Day 2 | Tuesday 8th June

Session 1

Session #1

Session #1

This mornings session began with a recap of yesterdays final session on the Mixolydian mode and the chords built from the scale – Dom7 through Dom13.

We started to learn a simple blues riff using both riffs and call and response licks, which will carry us in to session #2 later this morning.

Session #2

Session #2

Session #2

We looked at octave shapes to locate and unlock the notes on the fret board, which was a perfect link to the ‘CAGED’ chord shapes and Mixolydian mode work done previously.

We also completed the blues riff and the class performed it for video (below).

Video of the day!

Afternoon jam session

Afternoon jam session

Sessions #3 & #4

During the afternoon sessions the students booked themselves in for a 30 minute one to one lesson with Richard, focusing on specific areas of learning unique to each individual student.┬áThe remainder of the group had a collective jam and rehearsed their morning blues tunes – Blues riff #1 and blues in A.

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Monsters of Rock – Day 2

Session 1

Wilf and Danny, on bass guitar, rehearse 'Summer of 69'

Wilf and Danny, on bass guitar, rehearse 'Summer of 69'

We began the days first session with a look into connecting together the five pentatonic positions. We worked on a number of soloing ideas over an A power chord backing track using the minor pentatonic scale.

We focused on developing vibrato technique using the first and third fingers of our fretting hand. We also used slides, bends, hammer ons, hammer offs and some right hand tapping ideas – for fun!

Session 2 & 3

During session 2 the class worked on the Bryan Adam’s hit ‘Summer of 69’, learning the four main sections of the song; verse, chorus, bridge and middle 8. The afternoon session (3) was our performance session, which involved, for the first time for many students, performing alongside a bassist and drummer in a band format.

Miles rocks out with his power chords!

Miles rocks out with his power chords!

The class was divided into two groups and both took turns to perform with the band while the other group were learning how to recognise song structures, forms and key changes.

Session 4 – Special Interest Classes

Todays final session was a special interest class dedicated to covering the Rockschool Awards. A vocational award that students can choose to be assessed for on the final day of the rock camp. The award is designed to reward students for their progress on their instrument, whether it be on guitar, bass or drums.

The Acoustic Apprentice – Day 2

Session 1

Rob practices strumming his rhythms

Rob practices strumming his rhythms

Today we began our first session working on reading chord charts and recognising common notation symbols – repeats, slash charts and rhythm notation. This led us on to standard chord progressions found in popular music with a focus on recognising cadences – specifically the perfect candence (V7 to the I) with an emphasis on developing aural skills.

Session 2

Our second session continued on the chord theme, integrating ‘sus2’ and ‘sus4’ chords into chord sequences. A great example of this was the use of the ‘sus4’ chord in The Who’s ‘Pinball Wizard’.

Heather learns 'Pinball Wizard'

Heather learns 'Pinball Wizard'

Session 3

After lunch we started learning Snow Patrol’s ‘Run’. This song uses a simple, but affective, even eighth note rhythm pattern played with down strums over the chords of C, G, Am and F.

Session 4

The Spider Exercise

The Spider Exercise

Our final session of the day began with a subject discussed over a cup of tea – building finger strength. We covered two exercises 1. The Caterpillar and 2. The Spider.

We then continued our study on acoustic blues with a major style blues in the key of E. This piece included a walking bass line and harmonised lines using thirds and sixths.