Beginner Chromatic Exercises

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Bring the Chromatic Exercise to life!

The concept of the Spy Tunes Chromatic Exercises is to add rhythms.

This is a unique concept to Spy Tunes that has become one of our most popular exercises.

Put into a routine and practiced daily, the Spyders will seriously improve any guitarists:

  1. Accuracy
  2. Speed
  3. Right and Left Hand co-ordination
  4. Rhythmical Awareness
  5. Timing & Groove

The first three exercises should set you up nicely for the Intermediate Chromatic Exercises where the concept will be taken to its full potential.

Before you dive into that, make sure you can play the first three to a click.

For exact step by step instructions of how to get the most from the Chromatic Exercises, turn to the Beginner Guitar Course.

Chromatic Exercise 1

The first exercise is based on a straight 8th note pattern (8 notes in one bar of 4/4)

Aim to reach a BPM of at least 120 before you stop practicing this and move on to exercise 2.

Chromatic Exercise 2

Exercise 2 is based on a straight 16th note pattern (16 notes in a bar of 4/4)

Use this exercises to measure your overall development.

There is no point in trying to get this exercise to really fast BPM just on it’s own, you will have to practice the Intermediate Chromatic Exercises as well.

Doing it this way will fine tune your picking technique and enable the straight 16th note pattern to be executed quicker.

Chromatic Exercise 3

The third Chromatic Exercises is based on an 8th note triplet pattern (3 notes per beat).

As you play this exercise, ensure you play every down beat with a down stroke.

As you might have noticed, the downbeat is no longer synchronized with your index finger.

This in itself will greatly improve your left and right hand co-ordination since the downbeat will correspond with different left hand fingers.

Keep practicing the first three exercises until they reach 70-90 BPM. When this feels comfortable, move on to Intermediate Chromatic Exercises.

Conclusion Chromatic Exercises

The first three exercises got you set up to play the same exercise with different rhythms.

Doing this will enable you to play these first three faster. The beginner course look at this in more detail.

The best way forward to achieve great results is to play these little and often, most importantly you need to play different rhythms in order to iron out any problems in the right hand.

To ensure you have improved, keep track of what BPM you can play these first three at.

Take the Beginner Guitar Course and you will get step by step instructions and get the most from the Chromatic Exercises.