Advanced Chromatic Exercises


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In the advanced guitar course, we work on another seventeen chromatic and sweeping exercises. The main difference here is that we start combining different rhythms.

When you can play these at a tempo between 100-140 BPM you will notice a new ease in your playing.

Starting off with sweeping exercises 15-18 you’ll find that they are identical to chromatic exercises 11-14, these exercises use 16th note clusters, now we sweep them.

Sweeping exercises are the ones to be extra careful with when increasing BPM. Increase with no more than 2 BPM at a time, you must focus on accuracy!

Since the rhythms vary but the distance between strings remains the same, you will develop some serious pick control if you practise these exercises regularly.

Practise chromatic exercises 19-20 regularly and you will dramatically improve your speed. By playing six 16th notes and rest for two as in exercise 19, you create a little gap in the exercise, this means that the BPM can be pushed further.

For exercise 20, play seven 16th notes, rest for one. This will require some serious focus.

When you start working on chromatic exercises 21-25 you’ll find that we start combining rhythms, this is key to improving your ability to stay in time.

When you are perfectly on the click it should disappear, the sound of your notes should cancel out the sound of the metronome. This is what musicians refer to as “burying the click”.

Finally, there are some sweeping speed exercises (26-31) to work on. The secret to success here is to play with absolute accuracy.

In the advanced course, we spend thirty seconds to a minute on an individual exercise before taking a short break, increase the tempo with only 2 BPM. We also modify the sweeping and chromatic exercises by adding chromatic notes.

It would be a good idea to keep track of your BPM results for each individual exercise. If you do this you’re more likely to improve pick control and speed.

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