Chromatics Made Easy

The chromatic scale in music is the easiest and most beneficial exercise for beginners. In fact, in most cases, this is always the first thing we learn to play on a guitar.

A chromatic exercise involves playing all 12 notes of music. Let's take a look at the example below.

C Major Scale : C D E F G A B C

C Chromatic Scale : C C# D D# E F F# G G# A A# B C

I’m sure this now makes things easy to understand. As you will notice, the notes in the major scale are a combination of whole or half steps. However, in the chromatic scale ALL notes are half step (semi-tone) apart. This is more related to theory than technique. As you learn more scales and chords, you will get a better understanding of this and will further realize that almost everything is derived from a chromatic scale.

As an exercise, try playing four consecutive notes/frets on each string. The most common way of doing this is by playing the first 4 frets with the corresponding fingers and climb up each string as you progress. If you've got any doubts, don't hesitate to drop your comments below!

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