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Alex Feather
post May 12 2012, 05:25 AM
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QUOTE (mad @ May 10 2012, 08:33 PM) *
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

You did a very good job! I would love to hear more chord tones! Here is a good exercise!
It has all the chord tones from this chord progression! Also it is a very good exercise to sync hands together!
Track 1
E minor 7
S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
E||--------------------10---3--------------------15-|
B||------------------8----3------------15---3-15----|
G||--------7------------------------12----0---------|
D||------5-----------------------12-----------------|
A||----5----------------------10--------------------|
E||--3----------------------------------------------|


A 7
S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
-----15-------9----------------------------|
--14------------8-------------------2------|
---------------------12-----6-----0--------|
-----------17-----11----5------------------|
--------16----------------------4-------10-|
------------------------------3-------9----|


D major 7
S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
----------9-----------2-9-----------14----9---|
------------7-------2-------------7----14---7-|
-------11-----6-------------------------------|
----11----------4-----------------------------|
--9---------------4---------------------------|
----------------------------------------------|


D major 7
S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
--------------------------------------------|----||
----7-----------------------------2---------|----||
--6---6------11---6-----------------6-------|----||
----------11----4---------------4-----4-L-L-|----||
--------9---------------------4-------------|----||
--------------------2-----------------------|----||



Attached File  Chord_Tones.gp5 ( 2.14K ) Number of downloads: 36


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


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post May 12 2012, 12:37 PM
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Thanks! Will give it a try!
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post May 12 2012, 01:21 PM
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OK- that's some weird fretboard work and way too fast for me atm huh.gif
But I know where you want me to go.. I'll try to come up with a different melody and more chord tones - OK?
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post May 13 2012, 02:48 PM
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QUOTE (mad @ May 12 2012, 12:21 PM) *
OK- that's some weird fretboard work and way too fast for me atm huh.gif
But I know where you want me to go.. I'll try to come up with a different melody and more chord tones - OK?

You don't have to play it that fast! All this chord tones will works through out the track even if you will play them slow!
Just take your time and learn those at a slow tempo and jam over the track!
That will be great if you can come up with a different melody! smile.gif I would say go for it! I am looking forward to hear your take and ideas!


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post May 22 2012, 07:28 AM
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I have a very cool mechanical exercise that will help you to continue mastering pentatonic scales!
The same idea! Practice it slow using a metronome! It will help you to learn all shapes in no time!
Here is the tab:
E |-----------------------------------------3--5-------|
B |--------------------------------------3--------3----|
G |-----------------------4--------2--4----------------|
D |--------2-----------2-----5--2----------------------|
A |-----------5--2-------------------------------------|
E |--3--5-----------5----------------------------------|


-----3-----------------------5--7-------------------|
--5--------3-----------5--8--------5----------------|
--------4--------4--7-----------------7-------------|
--------------5--------------------------5----------|
--------------------------------------------7-------|
-----------------------------------------------5----|


-----------------7--10----10----------7-----10------|
--------------8--------------------8-----10----8----|
-----------4-----------------7----------------------|
--------7--------------9----------------------------|
-----5--------------------------10------------------|
--7-------------------------------------------------|


-----------------------------10---------------------|
--------------------------------12------------------|
--9--7--------------------12------------------------|
--------9--7-----------9--------------12------------|
--------------10-------------------10----------14---|
-----------------10-12-------------------12-15------|


----------------------------------------------------|
--------------------15-12----15-12----15-12----15---|
--------15-------14-------15-------14-------12------|
-----14-------12------------------------------------|
-----------14---------------------------------------|
--12------------------------------------------------|


--12-15---------------------------------------------||
----------------------------------------------------||
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----------------------------------------------------||
----------------------------------------------------||
--------0L----------------------0L----0-------------||

Attached File  Pentatonic_insanity.gpx ( 16.24K ) Number of downloads: 34

Let me know if you have any questions or need help! smile.gif
Also next week we will switch to melodic exercises and I will start explaining how to develop a solo and make it melodic and creative!


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post May 22 2012, 09:14 AM
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Getting right into it.. do I have to use AP all the way for this excercise?
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post May 22 2012, 09:33 AM
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QUOTE (mad @ May 22 2012, 08:14 AM) *
Getting right into it.. do I have to use AP all the way for this excercise?

Yes! You don't have to bring it up to speed slower you do it better results you will get!


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post May 22 2012, 12:05 PM
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Oh hell - I'm at the first [email protected] and when I just think I got the pattern down, I mess it up mad.gif
this needs some work, too biggrin.gif
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post May 22 2012, 07:25 PM
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QUOTE (mad @ May 22 2012, 11:05 AM) *
Oh hell - I'm at the first [email protected] and when I just think I got the pattern down, I mess it up mad.gif
this needs some work, too biggrin.gif

It's not an easy exercise but it will do miracles and you will master all pentatonics in no time!
The easiest way is to break it on a few sections and learn it part by part!
Let me know if you need help!


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post May 23 2012, 08:10 AM
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Morning! Here is a little 'progress report' for these insane patterns (first two [email protected]) smile.gif
I'm excited about upcoming miracles tongue.gif

http://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/mentoring-alex
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post May 23 2012, 04:33 PM
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Now got the first 3 bars down - some serious string skipping in the 3rd one... How fast do you expect me to play this exercise?
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post May 23 2012, 05:01 PM
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You did a very good job! On the second one you lost timing a little bit I think because of the drum beat, but got back into it!
You don't have to play it fast! It's a mechanical exercise and will develop your coordination just keep the same tempo or even slower! Let me know if you have any questions!


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post May 24 2012, 03:35 PM
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This is the weirdest stuff I've ever played tongue.gif ...
Hope that's OK for you so far:

http://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/mentoring-alex-1
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post May 25 2012, 08:42 AM
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QUOTE (mad @ May 24 2012, 02:35 PM) *
This is the weirdest stuff I've ever played tongue.gif ...
Hope that's OK for you so far:

http://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/mentoring-alex-1



So far very good! A few timing issues but more you practice it better it will get!
I know this exercise is a little weird, but it will help you to learn pentatonic shapes much faster! The idea is to make your brain work differently! This exercise is meant to break typical patterns and when you do that will help you to memorize stuff much easier!
You will see! Just play it for a couple of weeks!
Also you are developing alternative picking! So two birds with one stone:)
Let me know if you have any questions!


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post May 26 2012, 07:18 AM
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Thanks! I'll upload another [email protected] soon - I even managed to play this excercise at 50bpm.. afterwards I go back to a slower speed and I can play without any problems! I'm just playing using GP behind, that works great. When I play to a drum track I tend to loose timing in the 3rd bar.. maybe because of string skipping. I think next step would be playing to a metronome and then I'll see if it's getting better to a drum track..
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post May 26 2012, 08:50 AM
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QUOTE (mad @ May 26 2012, 06:18 AM) *
Thanks! I'll upload another [email protected] soon - I even managed to play this excercise at 50bpm.. afterwards I go back to a slower speed and I can play without any problems! I'm just playing using GP behind, that works great. When I play to a drum track I tend to loose timing in the 3rd bar.. maybe because of string skipping. I think next step would be playing to a metronome and then I'll see if it's getting better to a drum track..

I am glad to hear that you are getting comfortable with this exercise! Here is the trick! When you will start practicing this exercise with a metronome set it up at double speed and play one note per click! It will help you a lot! For example if you are comfortable with 60 BPM set up your metronome at 120 and later when you will feel better with the timing you can switch back to 60 and even 30 BPM!
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post May 31 2012, 09:34 AM
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Hi Alex!

Just a short update on the pentatonic insanity excercise:

http://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/mentoring-alex-2
Please let me know what you think and maybe let's try the next task?
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post Jun 1 2012, 05:09 AM
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QUOTE (mad @ May 31 2012, 08:34 AM) *
Hi Alex!

Just a short update on the pentatonic insanity excercise:

http://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/mentoring-alex-2
Please let me know what you think and maybe let's try the next task?

You did a very good job! A few notes here and there but more you will practice it better it will get! Add this exercise to your practice routine!
Ok here is new assignment!
We will start to get into improvisation a little bit more!
Remember the backing track I assigned you?
It's a II - V - I backing track in E minor
http://soundcloud.com/alex-feather-akimov/ii-v-i-jam
This is the track that we will be using for a while and I will give you assignments based on it!
The chords are:
Emi7 - A7 - Dmaj7

Over E mi7 chord I want you to play E dorian mode

Over A7
A minor blues pentatonic

Over D major 7 F# minor pentatonic


Try to be as melodic as possible!!!
I will also record a track to give you more ideas based on the assignment I gave you!
You also can use licks from "Pentatonic Insanity" exercise!
Let me know if you have any questions or need help!


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post Jun 12 2012, 07:52 AM
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Hi Alex!
Just wanted to let you know I'm still working on the improvisation.. but it's difficult for me to keep in time with the chord changes while playing over them.. maybe you can help out a little, or record a short example on how to play over it.. maybe I'm just short of licks I could use - the licks from the pentatonic insanity excercise sound weird wacko.gif over this backing (or not melodic).

Thanks!
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post Jun 12 2012, 05:48 PM
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QUOTE (mad @ Jun 12 2012, 06:52 AM) *
Hi Alex!
Just wanted to let you know I'm still working on the improvisation.. but it's difficult for me to keep in time with the chord changes while playing over them.. maybe you can help out a little, or record a short example on how to play over it.. maybe I'm just short of licks I could use - the licks from the pentatonic insanity excercise sound weird wacko.gif over this backing (or not melodic).

Thanks!

Cool! So that's what we will start doing from now on!
Here is my take
http://soundcloud.com/alex-feather-akimov/mad
I used exactly the same shapes as I gave you
Over E mi7 chord I played E dorian mode, Over A7
A minor blues pentatonic, Over D major 7 F# minor pentatonic

What I would like you to do is to continue my ideas and ad another solo after mine!
Try to be as melodic as possible and use the same scales and shapes I gave you!
Please leave the rest of the track playing so I can add the next part to it!
Let me know if you have any questions or need help!


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