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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Robert Fripp Whole Tone Scale Guitar Line and Analysis

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Robert Fripp Whole Tone Scale Guitar Line and Analysis

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FREE PDF TAB/MUSIC NOTATION:

Our Robert Fripp Guitar Line employs the A Whole Tone Scale.

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Fripp A Whole Tone Scale

A whole tone scale:

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Robert Fripp Whole tone scale

Fripps’ guitar technique for this line employs strict Alternate Picking: It is a good idea to accent the 1st and 3rd beats.

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Robert Fripp Whole Tone Scale Guitar Line and Analysis

Here is the Fripp Whole tone scale guitar line in full:

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King Crimson Robert Fripp Whole Tone Scale Guitar Line and Analysis
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Robert Fripp Whole Tone Scale Guitar Line and Analysis
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Robert Fripp Whole Tone Scale Guitar Line and Analysis
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Robert Fripp Whole Tone Scale Guitar Line and Analysis

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Robert Fripp Cross Picking Guitar craft Technique Lesson

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All of the Picking Patterns consist of “Down Down Up” with the guitar plectrum. Below you will see this basic pattern in a repeated loop.

Robert Fripp Cross picking “Down Down Up” Guitar Technique Lesson

In the next exercise we will move this basic “Down Down Up” Cross Picking guitar pattern along the fingerboard

Robert Fripp Cross picking “Down Down Up” Guitar Technique Lesson

Next, we can employ Augmented and Diminished triads in triplets which is a very King Crimson Frippesque 70’s guitar sound/technique.

Robert Fripp Cross picking “Down Down Up” Guitar Technique Lesson

We will now cross pick with the plectrum and employ an “Open string” concept.

Robert Fripp Cross picking “Down Down Up” Guitar Technique Lesson

Now, we will develop this open string cross picking with a variation exercise

Robert Fripp Cross picking “Down Down Up” Guitar Technique Lesson

This last pattern doesn’t employ any open string play but is useful in regards to the string crossing movement.

Robert Fripp Cross picking “Down Down Up” Guitar Technique Lesson

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