SOUTH WEST ROCKS 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:
- Hammers ons
- Pull offs
- 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.
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
MEET THE CLASS
Listen to BBC Radio Bristol for an interview with course leader Richard Perkins today!