The 2 Position Guitar Scale System: Scales and Arpeggios

Graham Tippett
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'Scales and Arpeggios' has been painstakingly updated and revised in order to build on the '2 Position Guitar Scale System: An Introduction' Book (also available on Google Play) by expanding the reach of the 2 Position System to include how to change between scales, open position scales, how to stack the positions to form larger ones, and a new section which incorporates arpeggios into the system.

The premise of this system has always been to focus on the musical aspect of scales, and now arpeggios, instead of the endless memorization of patterns and permutations you get with other systems such the CAGED and 3NPS ones, which means there’s far too much time wasted before they become useful. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a book of shortcuts. You’ll still have to put the work in to get good results, but know that we’ve reduced that amount of ‘work’, or ‘woodshedding’ by about 80%.

What you’ll get from this system is a profound insight into how the guitar, in standard tuning, can be understood to effortlessly learn the tools for confident improvisation: scales and arpeggios
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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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Published on
May 12, 2014
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44
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English
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Music / Musical Instruments / Guitar
Music / Printed Music / Guitar & Fretted Instruments
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The Hacking the CAGED System series was inspired by my own,and other guitarist’s frustrations with the infamous CAGED System for learning guitar.

It all started back in Music College in the early 2000s, at the ACM in Guildford (UK) to be precise, where we were handed, by none other than Guthrie Govan, an inch-thick binder containing all manner of shapes and patterns for the CAGED system, including chords and arpeggios. I duly slaved over the book while burning the midnight oil for an entire semester and while my technique improved no end, I just couldn’t turn those patterns into music,or connect them to what I was learning in music theory class.Fast forward to 2016, and with the benefit of hindsight from more than 20 years of playing, I’ve been able to look at the CAGED system from a different perspective, and one that will hopefully make it a useful system for anyone wishing to learn it. The CAGED system has many flaws, but these can be hacked and rectified to turn it into a powerful system for understanding how the guitar fretboard works, leading to a versatile, and above all, functional knowledge of chords, arpeggios, scales and modes, and key signatures.

What’s in Book 1?

Book 1 teaches you the basic major scale forms, shows you where to find the basic diatonic chords as well as seventh chords.We then venture into intervals which are the key to making your solos sound like you know what you’re doing. Next we bring out the arpeggios,and finally the modes. Everything is tied together using key signatures as a framework to build up a practical knowledge of chords, scales,arpeggios and modes on the guitar.

 

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