We began the first session with a recap on recognising song structures and with the student concert two days away we decided on the two full songs we are going to perform:
- Everybody Hurts – REM
- Run – Snow Patrol
Rob, a returning student to the class from last years course, has put himself forward to play an unaccompanied performance of ‘Blackbird’ – The Beatles.
Rob performs his rendition of The Beatles ‘Blackbird’
We began session 2 with a look at altered tunings. We dropped our 6th string (Thick E string) down to a D note to produce the tuning: DADGBE, commonly known a dropped D tuning. This allowed us to play one finger barre chords and experiment with blues riffs using a slide.
After lunch we regrouped with our sights set on learning a new song ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out) – Radiohead.
In preparation for this song, which is arranged for finger picking guitar as opposed to the original that was played with a plectrum, we played through some practice finger picking patterns to warm up.
We focused our attention back to our performance songs for the final session of the day.
Students Rob and Heather practice REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’