"(Overcome) The Arpeggio World" guitar instructional e-book


Josip wrote a guitar instructional e-book "(Overcome) The Arpeggio World", covering the topic of learning and implementing arpeggio phrases in solos and compositions. The reason he wrote the book are vast opportunities evolving from arpeggios - a sequence of notes from a certain chord or mode. His playing and songwriting style uses many different approaches of playing arpeggios. It also 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.

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About half-whole scale

Half-whole diminished scale is an octatonic scale, meaning, it has 8 tones, or more accurate, notes. The name explains which notes they are if you choose A half-whole scale, you go this way:

First note is A, next one is the half step higher, which is B flat, next one is two half-steps (whole step) higher, which is C, next one is again half step away, which is D flat, and so on.

The formula is 1, b2, #2, 3, #4, 5, 6, b7.

Here are a few of common fingerings for this scale (in key of E):

And in the key of A:

Characteristic chords for this scale are: Half Diminished, Diminished, Minor 7, Diminished 7. You can play a progression of those chords following each note of the scale.

I see this scale as a tool to describe an atmosphere of danger and fear. Try to play around with a pedal tone (for example A), and improvise with notes of this scale, and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Soloing Ideas

I will present some of my ideas for soloing in this scale, in the key of Am. First I'm gonna start with some one string runs. Example 1 (Fig 1) involves having E note as a pedal tone.

Fig 1:

Example 2 (Fig 2) sounds pretty interesting if you play it right. You start from A note on 5th fret, first string, with index finger, and then hammer on with your ring or middle finger on higher note in the scale (Bb note), and then you slide with index finger from A to Bb note. Then continue the process all the way to higher A note on 17th fret.

Fig 2:

Next example (Fig 3) is a slide/legato phrase on one string.

Fig 3:

The following riff (Fig 4) requires usage of all four fingers of your left hand. Try to experiment with this kind of phrases, you might get to really groovy licks!

Fig 4:

Next phrase (Fig 5) is a good way to experiment with using same notes in a row. Try playing this example in reverse, too!

Fig 5:

You can also arpeggiate with notes of this scale.

Fig 6:

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The good thing about this scale is that you can use it almost any minor key, but you have to be careful about that. If you play in A phrygian dominant, you can put this scale with no doubt, you can also hit it after natural minor, but you have to make sure you want this atmosphere in your solo. Try to combine all minor options with this, I ensure you it's worth it!