Day #2 | Tuesday 27th July


Morning Session – Technique Expander

During the morning session the Monsters of Rock class learnt some new chord shapes. These included:

Lawrence & Frank

Lawrence & Frank

  1. Major / Minor
  2. Power chords
  3. Dominant 7
  4. Altered Dominant 7
  5. Major 7 #11
  6. Diminished

This exercise was then expanded into an A Dominant Blues Jam where the class learnt a descending turnaround and used their minor pentatonic licks and expressive techniques from Day #1. The group then rehearsed Velvet Revolver’s ‘Slither’ with vocalist Patrick.

The Monsters of Rock class hard at work!

The Monsters of Rock class hard at work!

Afternoon Session – Performance Class

Over lunch the class had formed bands – drums, guitars & vocals. They chose band names and will be working on their image and band logo over the next few days. Each band will be performing a medley of classic rock riffs and a full band cover version of a classic rock hit! Some students also began writing their own songs for the performance.

In the final session of the day the Monsters of Rock class had a chance to learn some classic rock moves and poses!

Video to follow!

Extreme Rock

Extreme Rock

Extreme Rock

– Salsa and Bossa Nova rhythms using stripped down Jazz chords and progressions ( 2-5-1 / 3-6-2-5-1 )

– Chord theory ( learning how to work out chord intervals and shapes from the chord name )

– We learnt ” Why ” by Joe Satriani



Today the drumming went a stage forward.

We looked at:

Llyod Howell

Llyod Howell

– sixteenths note hand patterns, with ghost notes

– samba and funk bass drum patterns

– basic 3 against 4 polyrhythmic ideas

– 4 way coordination

We brought all of these elements into the platform from day one, and moved them around the drum kit.  This encouraged the students to think of beats in new creative ways! which worked well. Well done to the drummers! and Bring on Day 3! – Tom


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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