Day #4 | Tuesday 3rd August


Morning – Technique Expander

During this mornings session the Rock Apprentices learnt licks using the minor pentatonic and minor blues scales.

Minor Pentatonic Scale

Minor Pentatonic Scale

Minor Blues Scale

Minor Blues Scale

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.

Target Tones - Minor Pentatonic Scale (I, IV, V)

Target Tones – Minor Pentatonic Scale (I, IV, V)

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’.

Later, the bassists had a private one to one lesson with Phil Mann. [Phil on YouTube]. The guitarists had a choice between the following classes:

Special Interest Classes

  1. Expand your chord knowledge (J Scaramanga)
  2. Odd Time Signatures (Tolis)
  3. Minor Modal Playing for Blues, Rock & Jazz (Jim Clark)
  4. IGF Rock Guitar Orchestra (Richard Perkins)

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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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