Day 1 | Monday 7th June

Session #1

Session #1

Session #1

Excellent first session – An introduction to the blues including; twelve bar blues structure (I, IV, V), blues harmony – Major, Minor, Dominant, the blues scale, chord tones, scale tones, call and response, expressive techniques – hammer-ons, pull-offs, trills, bends and slides.

Session #2

Session #2

Session #2

Session two began with a look into chord voicings using the ‘CAGED’ system, with particular attention to the ‘D’ shape and ‘A’ shape dominant 7 chord shapes. We then moved on to the ‘C’ and ‘A’ shaped voicings in the key of E before a delicious lunch.

Session #3

During session 3 I asked the group to pair up and head out in to the sunshine, or under one of the many cherry trees for some shade, and to arrange a blues track.

Tom & Paul

Tom & Paul

Trish & Scott

Trish & Scott

Angela & John

Angela & John

The group

The class jamming

Session #4

The group were keen to focus some attention on chord scale relationships. Our main focus for today was a dominant blues in the key of E so the group learnt how dominant 7 chords related to the mixolydian mode and the later dominant 7 arpeggio.

Session #4

Session #4

The class

The class practicing

Video of the day

The class began today with a ‘Blues in E’, here is a short clip from session #2.

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Monsters of Rock – Day 1

Monsters of Rock – Class of 2009

Monsters of Rock - Class of 2009

Monsters of Rock - Class of 2009

Session 1

After class registration and a run through the house rules, the class began working on their rhythm chops using the ‘Hendrix’ chord, an E7#9, over a drum and bass backing track, demonstrating their soloing skills using the E minor pentatonic scale.

Session 2

An attentive class of rockers!

An attentive class of rockers!

After the break the class ran though a ‘caterpillar’ warm up exercise, designed to strengthen the fingers and build coordination between right and left hands.

This led into Jimi Henrix’s rendition of ‘Hey Joe’, which uses a chromatic walking bass line riff following the chord pattern. We then learnt the fourth box shape position of the minor pentatonic scale. Soloing, once again, over an E7#9 vamp.

Session 3

The afternoon sessions are designed to focus on performance skills. We began working on two of the songs that will be performed as part of an instrumedley at the student concert on Friday (7th August 2009). These were AC/DC’s ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ and Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Crazy Train’.

Session 4 – Special Interest Classes

Todays final session was a choice between two special interest classes ‘Introduction to Alternate Picking’ and ‘Hybrid Pentatonics’.

The Acoustic Apprentice – Day 1

Session 1

Heather

Heather playing RH harmonics

We began the session by tuning our instruments. This led to the first topic of the day – Tuning your guitar using harmonics.

Once we had tuned up we covered RH harmonics following the shape of the chord in the LH (see photo right). This included simple minor 11 and E-shape barre chords.

Session 2

Rob working on 'Go To Sleep'

Rob working on 'Go To Sleep'

We continued our work on chords into session 2, covering standard open chords followed by enriched chord voicings i.e. Em6, Em9 and Em6/9 and so on. We then briefly played through the James Bond Theme.

After a question about time signatures, mixed with moving open chords up and down the fret board, we covered Radiohead’s ‘Go To Sleep’. This involved moving around a ‘G’ shaped chord in a 10/8 time signature!

They ask the questions, I supply the answers!

Session 3

Geoff playing through the chords

Geoff playing through the chords

After a break for lunch we began work on the REM song ‘Everybody Hurts’. This song involves a simple RH picking pattern over the chords of D, G, Em, A, Am, C, Bm and F# in a 6/8 time signature.

Session 4

We began work on a generic blues piece in the key of E. The piece is built around a repetitive blues riff with lick based embellishments using a variety of blues techniques – bends, slides, hammer-on and hammer-offs.