We spent the mornings first session learning the remainder of the songs in the course book. First we learnt JJ Cale’s ‘Cocaine’ (also performed by Eric Clapton’s Cream).
We then played through Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love’, which led into two similar riffs that use the same three, yes three notes! These were Ocean Colour Scene’s ‘Riverboat Song’, a classic modern guitar riff in 6/8 and Gary Moore’s heavy blues rendition of ‘Walking By Myself”.
Next up was Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Purple Haze’, from the dissonant diminished intro chord and instantly identifiable lead melody to the E7#9, G, A chord rhythm part.
Our second session of the day focused on finalising the song structures for the gig and deciding which students wanted to perform solos in the songs.
We were joined by vocalist, Ian, for the afternoon performance session, completing the line up of the band for the concert performance, tomorrow! The class were divided into two groups with one perfecting their solo ideas for the songs, while the other performed with the bassists, drummer and newly recruited vocalist.
Session 4 – Special Interest Classes
Students chose to attend either a special interest class in ‘Extended Alternate Chords’ or ‘Jazz Soloing’.