Day 4 | Thursday 10th June

Session #1

Session #1

Session #1

This morning we looked at harmonising the major scale in thirds and sixths. We played through two simple blues pieces (key of E and G) with a static root note (I, IV, V – E, A, B) and a melody harmonised in thirds.

Video of the Day!

Session #2

Session #2

Session #2

During our mid-morning session we looked at a slow major blues, similar in style to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s track ‘Lenny‘. We also spent some time learning various extended chord voicings for Major, Minor and Dominant chords including; 6, 7, 9, 11 and 13 chords.

Session #3

Session #3

Session #3

After a wonderful lunch of couscous salad, barbecued sardines and a delicious apple, ginger biscuit and yogurt dessert we settled back into our afternoon session. We took a look using a slide in the dropped D tuning (D-A-D-G-B-E) and after a deep south blues jam we decided to end the day early to soak up the sunshine beside the pool and do some individual practice.

Car Update

Ce n'est pas grande chose

Ce n’est pas grande chose

Yes! My car is off to the garage because it will not start. Driving back to England may prove to be a little adventure. Fingers crossed for an inexpensive repair bill tomorrow.

Weather Watch

Partly Cloudy

Monsters of Rock – Day 4

Session 1

Ed, Lewis and Harry show a 'Whole Lotta Love'

Ed, Lewis and Harry show a 'Whole Lotta Love'

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.

Session 2

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.

Song structures and solo cues!

Song structures and solo cues!

Session 3

Harry perfects his solo in Deep Purple's 'Black Knight'

Harry perfects his solo in Deep Purple's 'Black Night'

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’.

The Acoustic Apprentice – Day 4

Session 1

We began the first session with a recap on recognising song structures and with the student concert two days away we decided  on the two full songs we are going to perform:

  1. Everybody Hurts – REM
  2. Run – Snow Patrol

Rob, a returning student to the class from last years course, has put himself forward to play an unaccompanied performance of ‘Blackbird’ – The Beatles.

Rob performs his rendition of The Beatles ‘Blackbird’

Session 2

We began session 2 with a look at altered tunings. We dropped our 6th string (Thick E string) down to a D note to produce the tuning: DADGBE, commonly known a dropped D tuning. This allowed us to play one finger barre chords and experiment with blues riffs using a slide.

Session 3

The class practice hard!

The class practice hard!

After lunch we regrouped with our sights set on learning a new song ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out) – Radiohead.

In preparation for this song, which is arranged for finger picking guitar as opposed to the original that was played with a plectrum, we played through some practice finger picking patterns to warm up.

Session 4

We focused our attention back to our performance songs for the final session of the day.

Students Rob and Heather practice REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’