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Alex Feather
post Aug 9 2012, 06:02 PM
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Hello and welcome aboard!
You don't have to submit any videos or rec into the theory program!
I will be explaining you theory step by step and will do some pop quizzes!
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?

Theory questions (will help me to get a better idea where to start! )

- Harmonize G major scale
- Build A7 chord
- Write ii - V - I chord progression starting with Cmi7
- D mi7 - Bb - Gmi - F What key this chord progression in?

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post Aug 9 2012, 08:29 PM
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Hey Alex, I look forward to working with you!

Goals-- For me music is a hobby, I don't make my lliving from it, but I enjoy it very much. As far as goals go I just want to be well rounded player that can both learn how to play songs that I enjoy, be able to arrange existing songs in ways that I enjoy and also perhaps write some of my own stuff, and understand the theory behind all these things. Thats long term. Short term I want to understand theory behind chords and how to form and use them for chord melody pieces, as well as understand how to use and apply the more exotic scales. (Harmonic and Melodic minor, their related modes, etc.)

Weaknesses--Theory wise, I would say chord related things are my biggest weaknesses. I play two different instruments (Piano as well as guitar) and because of that I know the differences between major chords and minor chords and what seventh chords and power chords are, and I can readily find and play what I need on the piano. However, I can't really do this on guitar, (at least not well) and don't really understand how to build chords on the guitar. Stacking intervals on a piano is so much easier! Also I thought it was interesting that you mentioned harmonizing the G major scale. I can actually play that scale chord by chord, but I learned it by shape and by ear without really ever learning what it means to harmonize a scale or what notes were in each individual chord, I did not learn the theory behind what I was doing.

Strongest point--Hmmm theory wise? or playing wise? Theory wise if I have a strongest point maybe is would be my enjoyment of theory. a lot of times players tend to disregard theoy and think its not important. I have always found it fascinating. Playing wise I would say anything lead guitar related is a strong point for me. I love playing lead and have spent so much time developing this and learning how to play various modes and pentatonics that I have neglected the more chord related stuff.

Favorite Guitar players--

I listen to a lot of different styles of music and enjoy them all so its hard to nail down, but if I had to pick a top five it would be:

1. Gary Moore--Blues is my favorite style of music, and I also love Melodic Rock. He was great at both.

2. Dave Meniketti-- I love his blues album, its like Gary Moore on steroids, and his Rock stuff is awesome as well.

3. Neil Zaza-- His Christmas albums are amazing, and all his other stuff is awesome as well.

4. Joe Pass-- His Jazz albums are great, and a big part of why I want to learn more about chords and more exotic scales.

5. David Gilmour--His music is so atmospheric and powerful, and the first solo cover I ever learned was one of his.

This is probably the top five that I listen to the most, but there is a LOT of others I could mention, since I listen to so much different stuff.

I'm already working on your theory questions, will post my answers a little bit later!


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post Aug 9 2012, 09:36 PM
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- Write ii - V - I chord progression starting with Cmi7

Well assuming that Cmi7 is your ii chord, would it be:

Cmi7.......F# major7.......B major 7 ? Not sure, sometimes adding a seventh throws me off



- Build A7 chord

This means A major 7 right? Then a straight A major would be A,C#,E and to get the seventh you would add G#. Just out of curiosity adding a G natural sounds cool too, kind of bluesy, but what chord would that be?

working on the other two now, I will post the answers as soon as I get them. smile.gif




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post Aug 9 2012, 11:14 PM
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- D mi7 - Bb - Gmi - F What key this chord progression in?

This progression is in the key of F major


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post Aug 10 2012, 04:15 AM
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- Harmonize G major scale

THe harmonizing part made it a little hard, but wouldn't that be Gmajor7, Aminor7, Bminor7, Cmajor7, Dmajor7, Eminor7, F# diminished and then back to Gmajor7 ?


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Alex Feather
post Aug 11 2012, 10:02 PM
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QUOTE (casinostrat @ Aug 10 2012, 03:15 AM) *
- Harmonize G major scale

THe harmonizing part made it a little hard, but wouldn't that be Gmajor7, Aminor7, Bminor7, Cmajor7, Dmajor7, Eminor7, F# diminished and then back to Gmajor7 ?

Veyr happy to have you on board!!! I love Joe Pass!!! He is a great guitar player! Absolutely amazing!
You did a very good job with a theory challenge!
but have made a few minor mistakes:
To harmonize G major scale you made one mistake in the end on F#mi7b5
G maj7 - Ami7 - Bmi7 - Cmaj7 - D7 - Emi7 - F#half diminished or mi7b5
A7 is a dominant chord so 7 should be flat
We will have A- C# - E- G (instead of G#)
For ii - V - I chord progression we will have
Cmi7 - F7 - Bbmaj7
F# would be a part of C#mi not Cmi
The key progression can be in two keys Bb and F
here is how to look at it:
D mi7 - Bb - Gmi - F
F major scale harmonized:
F - Gmi - Ami - Bb - C - Dmi - E dim

Bb major scale harmonized:

Bb - Cmi - Dmi - Eb - F - Gmi - Adim

You can see that the triads are the same in both keys so unless I will be using 7th chords it can be both!
Let me know if you have any questions and we will move on!


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post Aug 12 2012, 08:07 PM
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Thanks for the feedback Alex! I have just a few questions

You said the last chord for the harmonized G major scale is F#mi7b5. If we were to change the key to anything else, for example C Major, would the last chord be a Bmi7b5? Is mi7b5 just another way of saying half diminished?

Could you explain what makes a chord dominant, like the A7 chord you used? I had always thought dominant chords were built on the fifth degree of the major scale, but I'm begining to think there is more to it than that.


On that last question I forgot that you can have two keys (in this case F major and Bb major) that share the same chords. How would the relative minors of these keys fit theory wise, since technically I believe they would have the same Chords, but arranged in a different order?

Great to hear you like Joe Pass! I have quite a few of his albums, (The Virtuoso series, Six-String Santa, etc.) and listen to them regularly. He got me interested in others like George Benson and Larry Carlton, but I think Joe is still my favorite Jazz guitarist.


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Yamaha: FG720S Accoustic

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post Aug 14 2012, 12:07 AM
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QUOTE (casinostrat @ Aug 12 2012, 07:07 PM) *
Thanks for the feedback Alex! I have just a few questions

You said the last chord for the harmonized G major scale is F#mi7b5. If we were to change the key to anything else, for example C Major, would the last chord be a Bmi7b5? Is mi7b5 just another way of saying half diminished?

Could you explain what makes a chord dominant, like the A7 chord you used? I had always thought dominant chords were built on the fifth degree of the major scale, but I'm begining to think there is more to it than that.


On that last question I forgot that you can have two keys (in this case F major and Bb major) that share the same chords. How would the relative minors of these keys fit theory wise, since technically I believe they would have the same Chords, but arranged in a different order?

Great to hear you like Joe Pass! I have quite a few of his albums, (The Virtuoso series, Six-String Santa, etc.) and listen to them regularly. He got me interested in others like George Benson and Larry Carlton, but I think Joe is still my favorite Jazz guitarist.




Yes it is just another name for half diminished chord!
There was not key change if you will look at the circle of fifths G major is the first scale with added # which is F# that's why we got F#mi7b5

A7 chord is V degree of a major scale and will have I - II - V - bVII That's why we got G natural! IF we would have G# it would be Amaj7


Parallel minors have exactly the same notes it just all depends from what note you will start! So you can use either one F major or D minor Bb or G minor both will work fine!
The chord progression is missing Eb or E that's why all 4 scales will work!
Let me know if you have any questions or need help with anything! smile.gif



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post Aug 15 2012, 09:26 PM
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I think I'm ready for the next assignment now Alex, I had to read your last post a couple of times before I began to understand it but I'm beginning to finally get the picture!


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post Aug 16 2012, 06:20 PM
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QUOTE (casinostrat @ Aug 15 2012, 08:26 PM) *
I think I'm ready for the next assignment now Alex, I had to read your last post a couple of times before I began to understand it but I'm beginning to finally get the picture!

Perfect!
I have created a new backing track!
http://soundcloud.com/alex-feather-akimov/chord-progression
The chord progression is:
Dmi - Bb - Gmi - F
I would like you to create a solo pretending it is in the key of F
You can use
D minor pentatonic
F major pentatonic
F major scale
D minor scale
Try to be as melodic as possible and let me know if you have any questions or need help with anything! smile.gif


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post Aug 20 2012, 07:02 PM
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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Aug 16 2012, 05:20 PM) *
Perfect!
I have created a new backing track!
http://soundcloud.com/alex-feather-akimov/chord-progression
The chord progression is:
Dmi - Bb - Gmi - F
I would like you to create a solo pretending it is in the key of F
You can use
D minor pentatonic
F major pentatonic
F major scale
D minor scale
Try to be as melodic as possible and let me know if you have any questions or need help with anything! smile.gif

Hey Alex just to let you know I am working on this assignment and am really enjoying it! I will try and have something ready to post by Thursday or Friday of this week.


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post Aug 22 2012, 12:52 AM
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QUOTE (casinostrat @ Aug 20 2012, 06:02 PM) *
Hey Alex just to let you know I am working on this assignment and am really enjoying it! I will try and have something ready to post by Thursday or Friday of this week.

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


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post Aug 27 2012, 08:37 AM
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QUOTE (casinostrat @ Aug 20 2012, 06:02 PM) *
Hey Alex just to let you know I am working on this assignment and am really enjoying it! I will try and have something ready to post by Thursday or Friday of this week.

Hi! I just wanted to follow up and see how everything is going? Let me know if you have any questions or need help with anything!


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post Aug 27 2012, 10:53 PM
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Thanks I have been working on the solo this week, but my subscription to GMC expired this past week, and I am having trouble getting it renewed, as soon as I get this straightened out I will get back on this assignment. smile.gif



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QUOTE (casinostrat @ Aug 27 2012, 09:53 PM) *
Thanks I have been working on the solo this week, but my subscription to GMC expired this past week, and I am having trouble getting it renewed


Just got my subscription renewed, will post my solo within the next couple days. smile.gif


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Yamaha: FG720S Accoustic

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QUOTE (casinostrat @ Aug 30 2012, 01:02 AM) *
Just got my subscription renewed, will post my solo within the next couple days. smile.gif

Sounds good looking forward to hear it! smile.gif


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post Sep 2 2012, 07:27 PM
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Hey Alex I have my little solo ready to go, but I was wondering if you could explain to me how to post a soundclound track like you did in post #10 of this thread? I would like to try and post my take in this fashion but I haver never done it before. If I can't get it to work I will just post an MP3 file like I do for collabs.


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Yamaha: FG720S Accoustic

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post Sep 3 2012, 09:08 PM
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QUOTE (casinostrat @ Sep 2 2012, 06:27 PM) *
Hey Alex I have my little solo ready to go, but I was wondering if you could explain to me how to post a soundclound track like you did in post #10 of this thread? I would like to try and post my take in this fashion but I haver never done it before. If I can't get it to work I will just post an MP3 file like I do for collabs.

Awesome! I am excited to hear your take!!!
All you have to do is:
-Create an account on Soundcloud.com
-Upload your track
- When you are saving track on the bottom you will se an option to make it downloadable
- Copy link and post it here ( GMC embedding on the left you will see a little table called quick access there is a section "Insert soundcloud" click on it and paste link in there)
I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions or need help with anything! smile.gif


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post Sep 3 2012, 11:22 PM
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Ok thanks for the tips, I have a sound-cloud account, so I will upload it this evening and then try posting it here in this thread. My internet is coming and going today due to thunderstorms in our region, but For now at least I have it. Hope it stays that way! smile.gif


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Yamaha: FG720S Accoustic

Amps: Fender Champ, Peavey Bandit 112, and an ancient Epiphone Amp:)

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post Sep 4 2012, 02:26 AM
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QUOTE (casinostrat @ Sep 3 2012, 10:22 PM) *
Ok thanks for the tips, I have a sound-cloud account, so I will upload it this evening and then try posting it here in this thread. My internet is coming and going today due to thunderstorms in our region, but For now at least I have it. Hope it stays that way! smile.gif


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


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