Chromatic and sweeping exercises
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The best way to practice the chromatic exercise
In the intermediate guitar course, we look at eleven more variations that develop the chromatic and sweeping exercises.
Sweeping exercise 4-6 move over four strings, the right hand should execute this with a sweeping motion. You must practice the sweeping exercises very slowly at first.
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Some of these exercises 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 practice 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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Chromatic speed exercises
Speed and Timing
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 courses takes both the sweeping and speed exercises much, much further.
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Chromatic 16th note clusters
Chromatic Exercise Hammer-On
Most likely, the slower you play this, the better.
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Chromatic Exercise Pull Off
Still, there is not really any need for a metronome, just focus on getting those notes to pop out nice and clear.
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Two Notes Per String Hammer-On Exercise
Starting on fret 2 with your middle finger, then play fret 4 with your little finger will take care of this.
Pull Off One Note Per String
During the switch from one fret to the next, that’s how.
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Chromatic and Sweeping Exercises – Step 1
The first two use the rhythm of one 8th, two 16th notes.
Chromatic and Sweeping Exercises – Step 2
Spend up to twenty minutes doing this before you move on to the final set of exercises.
Chromatic and Sweeping Exercises – Step 3
This is easier than previous examples for the chromatic version but much, much more difficult for the sweeping pattern.
Chromatic Exercise 2 Accent
The video lesson explains this in detail as you get four exercises that move the accent around a chromatic exercise.
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Chromatic and Sweeping Kiss Me rhythm
To be successful, you must sing the rhythm as you play, especially when you sweep.
We’ll use this to map out the entire fret board. Everything becomes easier to visualize once this foundation is laid.
The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fret board.
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Intermediate Acoustic Songs
A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.
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These Motown/Soul songs require you to learn how to play fractions of barre chord shapes and build improvised licks using pentatonic scales.
Intermediate Electric Songs
Be My Baby, Can I Get A Witness, Get Ready, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Jimmy Mack, Master Blaster (Jammin’), Money (That’s What I Want), My Guy, Rescue Me, Respect, Son Of A Preacher Man, Soul Man, and You Can’t Hurry Love.
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Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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