Day #2 | Sunday 1st August


Morning – Technique Expander

The morning began with a session on practice techniques, useful applications and planning an effective and efficient practice schedule. The class worked through the following:

  • Two finger exercises (1-2, 1-3, 1-4)
  • Three finger exercises (1-2-4, 1-3-4)
  • Four finger exercises (1-2-3-4)
  • Alternate picking practice
  • Thumb/finger placement
  • Ascending/descending patterns
Warm Up Exercises

Warm Up Exercises

Download the full warm up exercise sheet here: Warm Up Exercises – Level 1

The class also worked through some stretching and physical warm up exercises. This included:

Stretches and warm up class

Stretches and warm up class

Upper body warm up

  • Gently shaking your hands/arms/upper body
  • Circling your shoulders/arms
  • Stretching your arms/shoulders

Hand & wrist warm up

  • Rolling your wrists
  • Stretching your forearm muscles
  • Stretching your fingers
  • Star jumps for fingers!

After the morning break the class began working on power chords and even-eighth-note palm muted strumming. The class then began learning The Subways song ‘Rock & Roll Queen‘.

Power chord chops

Power chord chops

Afternoon – Performance Class

After lunch the class continued working on The Subways song ‘Rock & Roll Queen‘, learning the various song sections, rhythms and chord progressions. The session was supported with an insight into song forms and how to work out song sections. This included:

The bassists

The bassists

  • Intro
  • Verse
  • Pre-chorus
  • Chorus
  • Bridge
  • Middle 8
  • Outro

The Bon Jovi song ‘Livin’ On A Prayer‘ was used to give an example of a great pre-chorus. Have a listen yourself:

The pre-chorus is so strong that it could almost be mistaken as a chorus!

Special Interest Classes

The class then had a choice between the following special interest classes:

  1. Blues to Rock Licks (Jonny Scaramanga)
  2. Fusion Concepts (John Wheatcroft)
  3. Rock to Jazz, Outside the Box (Alex Hutchings)

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About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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