Well it certainly is on the piano … but we’re supposed to be playing the guitar aren’t we? Guitar Exercise #2 – Lateral Chromatic Pattern. This will include natural notes and accidentals. Jump to the Chromatic Scale Exercises. Check it out below. More from Gary Heimbauer Gary's latest All Styles tutorials The example below is in the B Dorian mode, make sure you use the same principle on other scales and positions. It uses chromatic thirds to create a really interesting sound. This pattern can mess with you a bit at first. This post features the tab for two chromatic scale exercises on the guitar. Diatonic chords are built from notes of the major scale, so with these seven notes, we can build seven chords (C major, D minor, E minor, etc…). So for example, we can play the E chromatic scale starting on the open string E and playing every fret from 1 to 12. To play it efficiently use positions 1, 5 and 9. Example 1. Etude Op 25 No.6 – Chopin Fantasia in D Minor – Mozart. The Chromatic Scale. chromatic scale. Simple isn’t it? Beginning on a ‘F’ playing all the notes on the keyboard until you reached the next ‘F’ would create an ‘F’ chromatic scale. Each note is a half-step away from the next. Most pop music is built from this approach to diatonic harmony, and that works fine. There are many ways to practice guitar scales, but this is a particularly good one because the chromatic notes give the scale an instant jazz sound.. Example 1 is a good exercise that combines scales and chromatic notes.. In this video Gary will discuss and demonstrate what the chromatic scale is and how to use it to apply it to your guitar playing. We’ll still be using the same index-middle-ring-pinky pattern, but we’re gradually going to work our way up the fretboard, towards the body of the guitar. Now that we know how the chromatic scale … The chromatic scale is a 12 note scale that includes all the notes within the octave. The chromatic scale contains all 12 available pitches. This chromatic scale exercise is more laterally focused compared to the first. A great example of using the chromatic scale in classical music is this fantastic piece by Chopin. Another good example of chromatic scales is Mozart’s Fantasia in D minor.