Intermediate Chromatic Exercises

Chromatic and sweeping exercises

Vary the rhythm for best results

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Sweeping exercises


The best way to practise the chromatic exercise

In the intermediate guitar course, we look at eleven more variations that develop the chromatic and sweeping exercises.

Some of these will improve your timing, others focus on speed. In order for you to get the most out of them, make sure you are ticking these boxes:

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

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Use rests for speed, practise clusters to improve timing


Sweeping exercise 4-6 move over four strings, the right hand should execute this with a sweeping motion. You must practise the sweeping exercises very slowly at first.

The next four exercises (7-10) use rests, practice these to improve your speed.

The last four chromatic exercises (11-14) contain 16th note clusters. Practice these to improve your timing.

There’s plenty more you can do with these exercises than what you find in the video lessons, the intermediate course takes both the sweeping and speed exercises much, much further.


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Course

Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.

To see all lessons in the intermediate course, go to Intermediate Guitar Course


Exercises

All those open position chords you learned in the beginner course now become barre chords and pentatonic scales.

You’ll map out the entire fretboard at this stage. Chord progressions become easier to see once played as barre chords and little licks will start appearing in your playing.

Preview the exercises from the course here: Intermediate Guitar Lessons


Tunes

Learn how to play famous intermediate songs.

‘1234’, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’. ‘American Pie’, ‘Angie’, ‘Babylon’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’, ‘Dreadlock Holiday’, ‘Empire State Of Mind’, ‘Fast Car’, ‘Hey There Delilah’, ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’, ‘I’m Yours’, ‘Kiss Me’, ‘Last Request’, ‘Mad World’, ‘Red’, ‘The Scientist’, ‘Starman’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, and ‘Whistle For The Choir’.

To preview each song, go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs


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A monthly subscription with access to all acoustic and electric step by step lessons, each one designed to bring your guitar playing skills to the next level.

Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.

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