Beginner Chromatic Exercises

Bring the chromatic exercise to life

Use different rhythms for maximum results

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Chromatic exercises

Spytunes twist on the Chromatic Exercise

The concept of the Spy Tunes chromatic exercises is to vary the rhythms. This is a unique concept that has become one of our most popular exercises.

Exercise 1 has a straight 8th note pattern (8 notes in one bar of 4/4). Aim to reach a BPM of at least 120.

Exercise 2 is based on a straight 16th note pattern (16 notes in a bar of 4/4). This is the exercise you’ll keep coming back to in order to measure your overall development.

Exercise 3 uses an 8th note triplet pattern (3 notes per beat). The first thing you’ll notice when you play it is that the downbeat is no longer synchronized with your index finger. This, in itself, will greatly improve your left and right-hand coordination.

Keep practicing the last two exercises until they reach 70-90 BPM.

Put into a daily routine, these exercises will seriously improve any guitarists:

  1. Accuracy
  2. Speed
  3. Right and left-hand coordination
  4. Rhythmical awareness
  5. Timing & groove

In my step by step guitar courses, I’ll reveal the full potential of this amazing concept. In total, there are sixty-six variations!

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