Fripp/King Crimson Tri-tone Guitar

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Robert Fripp Octaves and Tritones Guitar Technique

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Below FREE PDF of King Crimson FRIPP guitar line:

This Fripp guitar line consists of Tritones and Octaves. For example C to F# and up the octave to the next C note. When played as a group of 4 notes this off sets the predictability of the rhythm by forming “Chord Pairs”.

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Fripp Octaves and Tritone Guitar Composition

An interesting point about this line is that it can be played in triplets:

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Crimson/Fripp Octaves and Tritone Guitar Composition

Also, 16th notes in 3/4: [Similar to 2/4 but the groups of 3 all fit within the bar and for some players easier to count].

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King Crimson Robert Fripp Octaves and Tritone in waltz time with 16ths

The right hand Robert Fripp guitar technique for this line employs strict “Alternate Picking” starting on a down stroke.

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Robert Fripp Alternate Picking Guitar Technique

FULL FRIPP GUITAR EXAMPLE:

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Robert Fripp Octaves and Tritone Guitar Composition Alternate Picking Example

The last part starts on an “Up” stroke with strict alternate picking right hand technique once again:

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Robert Fripp “Upstroke” Alternate Picking guitar technique example
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Fripp “Upstroke” Alternate Picking guitar technique example
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Fripp “Upstroke” Alternate Picking guitar technique example

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