Day #1: Monday 29th August

Session #1 – Technique Expander

The mornings first session started with an introduction about the course from Richard before the class learnt about physical warm up exercises for guitar players; an important element of a practice routine for any prolonged length of playing.

The first technical warm up exercise of the day covered the use of alternate picking, correct pick grip and fretting hand posture and placement – using the truss rod chamber as a guide for thumb location.

Session #2 – Style Focus

After coffee/tea break the class learnt the theory and structure behind the most basic twelve bar blues progression and how to construct the I, IV, V (A, D, E) chords built from the harmonised A Major scale (A, B , C#, D, E, F#, G#).

Standard Twelve Bar Blues Progress:

{| : A | A | A | A | D | D | A | A | E | D | A | E : |}

Session #3 – Performance Session

After a long lunch the class reconvened at the music room for the afternoon performance session. This session continued on from the mornings twelve bar class focusing on horn stab rhythm parts that would accompany a band with keys, walking bass line and soloist in a New Orleans style.

Weather

High: 26° and sunny

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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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