Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Symmetrical Scale Guitar Cross Picking

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Scale and Tritone Guitar Picking

There are 6 “Tetra-tonic” Scales. They all have four notes. Below, is our scale for this blog and video and will be the Tetratonic scale starting on the note B.

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Scale and Tritone Picking

Alternate Picking the Scale: Starting on a “Downstroke”

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Scale and Tritone Guitar Picking

We will make a short Robert Fripp-esque line from this scale and employ “Cross Picking” Guitar Technique.

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Scale and Tritone Guitar

In order to create a line like this it is a good idea to take “Triplets” and make them into chord pairs.

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Tritone chord pairs

Here are the Guitar Picking patterns that I used. They are very Fripp-esque as they employ Alternate picking and Crosspicking.

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Scale and Tritone Guitar

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Scale and Tritone Guitar

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Scale and Tritone Guitar

We can also make “Chords” out of this scale.

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Guitar chords

Triplet Chordal/Cross picking Robert Fripp style “Tetratonic” Chords

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Guitar chords Cross Picking

This next Robert Fripp lick employs “Dyads” which are 2 note chords made from this Tetra-tonic scale.

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Robert Fripp Guitar “Dyads’

Next, we will use alternate picking and play the “Dyads” in a single note fashion:

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Robert Fripp Guitar “Dyads’

Lastly, we will take 2 chords “NOT” from the Tetratonic Scale but a “Tri-tone” apart. These will be B and F.

Descending:

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Robert Fripp Tritone Guitar Arpeggios

Ascending:

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Robert Fripp Tritone Guitar Arpeggios

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John Mclaughlin “Dominant” D7#9 Fusion Guitar Lick analysis

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John Mclaughlin analysis of how to improvise over Dominant chords example

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Just another “Quick” fire lick today from legendary guitar great John Mclaughlin!

This is a short lick doubled in unison with strings [or synth] and played in double time. It employs strict alternate picking starting on a down stroke. The lick exploits two “Dominant” chords, D7#9 and D7#9#11.

John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick:

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John Mclaughlin analysis of how to improvise over Dominant chords example

Ascending John employs a simple pentatonic scale that exploits both the #9 [F natural] and the Major 3rd [F#]. Descending he employs the F melodic [jazz] minor scale.This is because the second dominant chord exploits the #11 [Ab]. It also creates an augmented flavour with the #5 [Bb] note]. This finally resolves to GMaj7#11 with an F#m9 arpeggio that finishes on the C# note [#11 of Gmaj7#11].

Although this line follows musical logic it is also slightly ambiguous which in turn creates an interesting and more original sound:

LICK:

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John Mclaughlin “Dominant” Double Time Fusion Guitar Lick

VARIATION with Chromaticism:

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John Mclaughlin “Dominant” Double Time Fusion Guitar Lick

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Eric Johnson’s Guitar PATTERNS: LEARN THE SECRET TO HIS STYLE!

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Eric Johnson The subject of this Guitar Pentatonic Patterns Blog

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In the first example we see a minor pentatonic pattern moving in groups of three notes that displaces the rhythm. This creates a unique fresh sound to the most used scale on the guitar. The rhythmic displacement also pushes the rhythm along. Also notice the use of the interval of a perfect 5th.

Eric Johnson 3 note Guitar Pattern lesson example:

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Eric Johnson 3 note pentatonic guitar patterns. How he does it Lesson

In the next example we can see how Eric Johnson uses 4 note guitar patterns. He also uses the interval of a perfect 4th which creates motivic movement.

Eric Johnson 4 note Guitar Pattern lesson example

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Eric Johnson 4 note pentatonic guitar patterns. How he does it Lesson. Modern approach to pentatonics

This next example shows how Eric Johnson takes the most overused cliche on the guitar [the minor pentatonic] and exploits the intervals to create a fresh and unique sound.

Eric Johnson intervallic manipulation:

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Eric Johnson intervallic pentatonic guitar patterns. How he does it Lesson.

In this last example we can see how Eric Johnson employs the interval of a perfect 4th again, but, this time with arpeggios and inversion that creates a melodic sound to the ear. Again this moves us far away from the minor pentatonic cliches.

Eric Johnson 4ths and arpeggios guitar pattern

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Eric Johnson’s Guitar PATTERNS: LEARN THE SECRET TO HIS STYLE!

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