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Alex Feather
post Jul 21 2012, 06:09 AM
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Hi! How are you doing?
I have created a new assignment for you!
Here is the backing track!
http://soundcloud.com/alex-feather-akimov/withguitar
It's a minor blues
The chord changes are:
Ami7 - Dmi7 - Ami7 - Emi7 - Dmi7 - Ami7
I have a really good exercise that will help you develop your own style!
I want you to start creating your own licks!
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!


QUOTE (maharzan @ Jul 15 2012, 02:30 AM) *
This is where I stuck at Alex. The chord changes are so fast, I can't even remember the pattern. I mean there is litterally 2-3 notes I could play in that chord change. I can't think of now E dorian A mix D major. Its just too fast and my thinking process isn't fast yet I guess.

I changed the backing track and assignment! Let's start slowly and gradually will be adding new things! smile.gif


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maharzan
post Jul 24 2012, 02:44 PM
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Hi Alex,

Just noodling around the scale. Please tell me what I can improve on. I sound too monotonous but I guess this is a better start. Concentrating on one thing at a time. Thanks for the push. smile.gif

http://soundcloud.com/nazraham/learning-the-neck-with-alex


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post Jul 25 2012, 06:38 PM
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QUOTE (maharzan @ Jul 24 2012, 01:44 PM) *
Hi Alex,

Just noodling around the scale. Please tell me what I can improve on. I sound too monotonous but I guess this is a better start. Concentrating on one thing at a time. Thanks for the push. smile.gif

http://soundcloud.com/nazraham/learning-the-neck-with-alex


You did a very good job! I like you playing and the tone is pretty good!
Now I would like you to start playing over the changes!
Over Ami7 use A minor pentatonic in this shape


Over Dmi7 - D minor pentatonic in this shape


Over Emi7 - E minor pentatonic in this shape


Try to be as melodic as possible and gradually build your solo using shapes I have provided! smile.gif
Let me know if you have any questions or need help!


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post Jul 26 2012, 04:24 AM
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Here is what I have after some tries.

http://soundcloud.com/nazraham/2-1


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post Jul 28 2012, 09:50 AM
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QUOTE (maharzan @ Jul 26 2012, 03:24 AM) *
Here is what I have after some tries.

http://soundcloud.com/nazraham/2-1

You did a very good job!
Now let's write the chords structure out:
Ami7 - A - C - E - G
I would like you to write the other to chords
Dmi7 and Emi7 after I will explain a new assignment!
Good job!


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post Jul 29 2012, 04:53 AM
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Dmi7 -> D - F - A - C
Emi 7 -> E - G - B - D


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post Jul 30 2012, 08:29 PM
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QUOTE (maharzan @ Jul 29 2012, 03:53 AM) *
Dmi7 -> D - F - A - C
Emi 7 -> E - G - B - D

Perfect! Now I would like you to build a solo based on the chord tones only! Use any octave but only the chord tones!
Let me know if you have any questions or need help!


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post Jul 31 2012, 11:27 AM
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Hi Alex,

Here is a quick try. I composed the first half and 2nd half was kinda random. Its so noticeable. biggrin.gif

http://soundcloud.com/nazraham/learning-the-neck-with-alex-1


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post Aug 1 2012, 06:10 AM
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QUOTE (maharzan @ Jul 31 2012, 10:27 AM) *
Hi Alex,

Here is a quick try. I composed the first half and 2nd half was kinda random. Its so noticeable. biggrin.gif

http://soundcloud.com/nazraham/learning-the-neck-with-alex-1

You did a great job! Sounds very nice! Try to keep it less busy and start with a Q&A technique and develop your solo gradually!
I like your melodies a lot but if you will develop it better it will sound amazing! Let me know if you have any questions or need help!


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post Aug 1 2012, 07:34 AM
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Thanks Alex. Do you have a demo of how it could sound like? smile.gif


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post Aug 1 2012, 05:58 PM
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QUOTE (maharzan @ Aug 1 2012, 06:34 AM) *
Thanks Alex. Do you have a demo of how it could sound like? smile.gif

I will join you in a few days I am out of town right now and will be back on Monday! For now I would like you to try getting it yourself! smile.gif I know it's challenging but this is the best way to get results! smile.gif


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post Aug 2 2012, 10:24 AM
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Trying this out again. smile.gif

http://soundcloud.com/nazraham/try-3


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post Aug 2 2012, 05:43 PM
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QUOTE (maharzan @ Aug 2 2012, 09:24 AM) *
Trying this out again. smile.gif

http://soundcloud.com/nazraham/try-3

You did an amazing job!!! Sound very good and melodic! I can tell that you are thinking now about each note you play and it all makes sense! I will prepare a new assignment tomorrow! smile.gif
Keep it up!


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post Aug 3 2012, 02:32 AM
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Thanks Alex. The 4 notes was kinda challenging. smile.gif I am loving to keep things together one by one. smile.gif Looking forward to next one.

PS. I have been looking and listening to improvisations on YouTube so that is helping too. I need to figure out how to play fast notes without sounding up/down or boring at times. Then, it should all come out! biggrin.gif


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post Aug 4 2012, 07:32 PM
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QUOTE (maharzan @ Aug 3 2012, 01:32 AM) *
Thanks Alex. The 4 notes was kinda challenging. smile.gif I am loving to keep things together one by one. smile.gif Looking forward to next one.

PS. I have been looking and listening to improvisations on YouTube so that is helping too. I need to figure out how to play fast notes without sounding up/down or boring at times. Then, it should all come out! biggrin.gif

I actually looked through your thread and found an assignment I gave you to work on modes and scales? How did it go? It is a very good exercise and I would like you to work on it! Let me know!


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post Aug 5 2012, 11:20 AM
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I am doing that regularly. You want me to submit a take ?


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post Aug 6 2012, 08:43 AM
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QUOTE (maharzan @ Aug 5 2012, 10:20 AM) *
I am doing that regularly. You want me to submit a take ?

That would be great if you will! I would like to see your progress before we will move on:)


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post Aug 9 2012, 06:19 PM
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Hi Alex,

Recorded this in the morning forgot to upload it lol. Here is a try, couple of misses, but its doable. I can think of modes now! B Phrygian, D Mixolydian, F locrian, oh yeah!! The shapes are more or less on the head. I am excited what is next.

http://soundcloud.com/nazraham/modes-up-down-random


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post Aug 10 2012, 06:34 PM
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QUOTE (maharzan @ Aug 9 2012, 05:19 PM) *
Hi Alex,

Recorded this in the morning forgot to upload it lol. Here is a try, couple of misses, but its doable. I can think of modes now! B Phrygian, D Mixolydian, F locrian, oh yeah!! The shapes are more or less on the head. I am excited what is next.

http://soundcloud.com/nazraham/modes-up-down-random

You did very good! Continue practicing this exercise and you will get results very fast!
I will create and post a new assignment in a couple of hours!


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post Aug 11 2012, 03:36 AM
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Thanks Alex.. doing it. smile.gif Looking forward to another assignment. smile.gif


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