#1
Okay so I've heard the phrase 'tasteful chromatics' thrown around
I have NO idea how to go about that

The exercise I learnt how to sweep from, had a chromatic passage at the end
And it went in this kinda fashion

(2/4 timing, all notes are sixteenths and in the 6 version of triplets...so I assume sextuplets)

|---15p12-------------12-15-14-13-12-13-14-15~--------------|
|------------13-----13-------------------------------------------------|
|----------------14-----------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------|


Basically all I want is a couple of metal songs which utilize 'tasteful chromatics'
and how to use them without making stuff sound dodgy and off-key

EDIT: After looking at some stuff, my addition to this question appears
Is there any particular Theory behind these chromatics?
Looking at some avenged sevenfold stuff, it just sounds like it works....when if I did something to that effect it would sound dodgy+off-key
Mister Gates appears to make it sounds good...any ideas behind that?
Last edited by Highelf04 at Jun 10, 2011,
#2
Listen to sevenfolds nightmare solo, the whole first part is super fast alt picked chromatics going up and it sounds really good.
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#3
Raining blood uses it a lot if i am not mistaken.


and uhm...Psyopus >_>
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#4
Bat Country, Beast and the Harlot and Scream by Avenged Sevenfold
The solo's have some pretty damn hard chromatics in them.
#5
To be fair the magazine I got that from was doing an avenged sevenfold feature at that time...XD
But I'm not a brilliant fan of them
Thanks for the responses so far guys
Any others?
#6
Quote by Highelf04
To be fair the magazine I got that from was doing an avenged sevenfold feature at that time...XD
But I'm not a brilliant fan of them
Thanks for the responses so far guys
Any others?


classical music. particularly anything from the romantic/modern periods.
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#7
Slayer are the kings of chromatic riffs, it's also worth checking out John Petrucci and Steve Morse.

The main thing about chromatics is to use them as "passing tones". Say you know you want to end a lick on the note E - you can squeeze in D->D#->E, and if you land on the beat it'll work just fine.

Oh, and they work great for metal riffs precisely because they sound dodgy and off-key.
#8
Yeah, I second the recommendation to check out John Petrucci. He's one of the rock guitarists who makes the best use of chromaticism. This lick collection has some really good examples of his use of "tasteful" chromatics.

http://www.myguitarsolo.com/EssentialLicks/Petrucci.html

For good examples of chromaticism in modern genres outside of rock, jazz would definitely be a go-to-genre. Chromatic passing tones are a huge part of jazz improv. Some jazz guitarists that you might dig are Joe Pass (utilizes chromatic chords) and Django Reinhardt.
Last edited by Faded Grey at Jun 10, 2011,