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Alex Feather
post Apr 19 2012, 05:09 PM
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Hi! I am really glad that you have decided to join my mentoring program!
I already have an idea about your playing and what you want to learn but I want to get the main picture as well, so here is a few questions!
-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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GrindGuer
post Apr 19 2012, 08:54 PM
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Hey Alex,
glad to travel with you on this journey smile.gif
My goals are to take pleasure playing guitar, eventually to play in a band. I wish to work a lot on rhythm guitar, have a really good timing, and rhythmic ideas.
My weakness would be the lack of precision. Everything I play is often a bit messy here and there. And I need to strengthen my fingers.
My strongest point may be my right hand picking, even if it's not something marvellous...
My favourite guitar players : it's a difficult question. I love David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Joe Bonamassa, John Petrucci (on Awake and Scenes from a memory), Steve Vai, John Scofield, Greg Howe, Jeff Loomis, ...
I'm looking forward to work with you too ! smile.gif


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Alex Feather
post Apr 21 2012, 09:41 PM
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Perfect! I have a great exercise that will help you make your fingers stronger!
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So what I want you to do is to add this exercise into your warming up routine!
The trick is to play it at a very slow tempo using a metronome!
I will prepare another assignment for you for left hand only!
Please let me know if you have any questions or need help!


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GrindGuer
post Apr 23 2012, 09:24 PM
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hey Alex,
I incorporated these exercises in my warm-up program. Do you want a recording of it ? Should I play it at 80 bpm or play it even slower ? The 8th notes at 50 bpm are quite difficult to follow. smile.gif

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Alex Feather
post Apr 24 2012, 04:46 AM
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QUOTE (GrindGuer @ Apr 23 2012, 08:24 PM) *
hey Alex,
I incorporated these exercises in my warm-up program. Do you want a recording of it ? Should I play it at 80 bpm or play it even slower ? The 8th notes at 50 bpm are quite difficult to follow. smile.gif

If you can record it that would be perfect!
I think 50 BPM is a good tempo!!! Or if you do 80 BPM play one note on each click!


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post Apr 25 2012, 09:46 PM
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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Apr 24 2012, 05:46 AM) *
If you can record it that would be perfect!
I think 50 BPM is a good tempo!!! Or if you do 80 BPM play one note on each click!

Ok, here are some samples at 50 bpm. Tell me what you think.
Cheers !

Attached File  rhythm_50_1.mp3 ( 729.69K ) Number of downloads: 77

Attached File  rhythm_50_2.mp3 ( 623.89K ) Number of downloads: 46

Attached File  rhythm_50_3.mp3 ( 545.89K ) Number of downloads: 54

Attached File  rhythm_50_4.mp3 ( 1.38MB ) Number of downloads: 55


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post Apr 26 2012, 04:45 PM
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QUOTE (GrindGuer @ Apr 25 2012, 08:46 PM) *
Ok, here are some samples at 50 bpm. Tell me what you think.
Cheers !

Attached File  rhythm_50_1.mp3 ( 729.69K ) Number of downloads: 77

Attached File  rhythm_50_2.mp3 ( 623.89K ) Number of downloads: 46

Attached File  rhythm_50_3.mp3 ( 545.89K ) Number of downloads: 54

Attached File  rhythm_50_4.mp3 ( 1.38MB ) Number of downloads: 55

You did a very good job! And you are almost there I think a little more practicing and it will be perfect!
Track 1
On the first lick you are ahead of the beat especially the first two notes, when triplets come in your timing is fine

Track 2,3
Same thing rushing a little

Track 4
Very well done a few notes here and there but I think this one is almost perfect!!!

I think you can set metronome at 80 BPM and play one note per click it will help you a lot! Also add this exercises into your practicing routine and use it as a warm up exercise!!! Let me know if you have any questions! I think in a few days I will give you a new assignment let me know what do you think!


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post Apr 26 2012, 05:41 PM
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Hey Alex,
thanks for the comments. I will try at 80 bpm with one note per click. Will post something there, probably on Saturday.


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post Apr 27 2012, 02:03 AM
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QUOTE (GrindGuer @ Apr 26 2012, 04:41 PM) *
Hey Alex,
thanks for the comments. I will try at 80 bpm with one note per click. Will post something there, probably on Saturday.

Perfect! Just play one note per click you will sena big difference in a couple of weeks!!!! Looking forward to hear your take!!!


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post May 12 2012, 06:03 AM
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QUOTE (GrindGuer @ Apr 26 2012, 04:41 PM) *
Hey Alex,
thanks for the comments. I will try at 80 bpm with one note per click. Will post something there, probably on Saturday.

Hi! How is everything going? are you ready for a new challenge?


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post Jun 22 2012, 07:29 AM
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QUOTE (GrindGuer @ Apr 26 2012, 04:41 PM) *
Hey Alex,
thanks for the comments. I will try at 80 bpm with one note per click. Will post something there, probably on Saturday.

I have a new melodic assignment for you! Let me know if you are ready!


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post Jun 22 2012, 04:32 PM
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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Jun 22 2012, 08:29 AM) *
I have a new melodic assignment for you! Let me know if you are ready!

Hey Alex. Sorry for the "long time no see". I have a lot to do. I'm ready for a some new work smile.gif


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post Jun 24 2012, 07:41 AM
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QUOTE (GrindGuer @ Jun 22 2012, 03:32 PM) *
Hey Alex. Sorry for the "long time no see". I have a lot to do. I'm ready for a some new work smile.gif

Awesome! Let's start!!!
Here is the backing track I would like you to use to practice!
http://soundcloud.com/alex-feather-akimov/withguitar
It's a minor blues
The chord changes are:
Ami7 - Dmi7 - Ami7 - Emi7 - Dmi7 - Ami7
I would like you to start getting use to this track and jam over it!
To start we will use A minor blues pentatonic in 3 positions:







You can use any notes from those positions !Try to combine them together and turn them into short licks!
I would like to hear what you can come up with before I will give you examples!
Let me know if you need help or have any questions!
I will add my take tomorrow and will explain the next step! smile.gif


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post Jun 24 2012, 10:46 AM
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Thanks Alex. I shall enjoy this work. I won't be abble to work on it until tomorrow though.
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post Jun 24 2012, 06:20 PM
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QUOTE (GrindGuer @ Jun 24 2012, 09:46 AM) *
Thanks Alex. I shall enjoy this work. I won't be abble to work on it until tomorrow though.
Cheers

Here is my take!
http://soundcloud.com/alex-feather-akimov/grindguer
I used the same pentatonics and shapes I gave you!
Please continue my solo idea and try to be as melodic as possible! Q&A technique will work the best for this type of solo!
Record your solo after mine and leave the rest of the backing track playing so I can add another part!
Let me know if you have any questions or need help!


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post Jun 25 2012, 04:51 PM
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Hey Alex,
here is a try. Didn't have much time. Tell me if that's what you are waiting for.
Cheers. http://soundcloud.com/grindguer/grindguer-01/s-0NJeI


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post Jun 26 2012, 02:52 AM
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QUOTE (GrindGuer @ Jun 25 2012, 03:51 PM) *
Hey Alex,
here is a try. Didn't have much time. Tell me if that's what you are waiting for.
Cheers. http://soundcloud.com/grindguer/grindguer-01/s-0NJeI

Sounded really good! I love your sound and dynamic! Very very nice! I would like to hear a little more development maybe try Q&A technique? Also be careful with you bending!!
I will add another take in a couple of days and will create a new assignment for you!
Good job!


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post Jun 26 2012, 10:55 PM
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Thanks Alex ! smile.gif


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post Jun 27 2012, 04:58 AM
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QUOTE (GrindGuer @ Jun 26 2012, 09:55 PM) *
Thanks Alex ! smile.gif

You are welcome in the meantime please try to practice Q&A technique! It will fit this song very good!


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post Jul 1 2012, 02:48 AM
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QUOTE (GrindGuer @ Jun 26 2012, 09:55 PM) *
Thanks Alex ! smile.gif

So I have a new challenge ready for you!
Let's work on Q&A technique a little bit more!
I would like you to play:
A minor pentatonic over A minor chord
D minor pentatonic over D minor chord
E minor pentatonic over E minor chord
Pentatonics and positions I would like you to use:
A minor


D minor


E minor (It's above the 12 fret)


Try to leave space in between phrases and use exact shapes I gave you!
Here is my take to give you ideas! Please continue it like the last time! smile.gif
http://soundcloud.com/alex-feather-akimov/grindguer-1

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


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