Chromatic Exercises

Chromatic exercise Guitar Conspiracy lesson

Practice the Chromatic Exercise with rhythms!

Here in the intermediate guitar lesson library we’ve got 11 more exercises based on the chromatic concept.

Some of these use a sweeping technique over several strings, others focus on speed.

In order for you to get the most out of the them, make sure you are ticking these boxes:

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

To learn more about these chromatic exercise, take the Intermediate Guitar Course.

Sweeping Exercises 4-6

These exercises move over 4 strings, the right hand should execute this with a sweeping motion (see video).

It might take you several weeks to make this type of exercise feel comfortable, to get there, practice slowly at first.

The aim with this exercise is to improve the control as you travel over several strings.

Chromatic Speed Exercises 7-10

These Chromatic Exercises deal with speed, push the BPM as far as you can.

Exercise 7 builds speed by only having 1 16th per beat, can you stay with the click?

Exercise 8 builds speed by only having 2 16th notes per beat, push BPM!

Exercise 9 builds speed by only having 3 16th per beat, push BPM!

Exercise 10 builds speed using 5 16th notes, rest for 3, push BPM!

Chromatic Timing Exercises 11-14

The last chromatic exercises in the intermediate library focus on 16th note clusters.

These rhythms are used extensively in popular music so your ability to play them accurately is vital.

Say the rhythms out loud before you start the exercise for maximum results.

Spyder 11 use a rhythmical cluster of: 1 8th note, 2 16ths.

Spyder 12 use a rhythmical cluster of: 2 16th notes, 1 8th note.

Spyder 13 use a rhythmical cluster of: 1 16th, 1 8th, 1 16th.

Spyder 14 use a rhythmical cluster of: 1 dotted 8th note, 1 16th, push BPM!

Spend plenty of time on Spyder 11-14 before you move on to Advanced Chromatic Exercises.

Remember to not push yourself too hard, RSI does happen, if it hurts you have to stop.


These Chromatic Exercises work on accuracy, sweeping and speed.

It is very important that you don’t practice these for too long, if you do you may develop RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury).

If used correctly, 10-20 minutes at a time they are fantastic, your control, accuracy and speed will develop rapidly.

Little and often is the way forward when you practice the Chromatic Exercises.

Take the Intermediate Guitar Course to learn more.