Chromatic Speed Bursts
Whether we’re practicing scales, exercises, or a piece of music, it helps to have well-synchronized hands.
When our hands work well together, we can play more beautifully, and create more flowing melodies.
And to develop solid timing between the hands, we can use specialized exercises.
Precision and Speed Exercises for Classical Guitar
We can use “chromatic speed bursts” to build speed and agility.
For this exercise, we begin using four adjacent frets on one string, played with left-hand fingers 1,2,3, and 4.
In the right hand, use quick-prepping with I and M alternation (index and middle fingers alternating back and forth). Quick-prepping combines the playing of one note with the preparation for the next.
As you become better at these exercises, you can add to the exercises for more challenge. You can practice moving between strings. You can increase the speed using a metronome. And you can increase the duration of the workout by moving up and down the guitar neck.
Enjoy this simple exercise in your daily practice, or bring it out when needed.
And like any classical guitar practice, these work best when we bring absolute focus and attention to each note. The more precisely and accurately we play each note, the more benefit we’ll notice in our pieces and other technique practice.
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