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post Jan 15 2007, 09:18 PM
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Uh.. is it like just a added in half step like in the blues scale?
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post Jan 15 2007, 09:42 PM
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it means to add any note from the prevailing scale,
So, if you were playing the E pentatonic scale - that is only 5 notes, but the chromatic scale is every note in the scale so providing you chose a note from the E scale, you would be adding a chromatic note whilst mainly playing the pentatonic scale.

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post Jan 16 2007, 08:57 AM
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I always thought of chromatic notes as a note right before or after any given note. Like playing the notes A Bb B C(On the E string, frets- 5 6 7 8), you just moved chromaticlly(spelling?) from A to C, you played every note between A & C in order.

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post Jan 16 2007, 07:50 PM
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Fretdancer has the closest description.

There are twelve pitches in the western scale (hence there are twelve frets on your guitar, from one octave to another). If you are playing any pentatonic (5 tone) scale, you have selected to use 5 out of those twelve notes. So lets say you are noodling away with your pentatonic scale, and you decide to throw in any of the other 7 notes, then that note would be considered a chromatic note.

If you were playing a major diatonic scale with 7 notes (Doh Ray Me Fa So La Ti), there are 5 notes that you've left out of the 12. Therefore if you threw in any of these five remaining notes, they would be considered chromatic.

So a chromatic note, is any note you play that is not in the scale you are playing.

They are also a great way to practice, especially if you are going through the pentatonic scale. Try adding one of these "outside" chromatic notes to your scale, and see how it sounds above the chord you are playing over.

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