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post Aug 5 2012, 06:09 AM
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Hi! I am very happy that you have decided to join!!!
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 mentoring you!
Welcome aboard!!!! smile.gif


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post Aug 5 2012, 10:57 AM
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Hello Alex,glad to join! biggrin.gif Firstly,I'm a male from Greece who plays for about 2.5 years guitar and everything I learned is from GMC and tabs from Ultimate-Guitar or similar sites. I never had a personal trainer or help in real life and I'm quite sure GMC if filling that gap!!


What are your goals?

Truth is I've only occupied myself with tabs so I don't really know theory. Not even scales sad.gif I did an MTP two years ago which concerned mostly theory,but since then I play little guitar because of studies so I've forgotten everything! ohmy.gif

So from this MTP,I want the main goal to be learning the appropriate theory that will be needed mostly for improvising! I really want to learn improvising on a backing track and such and I think whereas melodic phrasing lines are more important developing for improvising,theory should be very helpful as well!

Another think I want discussed from this MTP is tone. My tone SUCKS!! It always did. I have just a Gibson Epiphone and Line 6 POD I use and a little Marshall MG10CD I use when I borrow sometimes effect pedals from friends!

What is your weakness?
-What is your strongest point?


Well I dont think I have something better than the other or the other way around tongue.gif All techniques really need improvement! If I were to mention something,I have to improve my Alternate Picking tongue.gif Ohh and my tone!!!!!!!


Your favorite guitar players?

I like many guitar players but If I were to mention some,it would be Joe Satriani,Guthrie Govan,Paul Gilbert and SRV... I just love all of them and I would like to be able to play in the style of all of them in the future biggrin.gif



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I think I might be able to manage 4 or even 5 level lessons! I will make some vids of me playing and post them these days so you can see for yourself! I'm really happy to be starting this program with you!!! smile.gif

Chris
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post Aug 6 2012, 08:42 AM
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QUOTE (SubbedChris @ Aug 5 2012, 09:57 AM) *
Hello Alex,glad to join! biggrin.gif Firstly,I'm a male from Greece who plays for about 2.5 years guitar and everything I learned is from GMC and tabs from Ultimate-Guitar or similar sites. I never had a personal trainer or help in real life and I'm quite sure GMC if filling that gap!!


What are your goals?

Truth is I've only occupied myself with tabs so I don't really know theory. Not even scales sad.gif I did an MTP two years ago which concerned mostly theory,but since then I play little guitar because of studies so I've forgotten everything! ohmy.gif

So from this MTP,I want the main goal to be learning the appropriate theory that will be needed mostly for improvising! I really want to learn improvising on a backing track and such and I think whereas melodic phrasing lines are more important developing for improvising,theory should be very helpful as well!

Another think I want discussed from this MTP is tone. My tone SUCKS!! It always did. I have just a Gibson Epiphone and Line 6 POD I use and a little Marshall MG10CD I use when I borrow sometimes effect pedals from friends!

What is your weakness?
-What is your strongest point?


Well I dont think I have something better than the other or the other way around tongue.gif All techniques really need improvement! If I were to mention something,I have to improve my Alternate Picking tongue.gif Ohh and my tone!!!!!!!


Your favorite guitar players?

I like many guitar players but If I were to mention some,it would be Joe Satriani,Guthrie Govan,Paul Gilbert and SRV... I just love all of them and I would like to be able to play in the style of all of them in the future biggrin.gif



Final


I think I might be able to manage 4 or even 5 level lessons! I will make some vids of me playing and post them these days so you can see for yourself! I'm really happy to be starting this program with you!!! smile.gif

Chris


Awesome I am very happy to have you on board!!! smile.gif
First I would like to give you some hands workout exercises those will develop your alternative picking technique very fast!!!
The trick is to practice it at a very slow tempo and get full control over your hands!!!
It is very important to master mechanical exercises you will get great results and will see progress very very fast!
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Please let me know if you have any questions! I am looking forward to hear your thought about the exercises!!!
They're really work!


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post Aug 6 2012, 05:15 PM
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Cool exercise man!!! biggrin.gif I'll be doing it very often and will increase the tempo slowly!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwnr8ZnWWmQ
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post Aug 6 2012, 06:48 PM
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QUOTE (SubbedChris @ Aug 6 2012, 04:15 PM) *
Cool exercise man!!! biggrin.gif I'll be doing it very often and will increase the tempo slowly!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwnr8ZnWWmQ


You started to rush when you got to the second lick
This exercise is meant to fix all bad habits you might have and will get you full control over your hands which will lead to a good synchronization!
Slower you practice it better results you will get! You did a good job learning it but there are some little details that are missing!
Let me know if you have any questions or need help with anything! smile.gif


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post Aug 7 2012, 12:02 AM
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Ok then,gonna start tomorrow morning and practice it again!!! Gonna post another video of me playing it,starting from slower tempos smile.gif You can post the next assigntment if you want!

The 4th one is a string skipping exercise right??

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post Aug 7 2012, 05:50 PM
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QUOTE (SubbedChris @ Aug 6 2012, 11:02 PM) *
Ok then,gonna start tomorrow morning and practice it again!!! Gonna post another video of me playing it,starting from slower tempos smile.gif You can post the next assigntment if you want!

The 4th one is a string skipping exercise right??

Awesome! I am looking forward to hear your take! The 4th exercise is string skipping! smile.gif
What would you say if we will start getting into improvisation a little bit more or would you like to work on a few more exercises?


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post Aug 7 2012, 08:59 PM
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I think we should get into improvisation!! smile.gif I may ask you for exercises some other time but Alternate Picking is ok for now!!

Just a reminder I'm at 0% at theory! tongue.gif

The only things I know are chords,how to construct major and minor scales,but I dont know any scales. Just how to construct them so I think a good exercise would be if I work a lot and construct them and apply them on the fretboard!

And about major scale harmony which is something like I(major) II(minor) III(minor) IV(major) V(major) VI(minor) VII (diminished) VIII (major) and just a little about modes (we have to get into those wink.gif )

For example, for the most common scale (and only one I know) is

C Major:C,Dmin,Emin,F,G,Amin,Bdim and C again

So we should get started with this! smile.gif
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post Aug 8 2012, 09:02 PM
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QUOTE (SubbedChris @ Aug 7 2012, 07:59 PM) *
I think we should get into improvisation!! smile.gif I may ask you for exercises some other time but Alternate Picking is ok for now!!

Just a reminder I'm at 0% at theory! tongue.gif

The only things I know are chords,how to construct major and minor scales,but I dont know any scales. Just how to construct them so I think a good exercise would be if I work a lot and construct them and apply them on the fretboard!

And about major scale harmony which is something like I(major) II(minor) III(minor) IV(major) V(major) VI(minor) VII (diminished) VIII (major) and just a little about modes (we have to get into those wink.gif )

For example, for the most common scale (and only one I know) is

C Major:C,Dmin,Emin,F,G,Amin,Bdim and C again

So we should get started with this! smile.gif


So I have a new assignment for you!
Here is the backing track that you can use to practice your assignments!
http://soundcloud.com/alex-feather-akimov/blues-mentoring
It's a standard I - IV - V blues progression in E
So the chords are: E7 - A7 - B7
I would like you to jam over it and get use to the feel and the groove!
For now I would like you to use E minor pentatonic in this position:






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


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post Aug 10 2012, 11:44 AM
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Ok here is my attempt,cool backing track,I loved it tongue.gif

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivKbcjrBe1o
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post Aug 11 2012, 10:09 PM
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QUOTE (SubbedChris @ Aug 10 2012, 10:44 AM) *
Ok here is my attempt,cool backing track,I loved it tongue.gif

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivKbcjrBe1o

You did a very good job!
I like your phrases and ideas! The only thing that I would suggest to keep it less busy at first and build your solo gradually! smile.gif
I would like you to do one more take and after I will record and example of me playing to give you more ideas!
Let me know if you have any questions or need help with anything! smile.gif


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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Aug 11 2012, 09:09 PM) *
You did a very good job!
I like your phrases and ideas! The only thing that I would suggest to keep it less busy at first and build your solo gradually! smile.gif
I would like you to do one more take and after I will record and example of me playing to give you more ideas!
Let me know if you have any questions or need help with anything! smile.gif



Cool!!! Will do that! tongue.gif
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post Aug 12 2012, 03:06 PM
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Here it is! Messed a little on the 2nd part though..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuMQlwFJjyU
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post Aug 14 2012, 12:10 AM
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QUOTE (SubbedChris @ Aug 12 2012, 02:06 PM) *
Here it is! Messed a little on the 2nd part though..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuMQlwFJjyU

Another very nice take!!!
Have you ever heard about questions and answer technique?


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post Aug 14 2012, 12:14 AM
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Actually,you used it on your video chat on Sunday biggrin.gif Very awesome technique!!! To me it sounded like the male was asking ''Why'' and his girlfriend responded ''Cause we can't blah blah blah''

To make things short,I think it is playing licks on different octaves,one higher and the next one lower!

Want me to try it? tongue.gif
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QUOTE (SubbedChris @ Aug 13 2012, 11:14 PM) *
Actually,you used it on your video chat on Sunday biggrin.gif Very awesome technique!!! To me it sounded like the male was asking ''Why'' and his girlfriend responded ''Cause we can't blah blah blah''

To make things short,I think it is playing licks on different octaves,one higher and the next one lower!

Want me to try it? tongue.gif

If you could would be awesome!!! Give it a try it is a very interesting technique!


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post Aug 22 2012, 10:52 PM
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Ηey Alex! Sorry for being away for so long,had trouble!

I didn't manage to do another take sad.gif I don't really have any other ideas and have difficulty making something melodic!

If possible,what I would like from you is some feedback on my tone! One thing I really want to improve is the attack! Even if I use the rake technique or apply more power picking the strings it doesn't make a difference. I also have little sustain on long notes. That's why the legato is weak on the upper lesson as I have to put too much power on hammering and pulling the strings. And that's why both of these videos are full of pinch harmonics tongue.gif ( I apply too much power cause if I don't the tone sux) andI have to pick many times a note in order for the sound to not fade away!

I really want you to help me figure this out! What should I do with settings such as gain and drive on distortion pedal ( I use Screamer on POD Farm) or other effects.


Furthermore,I would like you to help me on theory basics as far as improvisation is concerned! I mean,it was easy making these videos because the backing tracks had chords that lasted many seconds! But what if there is a chord progression of 3 chords where each bar lasts about 5-6 seconds? Wanna expand on those things!
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post Aug 24 2012, 05:24 AM
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QUOTE (SubbedChris @ Aug 22 2012, 09:52 PM) *
Ηey Alex! Sorry for being away for so long,had trouble!

I didn't manage to do another take sad.gif I don't really have any other ideas and have difficulty making something melodic!

If possible,what I would like from you is some feedback on my tone! One thing I really want to improve is the attack! Even if I use the rake technique or apply more power picking the strings it doesn't make a difference. I also have little sustain on long notes. That's why the legato is weak on the upper lesson as I have to put too much power on hammering and pulling the strings. And that's why both of these videos are full of pinch harmonics tongue.gif ( I apply too much power cause if I don't the tone sux) andI have to pick many times a note in order for the sound to not fade away!

I really want you to help me figure this out! What should I do with settings such as gain and drive on distortion pedal ( I use Screamer on POD Farm) or other effects.


Furthermore,I would like you to help me on theory basics as far as improvisation is concerned! I mean,it was easy making these videos because the backing tracks had chords that lasted many seconds! But what if there is a chord progression of 3 chords where each bar lasts about 5-6 seconds? Wanna expand on those things!


No worries we will get there! Starting very simple and I will be assigning new backing tracks! smile.gif
Lets work on your tone and attack!
To start I would like to know what kind of software are you using to record?


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post Aug 24 2012, 08:54 AM
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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Aug 24 2012, 04:24 AM) *
No worries we will get there! Starting very simple and I will be assigning new backing tracks! smile.gif
Lets work on your tone and attack!
To start I would like to know what kind of software are you using to record?


I have an Epiphone Les Paul and I use POD Farm for the sound and Reaper to record!

For this tone,I used a Brit Gain 18 (Amp)
Screamer (Distortion)
Brite Room (Reverb)
Noise Gate
Vetta Wah (Wah)

I didn't use a delay effect pedal cause I don't really know how to adjust with ms and such!

I don't know why I used a Wah,but it makes the sound better! What this POD Farm has is

Guitar Amps,Preamps,Distortions,Dynamics,Filters,Mods,Delays,Reverbs,Wahs,Gates,Compres
sor,EQ!

Thanks! smile.gif
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post Aug 26 2012, 05:36 AM
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QUOTE (SubbedChris @ Aug 24 2012, 07:54 AM) *
I have an Epiphone Les Paul and I use POD Farm for the sound and Reaper to record!

For this tone,I used a Brit Gain 18 (Amp)
Screamer (Distortion)
Brite Room (Reverb)
Noise Gate
Vetta Wah (Wah)

I didn't use a delay effect pedal cause I don't really know how to adjust with ms and such!

I don't know why I used a Wah,but it makes the sound better! What this POD Farm has is

Guitar Amps,Preamps,Distortions,Dynamics,Filters,Mods,Delays,Reverbs,Wahs,Gates,Compres
sor,EQ!

Thanks! smile.gif

I think you have a good choice of sounds and effects!
For the delay you have a few options
Feedback ( I would suggest to keep it on 15 - 20
I would lock the tempo 8th notes
and keep the effect loudness at 20-30
Try it out!
If you like wah sound it is totally fine! Early Satriani recorded with Wah constantly on ad thats how he got his sound! smile.gif
Also I would suggest keeping gain lower and try to compensate the distortion using your right hand! this way you can develop an amazing attack and dynamic!
Let me know if you have anymore questions!
P.S. On Tuesday I will join you in the jam and will record a take to give you ideas! smile.gif


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