The Acoustic Apprentice – Day 3

Session 1 & 2

Richard performs a percussion session, standing on one leg!

Richard teaches a percussion session, standing on one leg!

Our morning began with a session on harmonising. This covered some basic theory about constructing major scales and harmonising the notes of the major scale in thirds and sixths. We briefly covered tenth harmony, too. For this we played through a passage of ‘Blackbird’ – The Beatles.

We continued this topic into session 2 and explored the percussive side of the acoustic guitar. Using our fingers, nails, palm and heel of our hand to create rhythms.

Session 3

We began our afternoon session working on recognising song structures and arranging multiple guitar parts for our performance songs for the student concert on Thursday evening (30th July). We focused on ‘Run’ by Snow Patrol and ‘Everybody Hurts’ by REM.

Session 4

After the break we continued our performance work and learnt an arrangement of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’, which is arranged with both bass melody and lead guitar part.

The Chain – Fleetwood Mac. Arranged and performed by Richard Perkins.

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