Day #3: Wednesday 31st August

Session #1 – Technique Expander

The class extended their warm ups to include two and four finger caterpillar exercises, the five minor pentatonic scale box shapes and now the five positions of the minor scale (Aeolian mode).

To help visualise the minor scale shape(s) it is useful to remember that the minor pentatonic scale can be used as a frame work from which the minor scale can be memorised also (example below).

Minor Scale with Minor Pentatonic Scale framework overlayed

Minor Scale with Minor Pentatonic Scale framework overlayed

Session #2 – Style Focus

After the tea/coffee break the class learnt a Stevie Ray Vaughan style Texas blues shuffle in the key of E (I, IV, V – E, A, B).

{| : E | E | E | E | A | A | E | E | B | A | E | E : |}

The progression used two basic chord shapes; a Dom7#9 and a Dom7 (1st inversion), which were commonly used by SRV in this style.

SRV shapes: Dom7#9 and Dom7 (1st Inv) chords

SRV shapes: Dom7#9 and Dom7 (1st Inv) chords

Using the progression (above) you can simply substitute any of the chords (E, A or B) for the two chords (Dom7#9 and Dom7 (1st Inv)). For example, when you would play an A chord you can choose to play the Dom7 (1st Inv) chord in its place to great effect.

Session #3 – Performance Skills

The third session of the day was held at 6pm to allow students time to relax and consolidate what they had learnt in the first few days of the holiday. Some students visited Cognac and others lazed beside the pool.

The class gathered outside for the evening session bathed in glorious sunshine and jammed through the blues styles learnt this week so far.


High: 25° and humid


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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