Morning – Technique Expander
During this mornings session the Rock Apprentices learnt licks using the minor pentatonic and minor blues scales.
The class learnt licks that can be used in nearly all genres of music. We worked on the blues.
After the morning break the Rock Apprentices started to learn how to construct a guitar solo using the minor pentatonic scale, using target tones.
The class played solos that traced the root notes of the chords in a minor twelve-bar blues progression (see Day #3 blog post and image above).
This idea of playing, targeting the root of each chord, allowed the Rock Apprentices to work on their aural skills and focus their attention on creating tension – by using notes that were not the root but with in the minor pentatonic scale – and resolution – using the root notes of the chord as the target root notes, where the phrase or lick would feel that it had ‘come home’.
Afternoon – Performance Class
After lunch the Rock Apprentices were once again joined by Ash for a run-through Green Day’s ‘Brain Stew’. The class then rehearsed The Subways ‘Rock & Roll Queen’.
Special Interest Classes
- Expand your chord knowledge (J Scaramanga)
- Odd Time Signatures (Tolis)
- Minor Modal Playing for Blues, Rock & Jazz (Jim Clark)
- IGF Rock Guitar Orchestra (Richard Perkins)
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