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Watch the Vertical Chromatic Scales online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from Modern Method for Guitar

In this segment we play the vertical chromatic scale. In the play-along that follows we will use the following approach.

1. Start on the low open E and play each note up to the 4th fret, then move to the open A string, play each note up to the 4th fret then move to the open D, etc.

2. Play all down strokes with your picking hand. Pick through the string and allow the pick to rest on the string below.

3. Be aware that when you get to the G string you only play up to the 3rd fret before moving up to the open B string. This is due to an anomaly in the way the guitar is tuned: The interval between each of the open strings is a 4th except for the G to B string, which is a 3rd.

4. Once you get to the high E string, descend playing the same chromatic scale in reverse.

5. Next, test yourself by randomly choosing notes and finding all of them on the fret board.