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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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 “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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“Up stroke” Alternate Picking Meola/Govan “Off beat”Guitar My Thoughts!

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Off Beat Alternate Picking Govan/Di Meola my thoughts

Off Beats example:

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Off Beat Alternate Picking Govan/Di Meola music example

Simple Exercise:

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Alternate Picking Govan/Di Meola music example easy exercise

Crossing the string

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Off Beat Alternate Picking Govan/Di Meola music example

From John Mehegan Book 2:

Accenting the “Off” Beat

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