatic and sweeping exercises.

Spend up to twenty minutes doing this before you move on to the final set of exercises.

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Chromatic and Sweeping Exercises – Step 3

In this final step, we practice the same rhythm you’ll use when playing Blowin’ In The Wind.

This is easier than previous examples for the chromatic version but much, much more difficult for the sweeping pattern.

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Chromatic Exercise 2 Accent

In this first step, we work towards playing Kiss Me by fine-tuning our picking technique.

The video lesson explains this in detail as you get four exercises that move the accent around a chromatic exercise.

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Chromatic and Sweeping Kiss Me rhythm

In this step, we use the verse rhythm of Kiss Me and apply it to both the chromatic and the sweeping exercise.

To be successful, you must sing the rhythm as you play, especially when you sweep.

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Related Pages


All those open position chords you learned in the beginner course now become barre chords and pentatonic scales.

We’ll use this to map out the entire fret board. Everything becomes easier to visualize once this foundation is laid.

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Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fret board.

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Intermediate Acoustic Songs

You can learn how to play these intermediate songs on the acoustic guitar.

A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.

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Electric Course

Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

These Motown/Soul songs require you to learn how to play fractions of barre chord shapes and build improvised licks using pentatonic scales.

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Intermediate Electric Songs

You can learn how to play these intermediate songs on the electric guitar.

Be My Baby, Can I Get A Witness, Get Ready, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Jimmy Mack, Master Blaster (Jammin’), Money (That’s What I Want), My Guy, Rescue Me, Respect, Son Of A Preacher Man, Soul Man, and You Can’t Hurry Love.

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