Fourths Tuning Bundle (3 books) - Chords + Scales and Arpeggios + Modes
The complete package for learning fourths tuning on guitar!You'll get 3 books that cover every aspect of fourths tuning, whether you're transitioning from standard tuning or have been playing in fourths for a while and want to take your skills and knowledge to the next level.
This bundle includes:
- Fourths Tuning: Chords and Inversions
- Fourths Tuning: Scales and Arpeggios
- Fourths Tuning: Modes
Tune your B and E strings up to C and F respectively and you’re in all fourths tuning. The first time I did this it was truly a revelation to me to have a symmetrical fretboard and get rid of that major third ‘bump’ from the G to B string in standard tuning. Everything suddenly became far more manageable and logical.
To be honest, there isn’t much in the way of material for fourths tuning on guitar, so I decided to write a chords and inversions book for anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of chords in fourths tuning, or to help with the transition from standard to fourths tuning. There are over 30 types of chords and inversions in this book, including open chords, closed and spread voiced triads, plus virtually every other type of chord and inversion you’ll need to play anything from rock to jazz.
Fourths Tuning Scales and Arpeggios
Following on from, ‘Fourths Tuning – Chords and Inversions‘, we turn our attention to scales and arpeggios for guitarists transitioning from standard to fourths tuning. In this book we cover three fundamental aspects of this process.
In the first section, we look at how to transfer your knowledge of scales from standard to fourths tuning so as not to feel as though you’re starting from scratch, and to form a basis for early improvisation. In the second section, we look at a scale and arpeggio system that is more suited to the symmetrical nature of fourths tuning, and that will have you playing scales all over the fretboard in a matter of hours, not weeks, months or even years. In the final section, we make the transition to abandoning shapes and patterns as we work towards navigating the fretboard in a much freer sense through intervals.
Fourths Tuning: Modes
There’s a beautiful symmetry about modes in fourths tuning (E, A, D, G, C, F or any variation thereof) that’s well-worth exploring, which is why I’ve dedicated an entire book to it. With that B-string bump out of the way, we’re free to explore modes both as scales in their own right and as parent scales belonging to a key. There’s just something about fourths tuning that makes the transition from theory to practice, and then mastery, a fairly effortless one.
In this book our objective will be to follow this process in order to incorporate the modes of the major scale and the melodic minor scale into our playing. What I’ll provide you with is a concise and effective explanation of the theory behind modes (should you need it), then a system to put this knowledge into practice on the fourths fretboard without learning endless scale patterns or drilling rote patterns.
We’ll do this both for parent scales (modes applied to diatonic chord progressions) and modes as scales in their own right (modes for improvising over isolated chords or non-diatonic progressions in fusion styles). What’s more, if you’re making the transition from standard tuning to fourths, this book will help you organize modes on the fourths fretboard and fill in any gray areas you may have had in standard tuning.
We’ll also learn how to instantly find the parent scale of any mode, how to come up with modal chord progressions, how to properly use backing tracks, as well as clearing up all the doubts that arise when learning modes for the first time.