Watch the Vertical Chromatic Scales online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from Modern Method for Guitar
1. Play the horizontal chromatic scale as demonstrated in the video and written in the notation that follows.
2. Do these exercises with alternate picking, picking down up, down up.
3. Strive for an identical sound with both the down and up stroke.
4. Use alternate fingerings as follows: Start on the A at the 5th fret of the low E string and play up 4 notes. When you move to the 5th string, shift your hand down to play the next note on the 4th fret.
5. When you move to the 4th string, shift your hand down to play the next note on the 3rd fret.
6. When you move to the 3rd string, shift your hand down to play the next note on the 2nd fret.
7. Remember that when you move from the 3rd string to the 2nd string you have to adjust for the different interval between those 2 strings, so do not shift, play the next note on the 2nd fret.
8. When you move to the 1st string, shift your hand down to play the next note on the 1st fret.
9. Play up to the A on the top string, and descend shifting up a fret when switching strings with the exception of the move from the B to the G string.
10. Play down to the low A, sliding into the last note with your 1st finger.
11. Work to increase your tempo over time.
12. Finally, increase your speed while you play the 2-octave scale.
13. The most important thing is to strive for a good clean sound with an even tone on every note.