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Ivan Milenkovic
Assignments coming soon!
Ivan Milenkovic
Hello my friend, here are your June assignments! smile.gif

You said you want to start with some funk. I will gladly give you some funk to rehearse. Not only that we will do funk style of playing, but I will try to put lessons that will help with improvising too. I made several funk lessons that are both rhythm and lead, so one rhythm and one lead one (combined with theory in between) will be a good place to start. These two lessons can form a bond and give you an idea what skills to use when improvising, not just funk, but anything.

Here are June assignments:

Assignment number 1:
deadline: June 14
task: check out this lesson, and rehearse videos 2 and 3
goal: post an audio recording of these two videos by the end of the deadline

Assignment number 2:
deadline: June 20
task: check out this lesson, and rehearse videos 4 and 5
goal: post an audio recording of these two videos by the end of the deadline

Assignment number 3:
deadline: June 26
task: check out this lesson, and rehearse video 6
goal: post an audio recording of this video by the end of the deadline

Assignment number 4:
deadline: June 30
task: rehearse the whole lesson, request backing couple of days earlier, and record a video of your playing the lesson in normal tempo
goal: post the video for REC program grading and review.

Theory assignments for June:

Answer all the questions bellow:

1. What major key E dorian mode is?
2. What are the chord triads of that key?
3. If we choose E minor key as our base key for this backing, what is it's relative major key?
4. What chords are mostly used in this lesson?
5. What scales are mostly used in this lesson?
6. What is the most natural scale (mode) that is supposed to be used with E7 chord? Why?


This will cover the funk rhythm basics for the month of June. In the next month we will do some bluesy/funky lead stuff that can relate to the chords used here. This will help you develop your improvising skills too. I will focus on arpeggios too, but later on in the program. If t
purple hayes
QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jun 8 2010, 10:23 AM) *
1. What major key E dorian mode is?

D Major
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2. What are the chord triads of that key?

Triads for D Major Scale: D maj, E min, F# min, G maj, A maj, B min, C# dim
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3. If we choose E minor key as our base key for this backing, what is it's relative major key?

G major
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4. What chords are mostly used in this lesson?

E7, E9 and E11
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5. What scales are mostly used in this lesson?

E min. pentatonic and E Dorian
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6. What is the most natural scale (mode) that is supposed to be used with E7 chord? Why?

E Mixolydian - both E mixolydian and E7 chords have major 3rd and flat 7.

purple hayes


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfaKZayhy9U

I failed to practice with the wah all week. I'll get it in the next lesson.

I just realized I was supposed to record licks 2 & 3 and I did 1 & 2. Sorry.
purple hayes
I'll get the lesson posted later today. My side job of landscaping has really taken off in June and I haven't had enough time to practice/record this month.
purple hayes


I'll upload a louder take tomorrow if I get a chance. I ended up working tonight, so time was short and I promised I'd get up a video.
Ivan Milenkovic
This is very good. You rhythm is well kept, and although some notes are a bit different, it sounds good. One thing I must mention is the way you strum. In funk, try to keep it as tight as possible. Movement with the strumming hand is very fast, and very swift, it goes through all the strings, so you get one sound instead of several strings (if you know what I mean). Keep these strums as short as possible, and always try to play from the wrist, doing down & up all the time, and keeping the hand relaxed and always having some momentum. This gives the weight to the sound.
purple hayes
I'll try to get the 3rd assignment up tonight and the final assignment up by the weekend. Between taking care of the grandkids and my landscaping business ramping up for the summer, the time I usually have for guitar has really gone down.
Ivan Milenkovic
OK my friend, but rules of MTP say that you must put REC video at the end of the month. I cannot continue the MTP in July if there is no REC video of June. Sorry about this sad.gif

I will gladly help you with assignments or anything you may need, but not as MTP, simply because of the rules. I hope you understand.
purple hayes
I totally understand. We just got a late start to this month and the expected (landscaping) and the unexpected (grandkids) have kinda piled up on me. I'll get it posted, but it's not going to be at the level that I'm happy with.
purple hayes


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XcGqGuZntI
Ivan Milenkovic
This is good my friend. I like the sound, but it seems like you are restraining your picking hand. Try to mute all the strings, and strum them all, the sound will be much better.
purple hayes
I agree. I'm not getting that fluid whole wrist motion that you've got happening. I need to work on that.
Ivan Milenkovic
hey my friend! smile.gif

I'm happy to inform you that we will continue the MTP in July, you provided the REC take that is very good IMO. Here's what I wrote there:


The only thing I would recommend is to try to strum all the strings almost all the time, and try to mute the others, it would produce scratching noise that is essential for the funk sound. I LOVE the way you used wah in this lesson. It came out very cool. I used envelope filter (autowah) in original, but I really dig this too, very nice touch. I give a 9, because of the strumming, everything else is great.

Stay tuned for upcoming assignments! smile.gif
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