Master Chromatic Exercises

Achieve great accuracy, control and speed!

At Master level you get the last 35 Chromatic Exercises!

When you feel comfortable playing a Chromatic Exercise at a reasonable tempo, compare it with Chromatic Exercise 2.

When Chromatic Exercise 2 reach 120-140 BPM you can stop this madness!

Many of the Master Chromatic Exercises are difficult to play.

But since you have practiced many exercises by now you know that by starting extremely slowly at first, you can learn anything.

Playing slowly at first will also improve your accuracy and consequentially speed.

Chromatic Exercises 32-34!

The first three Master Chromatic Exercise combine the different 16th note clusters.

Chromatic Exercise 32 use the pattern of: 1 8th, 4 16th, 1 8th.
Chromatic Exercise 33 use the pattern of: 1 8th, 3 16th, 1 8th, 1 16th.
Chromatic Exercise 34 use the pattern of: 2 16th, 1 8th, 1 16th, 1 8th, 1 16th.

Chromatic Exercises 35-42!

The next eight exercises are sweeping exercises.

As the rhythm is now pretty complicated, and you’re sweeping the notes you have to be extremely accurate and play with great focus.

As always, start slowly, gradually increase the BPM.

Chromatic Exercise 35 use the pattern: 4 16th, 2 8th.
Chromatic Exercise 36 use the pattern: 4 16th, 3 8th note triplets.
Chromatic Exercise 37 use the pattern: 4 16th, 1 8th, 2 16th.
Chromatic Exercise 38 use the pattern: 6 16th, 1 8th.
Chromatic Exercise 39 use the pattern: 5 16th, 1 8th, 1 16th.
Chromatic Exercise 40 use the pattern: 1 8th, 4 16th, 1 8th.
Chromatic Exercise 41 use the pattern: 1 8th, 3 16th, 1 8th, 1 16th.
Chromatic Exercise 42 use the pattern: 2 16th, 1 8th, 1 16th, 1 8th, 1 16th.

Chromatic Exercises 42-46!

More complicated rhythms in these chromatic exercises!

You can’t work out what up or down stroke you play on each note, and you shouldn’t, just focus on the rhythm.

By now you have practiced over 40 different variations of the Chromatic Exercise and the connection between varying the rhythm and develop natural picking should become more and more clear.

Make sure you go back to old exercises, aiming to keep all the BPM results as high as possible.

Chromatic Exercise 43 use the pattern: 4 16th, 3 triplets, 2 8th, 3 triplets
Chromatic Exercise 44 use the pattern: 1 8th 2 16th, 2 8th, 3 triplets, 4 16th.
Chromatic Exercise 45 use the pattern: 2 16th 1 8th, 1 8th 2 16th, 1 16th 1 8th 1 16th, 4 16th
Chromatic Exercise 46 use the pattern: 3 16th triplets 1 8th, 2 8th x2

Chromatic Exercises 47-50!

Improve your timing with sweeping timing exercises!

Same concept as in 43-46 of complicated rhythms but now for the sweeping Spyder.

The sweeping exercises are all about accuracy so as soon as you start to fluff it, lower the tempo.

Keep this process going through out.

You’ll learn more about what you can do to these Chromatic Exercises when you take the Master Guitar Course.

Chromatic Exercises 51-58!

These exercises start with rests, essential practice if you want to become really quick.

Chromatic Exercise 51 start on the 3rd 16th, you should start with a down stroke.
Chromatic Exercise 52 start on the 2nd 16th, you should start on an upstroke.
Chromatic Exercise 53 start on the 3rd 16th, make sure you bounce off the click accurately
Chromatic Exercise 54 start on the 4th 16th, you have to start this with an up stroke
Chromatic Exercise 55 start on the 2nd 16th, compare your BPM to Chromatic Exercise 20
Chromatic Exercise 56 also start on the 2nd 16th, compare BPM to Chromatic Exercise 55 and 20
Chromatic Exercise 57 start on the 3rd 16th
Chromatic Exercise 58 start one 16th earlier than Spyder 57, what’s the difference in BPM for you?

Chromatic Exercises 59-66!

The final exercises are for your sweeping speed, once this is all good you’re done!

Just like Exercise 51-58, we start these on displaced 16th notes.

How fast can you play them?

Master Chromatic Exercises in the Course

To get the most out of these exercises you need one thing: consistency. Little and often is key.

It’s not abut spending two hours playing these once every two weeks. That will probably do more harm than good!

Instead you want to do this little and often, pick a new exercise at random, spend maximum five minutes with it.

You don’t have to break speed records every time you practice, instead work on accuracy and consistency.

Little and often is the way forward. For ultimate step by step guidance, turn to the Master Guitar Course.

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