Fourths Tuning: Scales and Arpeggios

Graham Tippett
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Following on from, ‘Fourths Tuning – Chords and Inversions’ (also available on Google Play), I wanted to share a number of ways to see scales and arpeggios in fourths tuning that really take advantage of having a fretboard with a symmetrical layout.

This book is divided into three sections. In the first, we look at how to transfer your knowledge of scales and arpeggios from standard tuning to fourths tuning, so as not to have to start again from scratch.

In the second section, we go deeper into scales and arpeggios using a system borne out of the symmetrical nature of fourths tuning, and which will have you playing scales and arpeggios easily and freely all over the fourths fretboard in a matter of hours.

In the final section, we abandon shapes and patterns all together and really begin to take advantage of the consistent interval layout in fourths tuning to form chords, arpeggios and scales on the fly using interval formulas.

If you're transitioning from standard to fourths tuning, this book will guide you along the way and help you make the most of the exciting world of all fourths tuning on guitar.
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About the author

Graham Tippett (1977-) studied literature, music and languages in the UK before making a permanent move to Mexico in 2005. It was there he began to explore and research methods of improvisation on the guitar and published the '2 Position Scale System' series of instruction books in 2014, which are the fruit of that research. He is also well-known for his love of languages and music, drawing parallels between the two art forms as he continues to write and research on the subjects of language learning and improvisation. His relentless research into guitar improvisation has recently lead to the creation of the Hacking the CAGED System series of books, and Soloing Without Scales - an alternative look at how to improvise on guitar. Graham is also a graduate of the ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music) in Guildford, where he was taught by the likes of Guthrie Govan, Dave Kilminster, Eric Roche and many others. 

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Graham Tippett
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Sep 11, 2017
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Music / Musical Instruments / Guitar
Music / Printed Music / Guitar & Fretted Instruments
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