During this mornings session we recapped the work covered during the course with run a through of some of the pieces performed as a group.
1. Minor blues riff
2. Walking blues
3. Deep south slow blues (slide)
Video of the day #1
Minor Blues Riff
Video of the day #2
Video of the day #3
Deep South Slow Blues
The class spent much of the day jamming together and working on their own blues pieces and arrangements. Everyone had an individual one to one with Richard and were given a 6-9 month practice plan that they could take away and make the most of the material learnt on the course.
Today is the final day of the Monsters of Rock course and the group are preparing for the student concert at the Bath Spa University student union.
We spent our first session rehearsing the structure of the songs chosen for the concert:
- ‘Summer of 69’ – Bryan Adams
- ‘Black Night’ – Deep Purple
We were scheduled to sound check at 11a.m. The class familiarised themselves with stage and organised where to stand when they perform later.
After our sound check the class regrouped and continued to rehearse the songs back in the classroom. We were joined by Catrin, our singer for Deep Purple’s ‘Black Night’.
We practised the getting on stage drill. The class lined up in order of their stage position and rehearsed walking on stage, albeit a pretend one in class.
Session 3 & 4
Rehearsing their moves!
One of the main goals of the Monsters of Rock class was to encourage students to interact with other musicians, make friends, feel confident when performing in front of new people and encourage students to take a lead role in instructing the class.
During the afternoon sessions we continued to encourage students to stand up, as a tutor, and take turns to teach the class a riff, or two. The exercise was very successful and everyone took the opportunity to take centre stage.
The class rehearse with guest singer, Mel
We began the morning by rehearsing our performance songs for the student concert, playing through ‘Run’ and Everybody Hurts’ in preparation for our two guest vocalists to join us in the afternoon sessions.
After a long practice session we broke up the morning with a session on bass lines and how to apply them to chords and melodies, with a particular focus to the classic rock riff ‘Smoke on the Water’ – Deep Purple.
Richard performs a fingerstyle arrangement of Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’
Session 3 & 4
Our afternoon sessions were one again dedicated to rehearsing the performance songs with the vocalists Mel (‘Everybody Hurts’) and Nick (‘Run’), to whom we are extremely grateful to for joining us.
International student, Avalon, practices her RH finger picking pattern to Richard’s chords: G & Em