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Kklee100 Theory Mentoring
Alex Feather
Aug 9 2012, 06:05 PM
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Hello! I am very happy you have decided to join my theory 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?

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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kklee100
Aug 9 2012, 07:18 PM
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I can only answer the first question so far.

G Am Bm C D Em F#dim G.

(I am reading theory book recently. And seventh chord is my next chapter...)

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kklee100
Aug 10 2012, 05:21 PM
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1. Harmonize G major scale.
Ans: G Am Bm C D Em F#dim G.

2. Build A7 chord.
Ans: A C# E G.

3. Write ii - V - I chord progression starting with Cmi7
Ans: Dm7(b5) - Gm7 - Cm7

4. D mi7 - Bb - Gmi - F What key this chord progression in?
Ans: F major or D minor.

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kklee100
Aug 11 2012, 08:13 AM
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-What are your goals?

My goal is to play for fun and hope I can play a full song in front of small audience. It is better if I can play songs of my favorite bands (like Stratovarius...etc)


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


I don't know what my strongest point is, so maybe everything is my weakness. I uploaded some videos onto REC.


-Your favorite guitar players?


I prefer speed, power, melodic, neoclassical metal bands ( I don't know what exactly the type is called. )
Like Stratovarius, Helloween, Gamma ray, Avantasia, Yngwie Malmsteen, Symphony X...

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Alex Feather
Aug 11 2012, 10:15 PM
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QUOTE (kklee100 @ Aug 10 2012, 04:21 PM) *
1. Harmonize G major scale.
Ans: G Am Bm C D Em F#dim G.

2. Build A7 chord.
Ans: A C# E G.

3. Write ii - V - I chord progression starting with Cmi7
Ans: Dm7(b5) - Gm7 - Cm7

4. D mi7 - Bb - Gmi - F What key this chord progression in?
Ans: F major or D minor.

Hello! You almost got everything right! smile.gif

For ii - V - I chord progression we will have
Cmi7 - F7 - Bbmaj7
I think you have assumed that Cmi7 is one that's what caused the mistake! smile.gif


You are correct about the chord progression but there is another option that is available! smile.gif
The key progression can be in two keys Bb/Gmi and F/Dmi
here is how to look at it:
D mi7 - Bb - Gmi - F
F /Dmimajor scale harmonized:
F - Gmi - Ami - Bb - C - Dmi - E dim

Bb/Gmi 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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kklee100
Aug 12 2012, 12:41 PM
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Thanx for your explanation. I am read to advance.

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Alex Feather
Aug 13 2012, 11:48 PM
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QUOTE (kklee100 @ Aug 12 2012, 11:41 AM) *
Thanx for your explanation. I am read to advance.

Awesome! So here is the plan! We will be combining theory and playing! This way you will get fastest results!
I would like to start combining pentatonic scales!
Here is a very cool II - V - I backing track in E minor
http://soundcloud.com/alex-feather-akimov/ii-v-i-jam
The chords are:
Emi7 - A7 - Dmaj7
So we will start by playing pentatonic over each chord! This is the easiest way to learn playing over the chord changes!
Over E mi7 chord I want you to play E dorian mode

Over A7
A minor blues pentatonic

Over D major 7 F# minor pentatonic


When you are playing over this chord progression try to be as melodic as possible and create phrases instead of just jamming!
Let me know if you have any questions or need help!

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kklee100
Aug 14 2012, 08:14 AM
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Thank you for your teaching!!

I have a question.
Over Em7, you want me to play E dorian mode.
Over A7, you want me to play A minor blues pentatonic.
But over Dmaj7. you want me to play F# minor pentatonic. Why not D related scale?
Thanx!!

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Alex Feather
Aug 15 2012, 04:43 PM
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QUOTE (kklee100 @ Aug 14 2012, 07:14 AM) *
Thank you for your teaching!!

I have a question.
Over Em7, you want me to play E dorian mode.
Over A7, you want me to play A minor blues pentatonic.
But over Dmaj7. you want me to play F# minor pentatonic. Why not D related scale?
Thanx!!

I am glad you've asked! smile.gif
So let's harmonize E dorian scale:
E mi7 - F#mi7 - G maj7- A7 - B mi7 - C#mi7b5
So for every minor mode we can play a minor pentatonic
So that means over Em7 - A7 - Dmaj7 chord progression we can play E minor - B minor and F# minor pentatonics!
The reason I chose F# minor over D maj7 is because you will get pretty much all the chord tones out of it!
D maj7 chord is
D - F# - A - C#
F# minor pentatonic:
F# - A - B - C# - E
So you have F# - A - C#
Which are III - V - VI

Let me know if you have any questions or need help with anything! smile.gif

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kklee100
Aug 16 2012, 02:35 PM
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1. Because F# minor pentatonic scaleˊs notes: F# A B C# E, which are also notes of D major scale: D E F# G A B C#, so we can play F# minor pentatonic scale over Dmaj7 chord and it will not sound strange. Is it right?

2. You said "so you have F#-A-C#, which are III-V-VI".
VI should be corrected as VII, right?
And which are III-V-VII (of D major scale), right?

Thank you for your patience. Thanx!!

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Alex Feather
Aug 16 2012, 06:25 PM
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QUOTE (kklee100 @ Aug 16 2012, 01:35 PM) *
1. Because F# minor pentatonic scaleˊs notes: F# A B C# E, which are also notes of D major scale: D E F# G A B C#, so we can play F# minor pentatonic scale over Dmaj7 chord and it will not sound strange. Is it right?

2. You said "so you have F#-A-C#, which are III-V-VI".
VI should be corrected as VII, right?
And which are III-V-VII (of D major scale), right?

Thank you for your patience. Thanx!!

It will not sound strange because you are playing chord tones! So over D major 7 it will be perfectly fine!

Those are the chord tones of D major 7 chord III - V - VII
Yeah the correct answer is VII sorry I have made a typo:)

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Alex Feather
Aug 27 2012, 08:31 AM
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Hi! Just wanted to see how is everything going?

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kklee100
Aug 27 2012, 09:45 AM
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hello Alex, thank you for your concern!
I tried some playing but it is not melodic, so I did not record it.
Can you show me some demo? Thanx!!

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Alex Feather
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QUOTE (kklee100 @ Aug 27 2012, 08:45 AM) *
hello Alex, thank you for your concern!
I tried some playing but it is not melodic, so I did not record it.
Can you show me some demo? Thanx!!


I would like to record something first before I will create a demo! The reason why is I want to have a starting point so we can track your progress! Just try to create a simple melody even if it is a few notes! smile.gif

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kklee100
Sep 1 2012, 05:46 PM
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Hello Alex, this is my recording.
http://soundcloud.com/kklee100/ii-v-i-jam-mix

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Alex Feather
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QUOTE (kklee100 @ Sep 1 2012, 04:46 PM) *
Hello Alex, this is my recording.
http://soundcloud.com/kklee100/ii-v-i-jam-mix

You did a very good job! Nice phrases and some very nice ideas! smile.gif A few things that will improve your playing even more!
- Turn down distortion. It will help you develop a better touch and improve dynamic! It is really important not to hide behind the wall of distortion try it out and let me know how it feels! smile.gif
- I would suggest trying out question and answer technique! It will work perfectly for this solo!
Let me know if you are not familiar with Q&A and I will explain it in details!

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kklee100
Sep 4 2012, 06:09 PM
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Thanx Alex,
Would you please explain question and answer technique? Thanx!!

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Alex Feather
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QUOTE (kklee100 @ Sep 4 2012, 05:09 PM) *
Thanx Alex,
Would you please explain question and answer technique? Thanx!!

There are a few different types of question and answer technique
You can go even numbers or even/odd number of phrases!
Just pretend it's a conversation between a men and a woman!
Low octave is men hight is woman!
This is the best and the fastest way to master Q&A technique!
Playing two notes in a lower register and replying in a higher register with two notes as well

----------------------------------------------
------------------------------12-15-----------
----------------------------------------------
---5-7----------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------

Two - four
Playing two notes in a lower register and replying in a higher register with four notes

----------------------------------------------
------------------------------12-15-----------
-------------------------------------12-14----
---5-7----------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------

Four - four

--------------------------------------12-15---
------------------------------12-15-----------
--------5-7-----------------------------------
---5-7----------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------

You can keep going in even numbers! This technique will help you develop your solo so you don't show everything right away!
Very good technique to use when you are got caught on the spot and have to play something right away!
Let me know if it makes sense!
I will also record a take in a few hours to give you ideas!

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QUOTE (kklee100 @ Sep 4 2012, 05:09 PM) *
Thanx Alex,
Would you please explain question and answer technique? Thanx!!

So I did an example of Q&A technique as you can hear I was trying to have rest between the phrases and was pretending that it is a conversation between two people I would like to add another pentatonic and we will also start using a blues scale
It is exactly the same as a minor pentatonic accept of added bIV in it! That is how you get a cool bluesy sound!
I would like you to use those two blues shapes:





I have recorded a track to give you ideas!
Please continue my solo
http://soundcloud.com/alex-feather-akimov/dminor-solo

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

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kklee100
Sep 10 2012, 11:43 AM
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Nice playing!!
I have two questions.
1. What is the chord progression of the backing track?
2. How do you create the backing tracks? By recording your guitar playing? or all by software simulation?
Thanx and give me days to continue your solo.

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