Alec Fehl

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Legato Study #2 (Melodic Power Rock)

This study is primarily in C melodic minor, but uses some non-diatonic chords and borrows from C harmonic minor to add movement and interest. The piece is basically two sections with section A repeated at the end with a slight variation. The tab is six pages, but...

Outside Picking Study #2 (metal)

This outside picking study in A harmonic minor is carefully composed so that every string cross is accomplished with outside picking - so pay close attention to the pick strokes in the tab. The piece starts on a downstroke and is alternate picked from there. Section A...

Outside Picking Study #1 (Ska)

This outside picking study in A harmonic minor is carefully composed so that every string cross is accomplished with outside picking - so pay close attention to the pick strokes in the tab. The piece starts on a downstroke and is alternate picked from there. Bar 4...

Inside Picking Study #1 (70’s Progressive Rock)

This inside picking study - as the name implies - crosses every string change with an inside picking motion (as opposed to outside pick strokes). Extra credit if you can figure out what Kansas song I was listening to when I wrote this.Styles

Shreddy Solo in E Phrygian op. 1

This advanced solo focuses on shred techniques such as fast alternate picking and legato runs. It's in E Phrygian (C major), but includes a non-diatonic B7 chord which pulls the tonality towards E harmonic minor for a few bars. Scale usage includes C major (to create...

Inside/Outside Picking Study #1 (Bluegrass)

This inside-outside picking study will force you to become intimately aware of approaching a string from the inside or outside, so minor adjustments to your picking hand's wrist and thumb bends will be required. The arrangement for this piece features a 16 bar blues...

Legato Study #1 (Pop Punk)

This legato study has a pretty cool melody with a nice dynamic octave change at the bridge. As with any legato, the challenge is to play it perfectly in time. It's not particularly fast, but maintaining equal durations across all 8th notes will take practice. Adding...

Alec Fehl

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I started playing guitar when I was 6 years old, but didn’t really get serious until high school. I started lessons learning my open chords and how to read music. Eventually, I learned a few scales and then started learning my favorite songs and solos. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1989, moved to Los Angeles where I gigged for about 10 years, and finally settled in Asheville, North Carolina where I teach guitar, play in bands, teach computer programming/hardware, and write computer text books. I’m grateful to Peter Marks (my first guitar teacher from 6 years old through junior high) and Bob Loiacano (my guitar teacher through high school). They provided a great foundation on which I have built my musical life. Thanks guys. Good teachers are important!

Learning to read music early and teaching computer programming have taught me how important the fundamentals are. Learning your chords, basic music theory, and how to read both tab and standard notation set the groundwork for being able to use scales, play songs, and make music. Learn your chords kids. Open chords, CAGED chords, barre chords, ‘jazz chords’, … Everything – I mean everything – revolves around chords!

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Lessons

I teach online via Skype and Facetime or in person through the Asheville Music School. Due to COVID-19, I am currently only teaching online.

Jam Tracks

While the studies are composed and transcribed pieces of music, the Jam Tracks are for you to practice improvisation skills. Use those scales and arpeggios you’ve been practicing to improvise.

Studies

Studies apply what you’ve learned in lessons to musical ideas. Playing scales and exercises with a metronome certainly has value, but come on! You’ve got to use what you know to make music!

Old Stuff

Everyone starts somewhere. Playing music is a lifelong journey of constant learning and improvement. I think it’s comforting to know that not everyone became a great player overnight. It takes years to hone musical chops and ideas. So here’s part of my journey starting from when I became serious about the guitar.