Achieve great accuracy, control and speed with these final chromatic and sweeping exercises!
Here you’ll find the final thirty-five chromatic exercises, complete with video lessons.
When you feel comfortable playing a chromatic exercise at a reasonable tempo, compare it with chromatic exercise 2. When that exercise reaches 130-140 BPM, you can stop this madness!
Many of the master chromatic exercises are difficult to play but since you have practised many exercises by now, you know that by starting extremely slowly, you really can achieve anything.
Chromatic exercises 32-34!
The first three exercises combine the different 16th note clusters.
- Chromatic exercise 32 use the pattern of one 8th, four 16th notes and one 8th
- Chromatic exercise 33 use the pattern of one 8th, three 16th notes, one 8th and one 16th
- Chromatic exercise 34 use the pattern of two 16th notes, one 8th, one 16th, one 8th and one 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 of four 16th notes and two 8th notes
- Chromatic exercise 36 use the pattern of four 16th and three triplets
- Chromatic exercise 37 use the pattern of four 16th notes, one 8th and two 16th notes
- Chromatic exercise 38 use the pattern of six 16th notes and one 8th
- Chromatic exercise 39 use the pattern of five 16th notes, one 8th and one 16th
- Chromatic exercise 40 use the pattern of one 8th, four 16th notes and one 8th
- Chromatic exercise 41 use the pattern of one 8th, three 16th notes, one 8th and one 16th
- Chromatic exercise 42 use the pattern of two 16th notes, one 8th, one 16th, one 8th, one 16th
Chromatic exercises 42-46!
When it comes to these four exercises you simply can’t work out which up or down stroke you play on each note and you shouldn’t. Just focus on the rhythm.
When you take the master course, we practise these exercises one by one and also modify them. There really is a method to this madness. Every single exercise fine tunes your technique in a slightly different way and it is important that you get through them all.
These are the rhythms used for chromatic exercises 42-46:
- Chromatic exercise 43 use the pattern of four 16th notes, three triplets, two 8th notes and three triplets
- Chromatic exercise 44 use the pattern of one 8th, two 16th notes, two 8th notes, three triplets and four 16th notes.
- Chromatic exercise 45 use the pattern of one 8th, four 16th notes, one 8th, one 16th, one 8th, and five 16th notes
- Chromatic exercise 46 use the pattern of three 16th note triplets and three 8th notes
Chromatic exercises 47-50!
These exercises use the same rhythms as exercises 43-46, the difference is, now we sweep them.
All sweeping exercises are all about accuracy so as soon as you start to fluff it, lower the tempo.
You’ll learn more about what you can do to these exercises when you take the master course.
Chromatic exercises 51-58!
These exercises start with rests, essential practise 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 starts one 16th earlier than exercise 57, what’s the difference in BPM for you?
Chromatic exercises 59-66!
The final seven exercises are here to improve your speed when sweeping. Just like exercise 51-58, we start these on displaced 16th notes.
How fast can you play them?
To get the most out of these exercises you need consistency so little and often is key. Don’t spend two hours playing these once a week. That will probably do more harm than good!
Instead, you want to do this little and often. Pick a new exercise at random, spend a maximum of five minutes with it.
You don’t have to break speed records every time you practise, instead, work on accuracy and keep up the consistency of practising these.
Little and often is the way forward. For step by step guidance, turn to the master guitar course.