Aug 15 2012, 05:11 PM Post #1 Instructor Group: GMC Instructor Posts: 4.332 Joined: 21-November 11 From: Los Angeles Member No.: 14.398 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? Very excited to start working with you! --------------------
 Aug 15 2012, 07:56 PM Post #2 Learning Apprentice Player Group: Members Posts: 383 Joined: 5-August 08 From: South Africa Member No.: 5.638 As for goals, I'd like to be able to apply theory to my playing, and not struggle to work everything out. I'd like to compose.Weaknesses -> hmmm, most of theory I guess, and certain practical things I'm working on, like legato, and bends, and sweeping..In Theory, maybe timing, since I play drums.. (but even the theory here I sometimes am shaky)..Orianthi, Dexter Holland, Noodles, Sameer Bhattacharya, Gabriel Leopardi,Matthew Tuck/ Michael PagetFor Harmony, G, A, B, C, D, E, F♯, Gbecomes A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#, AAs for A 7:D Major Scale is :D, E, F♯, G, A, B, C♯, DThe 5th is A..So A, C#, E, G(I think)So for II V I:Scale is Bb Bb C D Eb F G ACm7 F7 Bb7(Again, I think) --> I'm a little shaky on this kind of thing..The chords listed at the last question are in the key of F...um... I think .. --------------------
 Aug 16 2012, 06:19 PM Post #3 Instructor Group: GMC Instructor Posts: 4.332 Joined: 21-November 11 From: Los Angeles Member No.: 14.398 QUOTE (CathShadow @ Aug 15 2012, 06:56 PM) As for goals, I'd like to be able to apply theory to my playing, and not struggle to work everything out. I'd like to compose.Weaknesses -> hmmm, most of theory I guess, and certain practical things I'm working on, like legato, and bends, and sweeping..In Theory, maybe timing, since I play drums.. (but even the theory here I sometimes am shaky)..Orianthi, Dexter Holland, Noodles, Sameer Bhattacharya, Gabriel Leopardi,Matthew Tuck/ Michael PagetFor Harmony, G, A, B, C, D, E, F♯, Gbecomes A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#, AAs for A 7:D Major Scale is :D, E, F♯, G, A, B, C♯, DThe 5th is A..So A, C#, E, G(I think)So for II V I:Scale is Bb Bb C D Eb F G ACm7 F7 Bb7(Again, I think) --> I'm a little shaky on this kind of thing..The chords listed at the last question are in the key of F...um... I think ..Hello! I am glad to have you on my mentoring program! I would like you to harmonize G major scale using chords:Gmaj7 - Ami7 etc.Everything else was correct! The chord progression can be in two keys Bb and F here is how to look at it:D mi7 - Bb - Gmi - FF major scale harmonized:F - Gmi - Ami - Bb - C - Dmi - E dim Bb major scale harmonized:Bb - Cmi - Dmi - Eb - F - Gmi - AdimYou 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! --------------------
 Aug 21 2012, 07:21 PM Post #4 Learning Apprentice Player Group: Members Posts: 383 Joined: 5-August 08 From: South Africa Member No.: 5.638 Hey So my question is, do you want the 7th (as Harmony) on the chords of the Gmaj Scale? or do you want harmonious chords? --------------------
 Aug 22 2012, 01:06 AM Post #5 Instructor Group: GMC Instructor Posts: 4.332 Joined: 21-November 11 From: Los Angeles Member No.: 14.398 QUOTE (CathShadow @ Aug 21 2012, 06:21 PM) Hey So my question is, do you want the 7th (as Harmony) on the chords of the Gmaj Scale? or do you want harmonious chords?If you can add 7th would be great!!! --------------------
 Aug 22 2012, 08:20 PM Post #6 Learning Apprentice Player Group: Members Posts: 383 Joined: 5-August 08 From: South Africa Member No.: 5.638 Hey,The chrods for harmony are broken up like this: Gmaj7 (G B D F)Amin7 (A C E G)Bmin7 (B D F# A)Cmaj7 (C E G D7 (D F# A C)Emin7 (E G B D)F#m7b5 (F# A C E) --------------------
 Aug 24 2012, 05:27 AM Post #7 Instructor Group: GMC Instructor Posts: 4.332 Joined: 21-November 11 From: Los Angeles Member No.: 14.398 QUOTE (CathShadow @ Aug 22 2012, 07:20 PM) Hey,The chrods for harmony are broken up like this: Gmaj7 (G B D F)Amin7 (A C E G)Bmin7 (B D F# A)Cmaj7 (C E G D7 (D F# A C)Emin7 (E G B D)F#m7b5 (F# A C E)Awesome!! So now let's start getting into improvisation a little bit more so you can start practicing theory that I teaching you! I have created a 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 useD minor pentatonicF major pentatonicF 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! --------------------
 Aug 27 2012, 08:39 AM Post #8 Instructor Group: GMC Instructor Posts: 4.332 Joined: 21-November 11 From: Los Angeles Member No.: 14.398 hi! I just wanted to follow up and see how everything is going? --------------------
 Aug 27 2012, 08:44 AM Post #9 Learning Apprentice Player Group: Members Posts: 383 Joined: 5-August 08 From: South Africa Member No.: 5.638 QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Aug 27 2012, 09:39 AM) hi! I just wanted to follow up and see how everything is going?Hey It's going good -> I will upload a soundbyte tonight so you can hear the progress --------------------
 Aug 27 2012, 08:53 AM Post #10 Instructor Group: GMC Instructor Posts: 4.332 Joined: 21-November 11 From: Los Angeles Member No.: 14.398 QUOTE (CathShadow @ Aug 27 2012, 07:44 AM) Hey It's going good -> I will upload a soundbyte tonight so you can hear the progress Awesome! I am looking forward to it! --------------------
 Aug 27 2012, 08:53 PM Post #11 Learning Apprentice Player Group: Members Posts: 383 Joined: 5-August 08 From: South Africa Member No.: 5.638 So, Here's a take :)started on Dm..... landed up using f..  improv_clip.mp3 ( 1.59MB ) Number of downloads: 49 QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Aug 27 2012, 09:53 AM) Awesome! I am looking forward to it! --------------------
 Aug 31 2012, 02:57 AM Post #12 Instructor Group: GMC Instructor Posts: 4.332 Joined: 21-November 11 From: Los Angeles Member No.: 14.398 QUOTE (CathShadow @ Aug 27 2012, 07:53 PM) So, Here's a take :)started on Dm..... landed up using f..  improv_clip.mp3 ( 1.59MB ) Number of downloads: 49 You did a very good job!!! Very melodic and nice! For a new assignment I have recorded my take to give you ideas! Here is the track http://soundcloud.com/alex-feather-akimov/cathshadowPlease continue after my solo! I would like you to combine two D minor pentatonics: Shape 1 (should be octave higher) Shape 2 (octave higher as well)Let me know if you have any questions or need help with anything! This post has been edited by Alex Feather: Aug 31 2012, 02:58 AM --------------------
 Oct 2 2012, 06:49 PM Post #13 Learning Apprentice Player Group: Members Posts: 383 Joined: 5-August 08 From: South Africa Member No.: 5.638 Hi AlexI'm playing around with some Ideas for it, but I'm finding it difficult to get whats in my head onto the guitar, my fingers seem to play slower than my brain --------------------
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 Oct 3 2012, 05:06 PM Post #15 Instructor Group: GMC Instructor Posts: 4.332 Joined: 21-November 11 From: Los Angeles Member No.: 14.398 QUOTE (CathShadow @ Oct 2 2012, 07:31 PM) You did a very good job! I liked your ideas and you had some very great moments! If you will turn down gain you will be able to get better dynamic in your playing also it sounded like your guitar was a little out of tune? Also if you would leave a little more space between phrases it will help you develop solo much smoother! Have you hear about Question and Answer technique? --------------------
 Oct 4 2012, 07:27 PM Post #16 Learning Apprentice Player Group: Members Posts: 383 Joined: 5-August 08 From: South Africa Member No.: 5.638 QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Oct 3 2012, 06:06 PM) You did a very good job! I liked your ideas and you had some very great moments! If you will turn down gain you will be able to get better dynamic in your playing also it sounded like your guitar was a little out of tune? Also if you would leave a little more space between phrases it will help you develop solo much smoother! Have you hear about Question and Answer technique?Thanks!Uhm. Im not sure?Is it the one where one person plays a bit then the other responds, back and forth? --------------------
 Oct 5 2012, 07:21 AM Post #17 Instructor Group: GMC Instructor Posts: 4.332 Joined: 21-November 11 From: Los Angeles Member No.: 14.398 QUOTE (CathShadow @ Oct 4 2012, 06:27 PM) Thanks!Uhm. Im not sure?Is it the one where one person plays a bit then the other responds, back and forth?No it is when you are pretending that it is a conversation and trying to play a phrase and than response back with the same idea Question and answer techniqueThere 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 - fourPlaying 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! --------------------
 Oct 19 2012, 07:17 AM Post #18 Learning Apprentice Player Group: Members Posts: 383 Joined: 5-August 08 From: South Africa Member No.: 5.638 Cool Thanks for the advice, I'm working on this a bit now -> We're doing a Christmas event.. and it'll come in useful there... --------------------
 Oct 19 2012, 07:49 AM Post #19 Instructor Group: GMC Instructor Posts: 4.332 Joined: 21-November 11 From: Los Angeles Member No.: 14.398 QUOTE (CathShadow @ Oct 19 2012, 06:17 AM) Cool Thanks for the advice, I'm working on this a bit now -> We're doing a Christmas event.. and it'll come in useful there...Sounds good! Let me know if you need any help with anything! --------------------

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