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Alex Feather
Mar 22 2012, 05:34 PM
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Hello Mad!
I am so happy that you have decided to join my program!
A few questions before we will start!
-What are your goals?
-What is your weakness?
-What is your strongest point?
-Your favorite guitar players?
I am looking forward to start working with you!

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mad
Mar 23 2012, 02:26 PM
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Hey Alex,

thanks for picking me up biggrin.gif
These are my goals for this mentoring:
- get a better acoustic guitar player
- get into some jazz theory/playing
- making my own backing-tracks
my weakness: Fast chord switches, especially when using 4 fingers on the fretboard, barre-chords
strongest point: the last weeks I made good progress regarding rhythm playing and 'faster' alternate picking (thanks to Cosmin and Ben)
my favorite guitar players/musicians (in terms of the direction I want to go here) are:
- Andy McKee
- Erik Mongrain
- Brent Hinds (Mastodon)
- Buckethead

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Alex Feather
Mar 25 2012, 03:34 AM
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Perfect!!!
Let's start with your chords first! I have created a little exercise for you!
It has a few cool chord changes and they are switching fast!
You can start practicing this exercise very slow and than increase the tempo when you feel comfortable!
It will help you with bar chords in no time! You will see progress in a few days and it will never be an issue ever again!!!
Here is the track!

http://soundcloud.com/alex-feather-akimov/chords-mentoring
Here is the tab
E |--1--------------5--------5--------3L----------3----|
B |--1--------------5--------5--------3L----------3----|
G |--2--------------5--------5--------4L----------4----|
D |--3--------------7--------7--------5L----------5----|
A |--3--------------7--------7--------5L----------5----|
E |--1--------------5--------5--------3L----------3----|


--------8--------5--------5--------3--------1L------|
--------8--------5--------6--------3--------1L------|
--------9--------5--------7--------4--------2L------|
--------10-------7--------7--------5--------3L------|
--------10-------7--------5--------5--------3L------|
--------8--------5--------5--------3--------1L------|


--1--------5--------5--------3L----------3----------|
--1--------5--------5--------3L----------3----------|
--2--------5--------5--------4L----------4----------|
--3--------7--------7--------5L----------5----------|
--3--------7--------7--------5L----------5----------|
--1--------5--------5--------3L----------3----------|


--------8--------8--------8--------8L-------8-------|
--------8--------8--------8--------8L-------8-------|
--------9--------9--------9--------9L-------9-------|
--------10-------10-------10-------10L------10------|
--------10-------10-------10-------10L------10------|
--------8--------8--------8--------8L-------8-------|


--1--------------5--------5--------3L----------3----|
--1--------------5--------5--------3L----------3----|
--2--------------5--------5--------4L----------4----|
--3--------------7--------7--------5L----------5----|
--3--------------7--------7--------5L----------5----|
--1--------------5--------5--------3L----------3----|


--------8--------5--------5--------3--------1L------|
--------8--------5--------6--------3--------1L------|
--------9--------5--------7--------4--------2L------|
--------10-------7--------7--------5--------3L------|
--------10-------7--------5--------5--------3L------|
--------8--------5--------5--------3--------1L------|


--1--------5--------5--------3L----------3----------|
--1--------5--------5--------3L----------3----------|
--2--------5--------5--------4L----------4----------|
--3--------7--------7--------5L----------5----------|
--3--------7--------7--------5L----------5----------|
--1--------5--------5--------3L----------3----------|


--3--------3--------3--------3----------------------||
--3--------3--------3--------3----------------------||
--4--------4--------4--------4----------------------||
--5--------5--------5--------5----------------------||
--5--------5--------5--------5----------------------||
--3--------3--------3--------3----------------------||


Here is the GP file!
Attached File  Chords.gpx ( 23.33K ) Number of downloads: 85

This exercise is a little tricky! Please feel free to ask me any questions!

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mad
Mar 25 2012, 12:36 PM
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Thanks! I'll put this into my daily practice routine.
But the GP-file is missing.. would be helpful for practicing slow!

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Alex Feather
Mar 25 2012, 05:32 PM
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Great! Just added a guitar pro file! Let me know how your practicing goes!
Also I would like to know your practicing routine!
Just write me your schedule and what you are working on!

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mad
Mar 26 2012, 08:04 AM
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Thanks! But unfortunately I'm still using GP5 - could you please export it into that format? I'm planning to get the latest version though, but for now I get everything what I need out of GP5..

My practice schedule:
First 10 minutes:
For warmup I use one of these patterns (don't know from where I got them, but I tabbed them once and since then I play along with GP or a metronome)
Attached File  Warmup1.gp5 ( 6.3K ) Number of downloads: 65

Attached File  Warmup2.gp5 ( 7.13K ) Number of downloads: 65

Attached File  Warmup3.gp5 ( 1.96K ) Number of downloads: 66


I do some stretching afterwards

20-30 minutes
I'm chosing a lesson I have to work on for my mentoring (last one I did was the ramones lesson from gabriel, uploaded yesterday) next one will be the rhythm lesson by marcus siepen (Cosmin mentoring) - I already uploaded a take a few days ago, but I should work on that some more and record another take..

5 minutes
working on a different lesson: atm funk rhythm (Cosmin mentoring) need to get that down to improve faster rhythm playing..

When I have some more time (normally that's the case), I do some alternate picking excercises or work on another lesson.

Whenever I can I grab my acoustic and play something and try to sing along (->only when I know nobody is around me tongue.gif ) atm chords from the C major scale. Or I'm just trying to play melodies I have in my head...

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Alex Feather
Mar 26 2012, 07:07 PM
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Here is GP5 file!
Attached File  Chords.gp5 ( 3.78K ) Number of downloads: 79

You have a very nice and organized practice routine!
I can suggest adding pentatonics into it
It's very simple
you have to learn every pentatonic in every position and start playing them as an exercise!
You can use alternative picking!
My idea of practicing is more things you can combine together better it is!
So you can do pentatonics and alternative picking at the same time!
I am not sure if you have all pentatonic shapes
E |----------------------------|--------3--6--3-------------|
B |----------------------------|--3--6-----------6--3-------|
G |--------------------3--5----|-----------------------5----|
D |--------------3--5----------|----------------------------|
A |--------3--5----------------|----------------------------|
E |--3--6----------------------|----------------------------|


----------------------------|----------------|----------------------------|
----------------------------|----------------|----------------------------|
--3-------------------------|----------------|--------------------5--7----|
-----5--3-------------------|----------------|--------------5--8----------|
-----------5--3-------------|----------------|--------5--8----------------|
-----------------6--3-------|----------------|--6--8----------------------|


--------6--8--6-------------|----------------------------|
--6--8-----------8--6-------|----------------------------|
-----------------------7----|--5-------------------------|
----------------------------|-----8--5--------------5L---|
----------------------------|-----------8--5-------------|
----------------------------|-----------------8--6-------|


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--5-------------------------|----------------------------|
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----------------------------|--------8--10-8-------------|
----------------------------|--8--11----------11-8-------|
--------------------7--10---|-----------------------10---|
--------------8--10---------|----------------------------|
--------8--10---------------|----------------------------|
--8--10---------------------|----------------------------|


----------------------------|----------------------------|
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--7-------------------------|----------------------------|
-----10-8-------------------|----------------------------|
-----------10-8--------10L--|--10------------------------|
-----------------10-8-------|----------------------------|


----------------------------|----------------------------|
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----------------------------|--------------------10-12---|
----------------------------|--------------10-12---------|
----------------------------|--------10-13---------------|
----------------------------|--10-13---------------------|


--------10-13-10------------|----------------------------|
--11-13----------13-11------|----------------------------|
-----------------------12---|--10------------------------|
----------------------------|-----12-10------------------|
----------------------------|-----------13-10-------10L--|
----------------------------|-----------------13-10------|


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--10------------------------|----------------------------|
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----------------------------|--------13-15-13------------|
----------------------------|--13-15----------15-13------|
--------------------12-15---|-----------------------15---|
--------------12-15---------|----------------------------|
--------13-15---------------|----------------------------|
--13-15---------------------|----------------------------|


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--12------------------------|----------------------------|
-----15-12------------------|----------------------------|
-----------15-13------------|----------------------------|
-----------------15-13-15L--|--15------------------------|


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----------------------------------------------------|
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--------3--5--------5--8--------8--10-------10-13---|
--3--6--------6--8--------8--10-------10-13---------|


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--------13-15-------15-17-17-15-------15-13---------|
--13-15-------15-18-------------18-15-------15-13---|


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--13-10-------10-8--------8--5--------5--3----------|-------|
--------13-10-------10-8--------8--6--------6--3L---|--3----|


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--------13-10-------10-8--------8--6--------6--3----|


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--3--5--------5--8--------8--10-------10-13---------|
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--13-15-------15-17-------------17-15-------15-13---|
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--------12-10-------10-8--------8--5--------5--3----|
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--3--5--------5--7--------7--10-------10-12---------|
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--12-15-------15-17-------------17-15-------15-12---|
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--13-11-------11-8--------8--6--------6--3----------|
--------12-10-------10-7--------7--5--------5--3----|
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--------3--6--------6--8--------8--10-------10-13---|
--3--6--------6--8--------8--11-------11-13---------|
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--------13-15-------15-18-18-15-------15-13---------|
--13-15-------15-18-------------18-15-------15-13---|
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--13-10-------10-8--------8--6--------6--3----------|
--------13-11-------11-8--------8--6--------6--3----|
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--6--3----------------------------------------------|
--------6--3--------6--3----------------------------|
--------------5--3--------5--3--------5--3----------|
--------------------------------5--3--------5--3----|
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--------5L----------------------5-------------------||
--5--3----------------------------------------------||
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Here is GP 5 file
Attached File  G_minor_pentatonics.gp5 ( 8.76K ) Number of downloads: 69

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mad
Mar 26 2012, 08:43 PM
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Wow! Thanks man!
Yes, I know all the shapes - but putting these into my warmup routine is definately the best I can do!
I'm starting right now and let you know the progress!

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Alex Feather
Mar 26 2012, 09:44 PM
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QUOTE (mad @ Mar 26 2012, 07:43 PM) *
Wow! Thanks man!
Yes, I know all the shapes - but putting these into my warmup routine is definately the best I can do!
I'm starting right now and let you know the progress!

Sounds good!
This is a mechanical routine you have to get it to the point when you don't think when you are playing! It will take some time but you will be rewarded in the end!!!

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Mar 26 2012, 09:50 PM
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Noticed that! I just played through the patterns again without a doubt and I was able to play the part with E/D and then D/A strings in no time - but for don't think about it while playing, I'll need a few days ....
right now I'm struggling with the chords-excercise tongue.gif

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Alex Feather
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QUOTE (mad @ Mar 26 2012, 08:50 PM) *
Noticed that! I just played through the patterns again without a doubt and I was able to play the part with E/D and then D/A strings in no time - but for don't think about it while playing, I'll need a few days ....
right now I'm struggling with the chords-excercise tongue.gif

I am glad to hear that!
Chord exercise is fun! Ha! It will help you a lot!!!

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Hi! I just wanted to follow up and check on your progress!
So you have any questions or need help with something please let me know!

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Hey Alex, thanks for checking! Well, I'm always using the new horizontal pentatonic runs in my daily warmup-routines (it's getting more and more fluent - good feeling!) And trying to get the chord changes up to speed.. When I'm going to play them faster, I have difficulties to fret the entire chord (higher strings are not ringing) but I think that's just a matter of practice hours ;P
At first I played the chords with a different strumming pattern, just to get the feeling for faster changes..

I'd like to start with some jazz theory as well, if you don't mind...

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QUOTE (mad @ Apr 3 2012, 03:29 PM) *
Hey Alex, thanks for checking! Well, I'm always using the new horizontal pentatonic runs in my daily warmup-routines (it's getting more and more fluent - good feeling!) And trying to get the chord changes up to speed.. When I'm going to play them faster, I have difficulties to fret the entire chord (higher strings are not ringing) but I think that's just a matter of practice hours ;P
At first I played the chords with a different strumming pattern, just to get the feeling for faster changes..

I'd like to start with some jazz theory as well, if you don't mind...

I am glad you seeing the progress! It takes time but you are on the right track so look at it as a long term investment!
Let's start with some Jazz!!!
All Jazz is based on II-V-I so if you will learn how to play over those changes you will learn to play over anything!
To play over changes and sound good you have to play chords tones! Chord tones is a sequence of the notes that chord is made of!
Here is a new backing track
http://soundcloud.com/alex-feather-akimov/ii-v-i-jam

What I want you to do is to get use to this track and jam with it!
The chord changes Emi7-A7-Dmaj7
So let's analyze those chords and find chord tones!
Emi7 - E-G-B-D
A7- A-C#-E-G
Dmaj7-D-F#-A-C#

The most important chord tones III-VII

So when you are jamming I want you to start landing on the chords tones every time A7 comes up!
Try to land on III or VII but if you can't any of Dmaj7 chord tones will work!

Let me know if you have any questions or need some help!

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Hi! I just wanted to follow up and see how everything is going and if you need any help or have questions!

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QUOTE (mad @ Apr 3 2012, 03:29 PM) *
Hey Alex, thanks for checking! Well, I'm always using the new horizontal pentatonic runs in my daily warmup-routines (it's getting more and more fluent - good feeling!) And trying to get the chord changes up to speed.. When I'm going to play them faster, I have difficulties to fret the entire chord (higher strings are not ringing) but I think that's just a matter of practice hours ;P
At first I played the chords with a different strumming pattern, just to get the feeling for faster changes..

I'd like to start with some jazz theory as well, if you don't mind...

Hi! How are you? I just wanted to check and see how is everything going! Do you have any questions or need help with anything?

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QUOTE (mad @ Apr 3 2012, 03:29 PM) *
Hey Alex, thanks for checking! Well, I'm always using the new horizontal pentatonic runs in my daily warmup-routines (it's getting more and more fluent - good feeling!) And trying to get the chord changes up to speed.. When I'm going to play them faster, I have difficulties to fret the entire chord (higher strings are not ringing) but I think that's just a matter of practice hours ;P
At first I played the chords with a different strumming pattern, just to get the feeling for faster changes..

I'd like to start with some jazz theory as well, if you don't mind...

Hi! I just wanted to see how are you doing and if you are ready for a new challenge?

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Hi! I have a new assignment if you are ready!! Please let me know!! smile.gif

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Hey Alex!

Sorry, but I was somewhat busy in the last weeks - not able to pick up my guitar any time sad.gif ..
But I'm 'restarting' right away. Surprisingly I was able to keep up the speed when warming up with the pentatonics, but I have the same problems when speeding up the chord-changes.. Can you provide me the backing without you playing the chords - or better: do you have that backing in lower bpms - if not, no problem, I continue using GP (although it's kinda boring tongue.gif )?
I'll try to improvise over your jazz backing ASAP!

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ok - here's something I came up after a short time of jamming.. I didn't take much attention on landing on specific notes at first, but after I jammed a little bit and I got a 'nice and easy' melody going on that sounded good to me, I recognized that these are mostly the notes to head for (if I'm not wrong..)
Did a few mistakes but all in all hearable (warning: don't get asleep while listening biggrin.gif )

http://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/mentoring-alex-ii-v-i

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