Acoustic Guitar Warm Up Exercise: Chromatic

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Hey, Tony Polecastro here. Today we’re going to look at a chromatic finger warm up exercise. This is an exercise that will help you gain accuracy, speed and fluidity in your playing and it’s essentially a great warm up exercise. Every time I pick up a guitar this is something that I do. What the chromatic finger exercise consists of is assigning each finger to each fret of the guitar. Well, not every fret because we have way more frets than we do fingers, but essentially a group of four. 

The pointer finger on the first fret, the middle finger on the second, the ring finger on the third and the pinkie finger on the fourth. We play them in order, 1, 2, 3, 4 in an ascending fashion from the low string to the high string. Then we move up a fret and play them in a descending fashion 5, 4, 3, 2, 5, 4, 3, 2, etc. We’re going to have a look at this now. I’m only going to show you the first two groupings, but this is an exercise you can take all the way up the neck of the guitar. Good luck.