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Alex Feather
post Aug 6 2012, 06:50 PM
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Hello! I am very happy you have decided to join my mentoring program!
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?
Looking forward to start working with you! smile.gif


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post Aug 6 2012, 10:58 PM
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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Aug 6 2012, 05:50 PM) *
Hello! I am very happy you have decided to join my mentoring program!
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?
Looking forward to start working with you! smile.gif



Goals: I love recording and producing music i would love to be able to make creative unique music.

Weakness's: when i try to make music i can make a good riff then the next one (verse bridge, whatever) will be too much the same. i cant seem to make two new tunes which are the same but different. left hand is slow and i have trouble remembering new patterns. I find the guitar a little awkward to hold, sometimes i prefer classical position sometimes standard.


Strengths: picking speed and control on low e string is great, multiple strings is ok

John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Willie Adler, Tom Hess
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QUOTE (wish to shred @ Aug 6 2012, 09:58 PM) *
Goals: I love recording and producing music i would love to be able to make creative unique music.

Weakness's: when i try to make music i can make a good riff then the next one (verse bridge, whatever) will be too much the same. i cant seem to make two new tunes which are the same but different. left hand is slow and i have trouble remembering new patterns. I find the guitar a little awkward to hold, sometimes i prefer classical position sometimes standard.


Strengths: picking speed and control on low e string is great, multiple strings is ok

John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Willie Adler, Tom Hess

Awesome I am very happy to have you on board!!! smile.gif
I would like you to post a recording of your riff and I will help you to arrange it and will show you tricks about producing a track! smile.gif
I a meantime I would like to give you some hands workout exercises those will develop your hands synchronization very fast and you will have a full control over your hands! smile.gif
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!


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post Aug 9 2012, 09:51 AM
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ok i can do the first 3 parts cleanly at 120bpm but the last part i can only do about 60 for now. will keep practicing, what do you think is a reasonable tempo
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post Aug 9 2012, 05:39 PM
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QUOTE (wish to shred @ Aug 9 2012, 08:51 AM) *
ok i can do the first 3 parts cleanly at 120bpm but the last part i can only do about 60 for now. will keep practicing, what do you think is a reasonable tempo

The trick is slower you do it better results you will get! I would like you to post a take at 80 BPM the whole lesson without stopping! smile.gif


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post Aug 19 2012, 02:56 AM
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QUOTE (wish to shred @ Aug 9 2012, 08:51 AM) *
ok i can do the first 3 parts cleanly at 120bpm but the last part i can only do about 60 for now. will keep practicing, what do you think is a reasonable tempo

Hi! I just wanted to follow up and see how are you doing? Do you have any questions or need help with anything?
Let me know!


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post Aug 20 2012, 10:41 AM
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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Aug 19 2012, 01:56 AM) *
Hi! I just wanted to follow up and see how are you doing? Do you have any questions or need help with anything?
Let me know!


just bought a block of land so between work and getting it tidied up guitar has been a bit quiet. i have still been practising unplugged with a metrenome but i dont have the time to record anything at the moment.

any other little patterns i can learn till i can record. i can play the lot at 80bpm put the last part in triplets is tricky.
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post Aug 20 2012, 12:45 PM
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QUOTE (wish to shred @ Aug 20 2012, 09:41 AM) *
just bought a block of land so between work and getting it tidied up guitar has been a bit quiet. i have still been practising unplugged with a metrenome but i dont have the time to record anything at the moment.

any other little patterns i can learn till i can record. i can play the lot at 80bpm put the last part in triplets is tricky.

If you would like I can post a new exercise for you so you will have something else to work on! Let me know!


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post Aug 20 2012, 09:43 PM
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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Aug 20 2012, 11:45 AM) *
If you would like I can post a new exercise for you so you will have something else to work on! Let me know!

Yeah that would be good I will record the other exercise soon.
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post Aug 22 2012, 12:55 AM
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QUOTE (wish to shred @ Aug 20 2012, 08:43 PM) *
Yeah that would be good I will record the other exercise soon.

I have a perfect exercise for you! It will help you to master modes plus will bring your alternative picking to the next level! smile.gif
Modes being used:
F# Locrian - G major - A dorian - B phrygian - C Lydian - D mixolydian - E minor
Here it is!
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I would like you to start by getting use to those shapes and when you will be learning them try to call out notes it will help you to master the neck better!
And here is a cool part of this exercise!
I played a track and would like you to play along with me! This exercise will help you with picking technique!
http://soundcloud.com/alex-feather-akimov/modes-workout

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


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post Aug 22 2012, 09:41 AM
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hi i recorded the first lesson i know the start is late i found that when i listened again but i didnt want to record it again.
this next leson is huge! dont know how i will ever remember it
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cant wait to hear back from you about my recording any tips to remember all of that second task?
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post Aug 24 2012, 05:07 AM
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QUOTE (wish to shred @ Aug 22 2012, 08:41 AM) *
hi i recorded the first lesson i know the start is late i found that when i listened again but i didnt want to record it again.
this next leson is huge! dont know how i will ever remember it
http://soundcloud.com/brett-fox/alex-lesson-1

You did a very good job! all notes are correct and it sounds almost perfect!
You are rushing a little bit so try to lay back a little bit more!
I would like you to continue practicing this exercises and add them to your warm up routine!
Are you ready for a new assignment or need a little bit more time with this exercise?


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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Aug 24 2012, 04:07 AM) *
You did a very good job! all notes are correct and it sounds almost perfect!
You are rushing a little bit so try to lay back a little bit more!
I would like you to continue practicing this exercises and add them to your warm up routine!
Are you ready for a new assignment or need a little bit more time with this exercise?


I think I'm ready for a new exercise I have been playing the mode exercise and it's ok but I'd like to try something new. The saying the notes as I play is good I have also been playing pentatonics starting on the same root note on all the strings.
Can't wait to see the next challenge smile.gif
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i had a quick look at posterboys thread and i like the theory stuff you guys are doing, working out chords and scales and making them match would be great to learn. i normally just match a scale to the key but changing based on the chord would be cool.
also i dont really know how to work out all them weird chords like A major 7th diminished 9th sus 4 etc.
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QUOTE (wish to shred @ Aug 24 2012, 11:30 PM) *
i had a quick look at posterboys thread and i like the theory stuff you guys are doing, working out chords and scales and making them match would be great to learn. i normally just match a scale to the key but changing based on the chord would be cool.
also i dont really know how to work out all them weird chords like A major 7th diminished 9th sus 4 etc.


No problem! It is sounds fun to start working on chords and scales!!! smile.gif

Poster boy offered his own chord progression and that's what we are working on
Would you like to come up with one or I can assign one for you!
Let me know!


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I'd like to know whats involved in making a chord progression that works. I can pick chords that sound good by ear but how can I do it on paper and how do I know how to make them more variant than just maj or min?
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QUOTE (wish to shred @ Aug 26 2012, 09:59 AM) *
I'd like to know whats involved in making a chord progression that works. I can pick chords that sound good by ear but how can I do it on paper and how do I know how to make them more variant than just maj or min?

Can you please explain in more details please? So I know exactly where to start!


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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Aug 27 2012, 07:48 AM) *
Can you please explain in more details please? So I know exactly where to start!


just a random example if i play bar chords Dmin AMaj Gmin FMaj the G minor sounds out of place and horrible but if i play GMaj it sounds fine.

also i have a chord chart and it says key of A
1st=A 2nd=Bm 3rd=C#m 4th=D 5th=E 6th=F#m 7th=G#dim

i get that the notes are in the AMaj scale but what makes the chords Maj Minor or diminished and why. also how do i know when another variation of chord is also applicable.
Basically i would like to know how to work out what notes make chords how, why and when they can be changed to make other exotic chords
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QUOTE (wish to shred @ Aug 27 2012, 08:42 AM) *
just a random example if i play bar chords Dmin AMaj Gmin FMaj the G minor sounds out of place and horrible but if i play GMaj it sounds fine.

also i have a chord chart and it says key of A
1st=A 2nd=Bm 3rd=C#m 4th=D 5th=E 6th=F#m 7th=G#dim

i get that the notes are in the AMaj scale but what makes the chords Maj Minor or diminished and why. also how do i know when another variation of chord is also applicable.
Basically i would like to know how to work out what notes make chords how, why and when they can be changed to make other exotic chords

Well the thing is that you are not in A major the key is D melodic minor that's why G minor sounds bad because of Bb in it!
I hope that makes sense!:)
I think it's better to stay in the same key we will get into melodic minor minor in little bit!
Do you want me to create a backing track so we can start working on a diatonic progression?


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