Conquering the Chromatic

If you’ve ever been taught a fingering for the chromatic scale, chances are it was the first one shown here. But as prolific GP columnist Jimmy Stewart pointed out in the January ’81 GP, there are other fingerings for the scale that are worth pursuing. “The first fingering helps you develop your ability to move laterally,” wrote Stewart. “The second employs six notes per string, requiring the 1st and 4th fingers to slide in half-steps. The third fingering enables you to play the chromatic scale in one position using a 1st-finger slide. The last pattern also uses five notes per string, but the 4th finger stretches out and slides instead of the 1st.”

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