Chromatics and Intervals
Shred Guitar Fundamentals
Installment 2: Chromatics and Intervals
In this installment, I’m going to discuss chromatics and intervals. These are some of the most important exercises for all guitar players as well as shredders because they help improve the dexterity of the fret-hand fingers, and also develop coordination and synchronicity between the pick-hand and fret-hand. Most people practice them by using 4 notes per string on consecutive frets, meaning 1234, 2345, 3456, and so on. Here is a simple 2-octave chromatic scale in the key of A.
|Another thing that is useful to work on is intervals, which fall into the field of chromatics. A lot of these are like tongue-twisters for your fingers, the reason being that you have to pick your fingers up after some of the notes, which helps improve dexterity and coordination as I said earlier. There are 24 different combinations of intervals or chromatic variations, which I have listed below.
Quite a bit of variations that you can work on. Mega helpful as well. I’ve included just a few in Power Tab format. By the way, I’m doing all my lessons in Power Tab format, so at the bottom of the page, you can download the files to your computer. If you don’t have Power Tab, get it. I highly recommend it. It’s very easy to use and it’s really neat as well. I’ve included the link at the bottom of the page if you want to download the program.