Guitar Nine Focus: Chromatics

The word chromatic in music means two or more consecutive notes that are a half step (1 fret) apart from one another. A guitar chromatic scale contains all 12 possible pitches before arriving back at the starting note name an octave higher. Among other things, playing chromatically can be extremely useful in the context of practice, extending your ability and hand strength across the entire fretboard.

Here are some great columns to help you master this essential technique.

Tommaso Zillio
Tommaso Zillio

Creating unlimited licks using the pentatonic scale.

James Rosocha
James Rosocha

Resolving to the 3rd of the chords in a chromatic fashion.

Mike Campese
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Strengthen your upstrokes so they are as strong as your downstrokes.

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