We're proud to announce that our guitarist wrote a guitar instructional book "(Overcome) The Arpeggio World", covering the topic of learning and implementing arpeggio phrases in solos and compositions. It's currently available only as an e-book, but there are ideas of making print copies going on as well. 

The book has been originally released in 2013, and it has been written in a period of three years prior to the release. The reason Josip wrote the e-book is his playing and songwriting style which uses many different approaches of playing arpeggios. Arpeggios are sequence of notes from a certain chord or a mode, and there are vast opportunities evolving from them.

Josip's playing style involves various techniques introduced by 90's guitarists, packed in a melodic and tasteful riffs or melodies. May it be legato, directional or sweep picking, or even tapping, he's always looking for a way to execute meaningful ideas in an arranged solution for a specific piece of a song, in whatever genre it may be. Being an open minded musician, he's always learning to implement his musical knowledge in a different way, and constantly looking for a way to improve. He wrote (Overcome) The Arpeggio World as a catalyst of his discoveries, and as a path to creating interesting, exciting and uplifting guitar licks.

The first musician which got him into arpeggios is actually not even a guitarist. It's a Japanese music composer and keyboardist Nobuo Uematsu, which wrote soundtracks for the most famous Final Fantasy 7 and Final Fantasy 8 video games Josip is a huge fan of. Later on came renowned guitarists such as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, continued by Paul Gilbert, John Petrucci, etc.  

The book begins by explaining basic must-learn music theory, and this part is separated into 4 chapters;

  1. Major and natural minor scale
  2. Degrees and intervals
  3. Diatonic triads of major and natural minor scales
  4. Major scale modes basics

It will guide you through all the aspects of actually implementing the knowledge in your playing and understanding how things you've just learnt sound when played. It's extremely important to know what you're making when you hit the strings on your guitar, while getting your ear used to it is even more important as it will allow you to recreate certain musical situations anytime you like. There are also many schemes and scale drawings to simplify your learning process. 

The arpeggio guide is a through-out explanation of many ways to start using arpeggios in your playing, backed up by countless exercises and examples:

  1. 5 string arpeggios
  2. Technical skills on 5 string arpeggios
  3. 2 string arpeggiation
  4. Technical skills on 2 string arpeggios
  5. 3 string arpeggios
  6. 4 string arpeggios
  7. 6 string arpeggios
  8. Arpeggios with suspended 2nds and 4ths
  9. Arpeggios with added 9ths
  10. Arpeggios with major and minor 7ths
  11. Arpeggios with major and minor 6ths
  12. Diminished arpeggios
  13. Modal arpeggiation
  14. Complex arpeggio structuring

Each chapter lets you experiment with specific approach of arpeggio implementation in your solos, rhythm licks and even composition arrangement. There are many diagrams to help you get around, as well as special task you can work on to get you moving from the starting point. Making arpeggios on guitar can be exciting, as it's challenge to play them, while everything you pull out good sounds amazing!

Topics go from making arpeggios with 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 string patterns to making arpeggios based on music theory and modes. The exploration culminates with playing complex arpeggios involving many modes and multi-string licks to make off-worldly sounds with the guitar. 

Almost every Through Infinity track is packed with solos dominating by stellar arpeggio licks and passages or subtle arpeggio patterns, revolving gently somewhere in the background, sometimes on guitar, sometimes on keyboards. In many cases, arpeggio patterns were the initial idea of a song, which got built up on top of them!

Josip wrote this book with a desire to explain his guitar playing skills and techniques, as well as solo composition and songwriting approach. It's a detailed 100 page compilation of intriguing ideas, lessons and thought process excerpts, written to unravel your guitar playing potential!

If you want to experience a different way of using arpeggios, you can buy the e-book on our web shop, for a very reasonable price. Get started now!