The class were divided into two groups for todays first session. One group were taught some further pentatonic and blues scale based licks with Andy, while the other group learnt how to solo using modes of the Major scale.
Firstly the Dorian Mode, commonly used in jazz, blues and funk. Secondly the Phrygian Mode, which is often used in metal and spanish flamenco styles.
The class took turns to each take a solo over a drum and bass backing track, using expressive soloing techniques like bends, vibrato, hammer ons, pull offs, RH tapping and ascending/descending open string pedal licks!
Our second session was dedicated to learning Deep Purple’s ‘Black Night’. The class worked together to write out the song structure, using their newly learnt skills from the previous day – counting bars and determining song sections.
The class did a fantastic job learning of ‘Black Night’ today. The track is a more difficult song to learn than ‘Summer of 69’, which uses both riffs, chords and solo spots for the brave!
After lunch the class reconvened for the afternoons performance session. The class were split, once again. into two group and took turns to rehearse ‘Black Night’ and ‘Summer of 69’ with the band.
When one half of the class were not rehearsing they took part in an ‘Introduction to Guitar Effects’ session, which covered using guitar based effects such as Delay, Reverb, Flanger, Phaser, Chorus, Wah, and Distortion.
Session 4 – Special Interest Classes
The final session of the day was a choice between two special interest classes ‘Hybrid Picking’ and ‘Introduction to Fusion’.