Day #1 | Monday 30th May | Blues Day

Session #3 – Free Jam

This afternoons session was a free jam session playing over over the Texas rock style blues track, employing the techniques and soloing concepts learnt in this morning technique expander and style focus session.

The class also played through a BB King style slow blues track in B minor; think ‘The Thrill Is Gone’. This slow blues style used an altered 12-bar sequence (see below) from the standard (I, IV, V) progression.

BB King Style Blues

Session #2 – Style Focus

The class learnt how to play in a Texas rock style blues in the second morning session. The blues track in A was reminiscent of ZZ Top or Joe Satriani’s ‘Big Bad Moon‘ and followed the standard 12-bar structure (A, D, E).

Texas Rock Blues Style

The class fielded questions about scales, riffs, licks and slide soling ideas and techniques.

Session #1 – Technique Expander

Our first session this morning was focused on warm up exercises, both physical and technical. The class were introduced to the ideas and concepts that can revolutionalise a guitar player’s playing with some very basic rules:

  • Thumb in centre of neck
  • Arch fingers
  • Use finger tips
  • Alternate picking (down/up & up/down)
  • Playing with a metronome/drum track

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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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