In part one (1 of 2) of this guitar lesson series, renowned Austrian guitarist Alex Machacek shows you how to effectively practice scales, so that you can create fresh sounds and connect your improvisations seamlessly through chord changes. Alex breaks down his method of isolating elements, using restrictions and working in zones so you can creatively choose your notes instead of being boxed in by generic patterns. If you want to break free of your repetitive vocabulary and connect your ideas throughout a solo, this guitar masterclass is for you. NOTE: You can purchase both videos in this series at a discount here!
Topics Covered: Guitar, Practicing Scales, Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone, Isolating Strings, Using String Sets, Connecting Scales Through Chord Changes, Relating Soloing to Chords, Seeing New Voicings, Mini Positions, Permutations, Exercises, Zones, Etc.
Alex Machacek was born and raised in Austria and moved to Los Angeles in 2004.
He studied Jazz guitar and Jazz Education at the Conservatory in Vienna and completed 2 semesters at Berklee College of Music, Boston.
While still in Austria, Machacek was named Guitar Newcomer for 1998 in a European guitar competition and the following year debuted as a leader with “Featuring Ourselves”.
Very soon after this he began working with Terry Bozzio which materialized in BPM’s “Delete and Roll” followed by OutTrio’s “Live in Austin” DVD (with Bozzio and Patrick O’Hearn).
After his move to the U.S., Alex Machacek soon became one of the first recording artists on the Abstract Logix label and has since released:
“[sic]” – featuring Terry Bozzio
“Improvision” (with Matt Garrison and Jeff Sipe)
“The Official Triangle Sessions” (with Neal Fountain and Jeff Sipe)
“24 Tales” featuring Marco Minneman
“FAT” – Fabulous Austrian Trio – with Raphael Preuschl and Herbert Pirker
“Now” Gary Husband&Alex Machacek
His solo releases have received accolades such as:
“Alex Machacek’s music starts where other music ends” – John McLaughlin
“You guys are f***ing nuts” – Allan Holdsworth
“I totally lost it when I heard Donna Lee – Easy Viennese Teenage Version. This is the most refreshing recording that I’ve heard in the last several years.” – Shawn Lane
Besides his own releases he has played and/or recorded with: Eddie Jobson’s UKZ, Planet X, Virgil Donati Band, CAB, The Scott Kinsey Group, Gary Husband, Jimmy Johnson, Hadrien Feraud, John Wetton, Tony Levin, to name a few.
Currently, Alex Machacek also teaches at GIT in Hollywood.