The Modern Electric Blues Guitarist Holiday 2011

From 28th August – 3rd September 2011

This is a special opportunity to study the techniques and approaches of some of Blues Guitar’s greatest players. Explore the styles and concepts of the modern blues guitar player and enjoy an in-depth look at the blues greats of yesteryear. You will learn how to structure a blues solo and learn unique, inventive approaches to rhythm guitar.

Richard Perkins, one of the UK’s foremost Guitar educators, from the International Guitar Foundation, will help you increase your scale, chord and phrasing knowledge so you can leave this magical week with a greater confidence, and rhythm chops!

Guitar Course Video

Course Aims

During the week you will focus on developing the following key areas of your guitar playing: Strengthen your vibrato, string bends, rhythm playing, stamina and phrasing. Learn a wide range of blues progressions and structures, while expanding your chord and scale knowledge. Build your confidence by playing with other guitarists and learn to develop lead solo ideas and express yourself during the improvised jam sessions.

Course Structure

The course will consist of four hours tuition per day, broken into three daily sessions. You will also receive a 30-minute one-to-one guitar lesson with Richard. You will retrace the footsteps of the great players in the history of blues guitar. Along the way expect to cover the blues greats, including Eric Clapton, BB King, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan on a journey towards the modern playing styles of Larry Carlton, Robben Ford and Joe Bonamassa.

Teaching Methods

You will be encouraged to work together in small groups and classes will be arranged to support various areas of development and interest. It is not a formal requirement to be able to read music to attend this course. The supporting course handouts will use a mixture of tablature (with standard notation) and chord/scale diagrams with slash charts. All classes will be taught in a relaxed and supportive environment with practical demonstrations throughout.

Who is it for?

The Complete Electric Guitarist Course caters for any guitarist who has a love for the blues whether you?re a beginner with 6 months or more playing experience through to the more accomplished player looking for a challenge.


Your course tutor, Richard Perkins, will keep an online daily blog throughout your holiday that will document your daily learning with detailed explanations, photos and videos. The perfect virtual postcard for friends and family back home as well as a fantastic learning resource on your return!

What do I need to bring?

Participants will need to bring the following equipment:

  1. Guitar (acoustic or electro-acoustic and/or electric)
  2. Amplifier (available for hire)
  3. Plectrums (standard or thumb pick)
  4. Guitar Strap
  5. Spare strings
  6. Music Stand
  7. Note Pad and Pen
  8. Dictaphone, iPod, iPhone etc
  9. Headphones for use with amplification

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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