Day #1 | Monday 26th July


South West Rock Class of 2010

South West Rock Class of 2010


Morning Session – Technique Expander

During the morning session the Monsters of Rock class learnt positions 1 and 4 of the minor pentatonic scale and improvised over a static A minor rock groove. The class then worked through some of the various expressive techniques used in solos, including:

  1. Bends
  2. Slides
  3. Vibrato
  4. Hammers ons
  5. Pull offs
  6. Trills
  7. Pinched harmonics

After the break the class discussed possible songs to perform for the performance on Friday (30th July @ City of Bath College MAPA Building). The class chose to begin working on Velvet Underground’s (Slash) classic track ‘Slither’

Afternoon Session – Performance Class

In the afternoon session the Monsters of Rock class finished learning ‘Slither’ and, after working out the structure of the song, began rehearsing the song for the rest of the afternoon.

Extreme Rock

Today in class students learnt how to harmonise the Major scale and sweep pick the arpeggios, as one an exercise for technique but also to familiarise them with each chords tonal quality. There was a picking technique polish up with students learning licks in the styles of Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen and John Petrucci. To test out their modal knowledge we had several jams where the students had to change key whilst staying in the same position of the neck. We also ploughed through Ozzy Osbournes “Crazy Train”. – Tim


We started today by learning how to incorporate independence and technique into basic rock beats.  As the morning developed i was giving the students different variations on single stroke sixteenth notes, and showing them how to move them round the drum kit.

With this the students are learning how to utilise their creative ideas using a simple concept. The idea is for them to learn how the practice in a productive way bringing the technique, beats and independence and making it into one exercise.

Harry, Joe, and Lloyd are taking to its well, and I look forward to Day 2 for more Rock drums. – Tom


Listen to BBC Radio Bristol for an interview with course leader Richard Perkins today!

BBC Radio Bristol

BBC Radio Bristol


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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