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BUTCHC
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I was wondering If anyone could tell me what or how to playa chromatic Riff?

Thanks you guys are awesome by the way....helped me big time

Butch : :D


   
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steve-saunders
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Hi Butch,

Im not sure about a chromatic Riff, but the chromatic scale is all twelve notes of western music running in sequence - a semi-tone apart.

EG - A A# B C C# D D# E F F# G G#

Tends to make for a pretty naff riff really, but the other more interesting scales are derived from it.

I think thats the answer anyway - lets see if any one corrects me :cry:

All the best

Steve Saunders


   
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steve-saunders
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Hi again,

Thinking about it, given what I said earlier, I would guess that a chromatic riff is a series of notes running one semi-tone apart.

Sounds about right to me :D

Cheers

Steve Saunders


   
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Misanthrope
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...but a pentatonic riff would be notes from a pentatonic scale without implying that they're in order, so I'd guess that a chromatic riff would be a riff made from any notes at all (and too many that it doesn't fit another scale pattern, else we'd name it after that scale), not necessarily a run of notes in chromatic order. :?:

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Wes Inman
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Chromatic runs are used by lots of Metal players. They give a sensation of speed.


Chromatic run in A

e------------------------------------------1-2-3-4-5-
b----------------------------------2-3-4-5-----------
g--------------------------2-3-4-5-------------------
d------------------3-4-5-6---------------------------
a----------4-5-6-7-----------------------------------
e--5-6-7-8-------------------------------------------

While mostly used by Metal players, anyone playing any style can use chromatic runs. There is a fantastic super fast chromatic run on acoustic guitar at the beginning of the guitar solo in the old Emerson Lake and Palmer song, From the Beginning.

If you know something better than Rock and Roll, I'd like to hear it - Jerry Lee Lewis


   
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