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Alex Feather
post Jun 11 2012, 07:38 PM
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Hello! Welcome to my mentoring program!
I am thrilled to start working with you!
I have a few questions before we will start!
-What are your goals?
-What is your weakness?
-What is your strongest point?
-Your favorite guitar players?


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post Jun 12 2012, 01:51 AM
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Hey JaxN4!
Nice to see you joined Alex' mentoring pgm.
You gonna love it man!
See you around.
On behalf of the whole class, welcome in.
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post Jun 12 2012, 11:18 AM
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QUOTE (JPBluestring @ Jun 12 2012, 10:21 AM) *
Hey JaxN4!
Nice to see you joined Alex' mentoring pgm.
You gonna love it man!
See you around.
On behalf of the whole class, welcome in.
JPBleustring.



Hello my firend, Thankyou... I have been a bit lost lately and I think this will give me the direction and focus I need, Thanks for the welcome cool.gif

QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Jun 12 2012, 04:08 AM) *
Hello! Welcome to my mentoring program!
I am thrilled to start working with you!
I have a few questions before we will start!
-What are your goals?
-What is your weakness?
-What is your strongest point?
-Your favorite guitar players?



Hello Alex, and thanks for your PM.

My goals as a guitarist are: (in no particular order)

To be able to express what I hear in my head, through my guitar.
To compose my own full instrumental songs
To be able to improvise over a backing.
Play my favourite artists songs (this one will take a few years! haha :-)


Weakness:
I do not have a large vocabulary of licks or ideas....
Navigating around the fretboard
In the 10 months I have picked up the guitar again, I have spent too much time doing exercises and practice routines.... Instead of learning songs
Theory


Strengths:
My bending technique
Vibrato technique is good
Lead Playing
AP is ok
Legato is ok
Finger Independence is good


Favourite Guitar Players:
Nuno Bettencourt
Andy Timmons
Jimi Hendrix
Marco Sfogli
John Petrucci
Michael Paget - (Bullet for My Valentine)
Andy James


Anything else you want to know?

Thanks for your time Alex cool.gif

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Alex Feather
post Jun 12 2012, 05:52 PM
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Perfect! So let's start! smile.gif
We will start getting into improvisation very very soon!
For now I have a perfect exercise to start with! It does miracles and will help you to get your hands synced very fast!

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Practice it at a very slow tempo with a metronome! Slower you do it better results you will get!
Let me know if you have any questions or need help!


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post Jun 13 2012, 11:15 AM
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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Jun 13 2012, 02:22 AM) *
Perfect! So let's start! smile.gif
We will start getting into improvisation very very soon!
For now I have a perfect exercise to start with! It does miracles and will help you to get your hands synced very fast!



Practice it at a very slow tempo with a metronome! Slower you do it better results you will get!
Let me know if you have any questions or need help!



Hi Alex, sounds good. I will start with this today and post some progress when it is coming along.

Thnaks

JD


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post Jun 13 2012, 06:19 PM
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QUOTE (JaxN4 @ Jun 13 2012, 10:15 AM) *
Hi Alex, sounds good. I will start with this today and post some progress when it is coming along.

Thnaks

JD

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


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post Jun 21 2012, 01:03 PM
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Hi Alex, this exercise is going well. It's a good to warm up with before i play, good to focus on timing also. Just to confirm do you want me to post some progress of this or can we move on?

Thanks in advance

JD

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post Jun 22 2012, 07:57 AM
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QUOTE (JaxN4 @ Jun 21 2012, 12:03 PM) *
Hi Alex, this exercise is going well. It's a good to warm up with before i play, good to focus on timing also. Just to confirm do you want me to post some progress of this or can we move on?

Thanks in advance

JD

If you feel 100% sure about doing this exercise right we can move on and start getting into improvisation! smile.gif
Let me know and I will post a new assignment for you right away!


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post Jun 22 2012, 10:36 AM
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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Jun 22 2012, 04:27 PM) *
If you feel 100% sure about doing this exercise right we can move on and start getting into improvisation! smile.gif
Let me know and I will post a new assignment for you right away!



Thanks!

Yes I feel confident to move on. I will be utilising the exercise for warm up and timing skills.

Looking forward to the next task.

Thanks for your time


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post Jun 24 2012, 07:36 AM
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QUOTE (JaxN4 @ Jun 22 2012, 09:36 AM) *
Thanks!

Yes I feel confident to move on. I will be utilising the exercise for warm up and timing skills.

Looking forward to the next task.

Thanks for your time

Perfect! smile.gif
So let's start to get into improvisation a little bit more!
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 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!


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post Jun 26 2012, 11:52 AM
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Thats a nice backing track...

Ill post you a take asap

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post Jun 27 2012, 04:59 AM
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QUOTE (JaxN4 @ Jun 26 2012, 10:52 AM) *
Thats a nice backing track...

Ill post you a take asap

Thanks

Awesome! I am looking forward to hear your take! smile.gif


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post Jun 27 2012, 02:24 PM
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Here is a little something.

http://soundcloud.com/j_davis/alex-task-2-short-solo

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post Jun 28 2012, 12:04 AM
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QUOTE (JaxN4 @ Jun 27 2012, 01:24 PM) *
Here is a little something.

http://soundcloud.com/j_davis/alex-task-2-short-solo

Thanks cool.gif

I like what you did! Nice and very melodic playing!
I would suggest turning down the gain a little bit! You got a very nice sound but it takes away the dynamic in your playing! I will add my take today to give you ideas! smile.gif


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Hello!! Here is my take!
http://soundcloud.com/alex-feather-akimov/jaxn4
I did combination of three pentatonics!
Over A mi7 I played A minor blues pentatonic in this position


Over D minor 7 I used D minor pentatonic


And over E mi7 I used E minor pentatonic


I would like you to continue my idea using the same shapes!
Let me know if you have any questions or need help!


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post Jun 28 2012, 10:59 AM
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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Jun 28 2012, 08:34 AM) *
I like what you did! Nice and very melodic playing!
I would suggest turning down the gain a little bit! You got a very nice sound but it takes away the dynamic in your playing! I will add my take today to give you ideas! smile.gif



Thanks. I appreciate advice regarding tone setting... I always try and tweak my settings.


Your take is great... i'll learn the shapes first and then once I am fimiliar with them i will try and get some licks happening.


Thanks

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QUOTE (JaxN4 @ Jun 28 2012, 09:59 AM) *
Thanks. I appreciate advice regarding tone setting... I always try and tweak my settings.


Your take is great... i'll learn the shapes first and then once I am fimiliar with them i will try and get some licks happening.


Thanks

Sounds good! I am very excited to hear your take! It will be a lot of fun to jam with you! smile.gif


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QUOTE (JaxN4 @ Jun 28 2012, 09:59 AM) *
Thanks. I appreciate advice regarding tone setting... I always try and tweak my settings.


Your take is great... i'll learn the shapes first and then once I am fimiliar with them i will try and get some licks happening.


Thanks

Just wanted to follow up and see how are you doing?
Do you have any questions or need help with anything?


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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Jul 1 2012, 10:15 AM) *
Just wanted to follow up and see how are you doing?
Do you have any questions or need help with anything?



All good thanks. I'm just trying to put together a piece that flows on from yours, tone and feel, etc. shouldn't be too long now.

Also what is your approach to learning new licks and remembering them?

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QUOTE (JaxN4 @ Jul 2 2012, 09:40 AM) *
All good thanks. I'm just trying to put together a piece that flows on from yours, tone and feel, etc. shouldn't be too long now.

Also what is your approach to learning new licks and remembering them?

Thanks

Great I am looking forward to hear your take!
My approach is very simple! smile.gif Take a lick you want to master, learn it, and start using it when you are jamming! Use it as much as you can, change it up if you want! You can noodle through the track but make sure to concentrate and use lick you are learning!
Do it for a couple of days and this lick will become your own!


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