Day 3 | Wednesday 9th June

Session #1

Session #1

Session #1

This morning we played through a T-Rex inspired blues after a discussion at the dinner table last night about the similarities between ‘Cigarettes and Alcohol‘ by Oasis and ‘Bang a Gong (Bring It On)‘ by T-Rex. I have to say the jam was enjoyed by all! (Video below)

Video of the day #1!

After our morning blues jam we looked at an 8 bar blues progression with particular attention to an acoustic rendition of Gary Moore’s ‘Walking By Myself‘.

Session #2

Firstly we whipped through a simple walking bass blues (bass line: R, 3, 5, 6) with a call and response melody on alternate bars before playing through a slightly more advanced Major walking bass piece (bass line: R, 3, 5, 6, R, 6, 5, 3) with work on coordinating the RH finger style thumb and fingers.

Tom & John

Tom & John

Trish & Angela

Trish & Angela

Session #3

One to one lessons with Richard while students jam in the music room.

Session #4

The final afternoon session culminated in a dominant walking blues jam from the mornings blues piece, which included some students playing chords, others playing the bass line and Scott on solo guitar!

Video of the day #2!

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Monsters of Rock – Day 3

Session 1

The class rock out with their Satriani style open string licks!

The class rock out with their Satriani style open string licks!

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!

Session 2

The class make easy work of Deep Purple's 'Black Night'!

The class make easy work of Deep Purple's 'Black Night'!

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!

Session 3

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.

'Intro to Guitar Effects' - Class 1

'Intro to Guitar Effects' - Class 1

'Intro to Guitar Effects' - Class 2

'Intro to Guitar Effects' - Class 2

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’.

The Acoustic Apprentice – Day 3

Session 1 & 2

Richard performs a percussion session, standing on one leg!

Richard teaches a percussion session, standing on one leg!

Our morning began with a session on harmonising. This covered some basic theory about constructing major scales and harmonising the notes of the major scale in thirds and sixths. We briefly covered tenth harmony, too. For this we played through a passage of ‘Blackbird’ – The Beatles.

We continued this topic into session 2 and explored the percussive side of the acoustic guitar. Using our fingers, nails, palm and heel of our hand to create rhythms.

Session 3

We began our afternoon session working on recognising song structures and arranging multiple guitar parts for our performance songs for the student concert on Thursday evening (30th July). We focused on ‘Run’ by Snow Patrol and ‘Everybody Hurts’ by REM.

Session 4

After the break we continued our performance work and learnt an arrangement of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’, which is arranged with both bass melody and lead guitar part.

The Chain – Fleetwood Mac. Arranged and performed by Richard Perkins.