Guitar Practice Warmups – #2 Chromatic Scale

May 25th, 2012 · No Comments

Last week I talked about the chromatic scale being played across the 6 strings. This week I want to talk more about that and some ways to practice it. Do this:
-Lay all you fingers across the 6the string
-One Finger per fret (so 1st finger on 1st fret, 2nd finger on second fret etc)
-Now lift your hand off of the guitar a half inch but keep each finger over the fret so that if it went straight down, it would hit the fret in the right place to play the note.

Not so easy is it!

Now try to play the chromatic scale up and down yet keep each finger hovering above the fret so that every finger is always in control. This is difficult but it brings a whole new awareness to playing guitar. One suggestion is to actually look at the fingers that are not playing and see what they are doing. Are they flying more than 1/2 inch away from guitar? Are they coming in to add some “assistance” to the finger you are fretting?

Be patient and good luck!

Tags: Guitar Practice