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Pavel Fomenkov

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Pavel Fomenkov
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For the last 5 years, I've been recording quality guitar lessons mainly on Mark Knopfler's songs. But a lot of miscellaneous stuff, too. I try to make the best videos that I can and describe it as "to record in Full HD, I must play in Full HD". My goal is to create the absolute best guitar lessons for the songs of Mark Knopfler. I'm not so sure about other artists, but for MK, I always do my best.
Mark Knopfler Songbook website: https://mksongbook.com
If you want a custom tier, drop me an email. My electronic mail: fffoma@gmail.com
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Jul 29 17:14
What A Wonderful World by Chris Botti & Mark Knopfler is a masterpiece of arrangement
I had so much to say about Mark’s wonderful version of “What A Wonderful World”, that made a 25-minute video about it. And I wanted to do this video for years. Hopefully, that’s not too tedious for my viewers, but to everyone who will watch the whole thing — thank you, I really mean that. Pavel.
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Jul 18 17:41
Another solo breakdown, this time — “You And Your Friend” from On The Night live DVD. On the surface, it seems like a simple blues, but the classic Knopfler touch makes it so hard to play right. Especially the “crying” parts, where Mark uses the volume pedal to turn the guitar into a second voice. But either way, I tried my best to explain what is happening in this solo. It’s only the 4th solo I’ve discussed so far, but already it’s too much fun! Pavel.
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Jul 10 20:16
“Seattle” is song #85 in MKSB. Not an advanced song, at last! “Seattle” is a great slow ballad that grows on you, one may not appreciate it after first listen. But once you get in a certain mood and it starts to resonate with you, it feels so good to play it. Not the most popular song in Mark’s catalog, but it deserves to be on my list. As with any other MK song, haha. I hope you enjoy it and thanks for watching! Pavel.
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Jul 07 09:48
Update
Thanks to your support, I'm able to continue working on my channel. A week ago, I held my first proper live stream ever and it was a blast. I loved it! I plan to do more of these because I have A LOT to say, as always. Building a live set-up set me back a couple of thousand dollars and took a couple of weeks, but I think it was worth it. So not only do I have now my usual MKSB videos, but also solo breakdowns, and live streams, and I want to do custom videos too. And probably even private lessons, why not? So finally, I'm going to give you back what you've donated over the years. I'm working more than ever, so hopefully, I'll be able to upload more regularly, though it never was my strength. Quality over quantity, love over gold! All I need to do is to keep working. Pavel.
P.S. In the live stream, somebody mentioned sending me a Diamond slide that Mark Knopfler himself plays. That would be a genuine honor for me. We can discuss that in my email, for any questions mail me at fffoma@gmail.com | For donations, you can use https://www.donationalerts.com/r/pavelfomenkov
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Jun 08 18:39
Brothers In Arms | MK Solo Breakdown | On The Night Version | TAB
New video: “Brothers In Arms” — On The Night solos. After the recording, as always, I noticed a plethora of mistakes, from microscopic to big ones. The biggest mistake I made is thinking that the last fast run is exactly the same as the run Mark played before, but it is not. And the funny thing is, I actually tabbed it out how it was supposed to sound, but still played it wrong. Now, here’s my take on it. You can spend a million years transcribing just one solo, and will eventually play it right, probably, but if you’re not going forward, you’ll never have time to do anything else. Should I feel bad for this big mistake? No, I don’t think so. I fear not the man who has learned one solo 10,000 times, but I fear the man who has learned 10,000 solos. I will make mistakes because I’m a human being and not a robot. I don’t want to re-record my videos because of little greenies like that because you take one mistake out and another one immediately appears from somewhere else. That’s why I hesitated to record solos for so long. Not only because I don’t have enough equipment, but because it’s so hard to master and there is a lot more character that’s going on compared to playing rhythm. It’s not how learning solos should work anyway. All, and I mean — all your guitar heroes never learn complete solos, ever. They steal little bits that they like and apply them in their own playing. So these solos videos are for “entertainment purposes only”, don’t take them too seriously, and learn from my mistakes as well, not only from my playing. We are brothers in arms. Pavel.

P.S. I’m actually partly right because that fast run is really VERY similar to another fast run, the difference is a matter of a couple of notes. The problem is that it’s not the same. But, it’s another testament to Mark Knopfler’s virtuosity, he never plays the same thing twice as any good improviser should.
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May 31 17:05
Now it’s the rhythm guitar part of “Speedway At Nazareth”. You know if your favorite MK song doesn’t appear on my channel is either because I still never tried to play it, or I played it and was astonished by its complexity. I wanted to do Speedway for a long time but always put it away. Now, having covered the solo part, I figured why not discuss the rhythm now. The stars must’ve aligned, lols. It’s a hard part, but also very “approachable” as well. There are levels and levels you can go deeper and deeper with this song. Starting with just outlining the chords, which is already a big endeavor since there are so many chords and variations, around 20 shapes and voicings. Then it’s strumming, starting with simple two beats strumming, then a more complex strumming, then picking. Then combining picking and strumming. Then learning the solo. I mean, it’s the whole world on its own, and with two videos, clocking in at 30+ minutes, I only started to, attempted to figure it out. It’s an iceberg! But don’t be the Titanic. Pavel.
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May 26 20:08
Speedway At Nazareth | MK Solo Breakdown | Real Live Roadrunning Version | TAB
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May 17 17:48
Water Of Love | Mark Knopfler Songbook
Part 2 of my "Water Of Love" experience, where I talk about rhythm guitar. Playing solos is nice, but the best experience for me always has been and always will be playing rhythm, so I'll continue to dive into it more and more. This song is so simple, and yet, so captivating, that's the beauty of Mark's early songwriting. Fewer chords, fewer notes, but a lot of feel and atmosphere. Pavel.
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May 09 17:37
The Bug Solo
The Bug Solo time! I break down the amazing solo from On The Night DVD, which I loved listening to for 15 years, but never played it. With this solo, I launch an entirely new section of The Mark Knopfler Songbook as I never discussed solos before. Now I do. This is even more challenging than playing Mark's songs, but I think I also have something to say about it. And I'll play everything on my Squier Mini, the cheapest electric guitar you can get, and on my Mustang Micro amp, the cheapest amp you can get. I think this is just another dimension of complexity! Pavel.
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May 04 23:25
Update
Got sick again, so missed recording last weekend. Hopefully, will be ready soon. Every time I want to record something that I want to share the most, something would stop me, haha. So I keep working as always and wait for a moment to share things. Pavel.
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