Day #2 | Tuesday 31st May | Classic Rock Day

Session # 3 – Free Jam

The class jammed through Clapton’s ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ in this afternoons jam session. We then learnt some top classic rock riffs:

  1. You Really Got Me – The Kinks/Van Halen
  2. Paranoid – Black Sabbath
  3. Fortunate Son – Credence Clearwater Revival
  4. Start Me Up – Rolling Stones
  5. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin

Session #2 – Style Focus

The class learnt how to play Eric Clapton’s ‘Sunshine of Your Love‘ as performed by the 60s super group Cream.

The song is based losely on a I, IV, V 12-bar structure in the key of D (D, G, A) with the additional C and G chords added to the chorus section.

Sunshine of Your Love – Eric Clapton

The main riff uses all six notes of the D minor blues scale (D, F, G, G#, A, C – see below) and posed particular challenges with the use of a double stop (playing two notes simultaneously) followed by a single note with a wide and fast vibrato.

Session #1 – Technique Expander

This morning the class worked through their warm up exercises (physical and technical) and were introduced to the minor and major pentatonic scale position system; playing the five positions of the scales in sequential order, building each position from each note of the scale (e.g. A – p1, C – p2, D – p3, E – p4, G – p5) and as a scale drill exercise; playing each position from the same fret on the neck.

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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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