Kicking Up Chromatic Exercises

author: Sir_Taffey date: 03/15/2013 category: for beginners
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Kicking Up Chromatic Exercises
OK guys, in this lesson I will be showing you how to build up various techniques and develop a warm-up routine that will be applicable no matter how far you go in your playing. So! Right into it then. Here we start off with an old classic to help build finger strength. I like to call it the caterpillar, and basically you play each note and when crossing strings move only the finger needed, this allows for cleaner playing and helps to identify fretting or picking problems (note on tab: under the tab the numbers are the finger required to fret that note on the guitar)
E|--------------------------5678
B|---------------------5678-----
G|----------------5678----------
D|-----------5678---------------
A|------5678--------------------
E|-5678-------------------------
   1234 1234 1234 1234 1234 1234
OK, if you are struggling to follow the tab then I recommend this lesson here on Ultimate-Guitar. So if you don't understand reading tabs or the techniques I will be discussing, pause and go to that lesson. You will need to understand hammer-ons and pull-offs and slides mostly for this lesson. So before we get to do the very fun variations of this exercise we will start with something that will help tremendously in later playing, position shifting and string skipping. What do I mean about position shifting? Well you see how in the caterpillar each finger had a fret to play? That is playing in position. This will help so much when working on scales because it creates an ease of movement. Working smarter and not harder. So now here is position shifting on one string:
E|-1-2-3-4/5-6-7-8/9-10-11-12-11-10-9\8-7-6-5\4-3-2-1
   1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2  3  4  3  2  1 4 3 2 1 4 3 2 1
The second half is simply going back down the run but it helps to illustrate the position shift by showing it. This run can be done on each string to help get a feel for moving about on the strings, first going up then back down. Next we will be doing string skipping. Here something simple:
E|------------------------------------5678
B|--------------------------5678----------
G|----------------5678-----------5678-----
D|------5678-----------5678---------------
A|-----------5678-------------------------
E|-5678-----------------------------------
That is a nice simple string skipping pattern that you can apply to scales or other exercises. And now onto the second last exercise this will be helping us out with economy picking and hammer-ons and pull-offs. Fig. 1
E|-------------------------------567h8
B|-------------------------567h8------
G|-------------------567h8------------
D|-------------567h8------------------
A|-------567h8------------------------
E|-567h8------------------------------
Fig. 2
E|-876p5------------------------------
B|-------876p5------------------------
G|-------------876p5------------------
D|-------------------876p5------------
A|-------------------------876p5------
E|-------------------------------876p5
As you could probably tell the second figure was the first one, just reversed. Try it out in different positions and maybe put your string skipping pattern to it. Last one for this lesson which will help out sweep picking. This is I believe adapted from something John Pretrucci has taught in a video lesson. For weep picking technique, the notes must all be played separately and must not ring together and the pick must have one fluid movement down, then up. In a sweeping motion.
E|-------1-4-------------------------------------
B|-----2-----3----------1-4----------------------
G|---3--------2-------2-----3-----------1-4------
D|-4------------1---3---------2-------2-----3----
A|----------------4-------------1---3---------2--
E|--------------------------------4-------------2
Each repetition is the same pattern starting on the string above it. And again try it out in different positions along the neck. I hope this lesson has helped to expand your use of the classical chromatic warm-ups and done in order this is a very helpful warm-up can be used at any stage in playing and by anybody to help develop basic techniques.
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