Day #3 | Monday 2nd August


Morning – Technique Expander

During the morning session the Rock Apprentices learnt how to play a standard twelve-bar blues progression. This included:

  • Dominant 7th barre chords
  • Learning the Major scale
  • How to work out a blues progression in any key
  • Using the roman numeral numbering system

The class then learnt how to play Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Killing Floor’, also popularised by various other blues legends, including; Jimi Hendrix.

Check out Jimi’s awesome rendition of the song at the Monterey Pop Festival:

After the morning break the Rock Apprentices learnt how to play Green Day’s ‘Brain Stew‘, which included:

Playing through Green Day's 'Brain Stew'

Jammin’ Green Day’s ‘Brain Stew’

  • Power chords
  • Muted string scratching
  • 16th note strumming
  • Controlling a distorted guitar sound

Brain Stew – Green Day

Afternoon – Performance Class

The afternoon performance class began with a run-through the three songs we have learnt for the student showcase performance on Thursday 6th August at the University of Gloucestershire Student Union (free entry for under-18s / £5 per adult).

Ash drops in to sing vocals

Ash drops by to sing vocals

  1. The Subways – Rock & Roll Queen
  2. Green Day – Brain Stew
  3. Killing Floor – Howlin’ Wolf

The class performed the songs as a full band, and for some it was for the very first time! Ash dropped by to sing vocals on Green Day’s ‘Brain Stew‘ and Tyrian jumped on the drums later in the afternoon.

The class talked about the importance of keeping eye contact with band members, paying particular attention to the drummer. Also listening to how the drums can guide you through-out the song, especially if you have lost count of the beat and/or your place in the song!

We also discussed:

  • Aural awareness
  • Keeping time (tapping your foot etc)
  • Communication signals

With the blues track ‘Killing Floor‘ it was important to feel the push and pull (tension and release) of the twelve-bar progression, instead of religiously counting your way through the bars. Although when learning you will want to memorise how many times you play each chord.

Visualising this:

Twelve-bar blues progression

Twelve-bar blues progression

Well done to all the Rock Apprentices for such a great days playing!

Special Interest Classes

  1. Funk Guitar (Rob Harris – Jamiroquai & Jason Sidwell)
  2. Roland/Boss Loops & Tech (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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One Response to Day #3 | Monday 2nd August

  1. Pingback: Day #4 | Tuesday 3rd August « Rock Apprentice 2010 with Richard Perkins | Cheltenham Guitar Festival | University of Gloucestershire | IGF

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