Day #2: Tuesday 30th August

Session #1 – Technique Expander

Our first session started with the physical and technical exercises followed by incorporating the alternate picking pattern (down/up when ascending and up/down when descending) into the five positions of the Minor Pentatonic Scale (R b3, 4, 5 b7).

E Minor Pentatonic Scale (5 Positions)

E Minor Pentatonic Scale (5 Positions)

Session #2 – Style Focus

After tea/coffee the class began working on a David Gilmour influenced slow blues jam track in the key of D Minor (R, b3, 4, 5, b7 – D, F, G, A, C).

{| : Dm | Gm7 | Dm | Dm | Gm7 | Gm6 | Dm | Dm | Am7 | Gm7 | Dm | Dm : |}

We experimented with the feel of the progression, playing straight 4/4 time (common time) and freely arpeggiated chords in 6/8 and 12/8 time.

Session #3 – Performance Skills

After a long lunch the class practiced their Gilmour inspired slow blues progression. The emphasis of the first half of the session hinged on target tones (R, b3, 5, b7) with in the Minor Pentatonic Scale over the I, IV and V chords (Dm, Gm and Am).

The group then split up into small ensembles and took turns to accompany each other taking turns to play rhythm and lead.


High: 27° and sunny


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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