The Chromatic Exercise and how to pick Talking About A Revolution!
It’s week two and time to crack on with the chromatic exercise.
This is a great exercise for warming up. You will improve your left hands finger dexterity as well as your right hands picking technique.
Simply set the metronome to a low BPM, like 50-60 BPM. If you don’t have a metronome, use this: Metronome Online.
Step 1 – Chromatic Exercise – 10-20 min
You don’t have to play all the way up the neck, you could stop around fret 5, increase with 4 BPM and then carry on.
Here’s the exercise in a video, can you play along with it?
Spend no more than 20 minutes at this step.
Step 2 – Picking Talking About A Revolution 10-20 min
Last week we strummed the chords to ‘Talking About A Revolution’, this week it’s time to pick the chords instead.
To find out if you should pick using an up or down stroke, study the video below. I start picking at 0:50.
You can use the pattern I’ve written out for you below over the whole song if you play along with the video. This would give you a second guitar part.
Start by playing the pattern slowly, when it is memorised, gradually bring up the tempo.
Here’s the TAB.
Today we continued playing the Chromatic Exercise as well as looked at how to pick the chords of ‘Talking About A Revolution’.
If you have more time to practice over the next few days, simply take this lesson again.
In three days time you will receive step 3 and 4 for this weeks lesson. We will then play the whole song using both strumming and picking.
You might have noticed how there are still a few small details in this song we haven’t covered yet, don’t worry, we will look at them in the next session.
See you then!
Dan (your guitar guru)