Day #5: Friday 2nd September

Modern Electric Blues Guitarist Holiday 2011 - Class of 2011

Modern Electric Blues Guitarist Holiday 2011 – Class of 2011

[back] Richard, Steve, David and Oliver
[front] Richard, Chris, John and Michael

Session #1 – Technique Focus

After the morning warm ups (physical stretches and technicals: 2-4 finger, caterpillar, five positions of the minor pentatonic and minor scale) a Q&A was held before pushing on with preparing for the days end of holiday performance.

The songs chosen to perform were:

  1. Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker
  2. Red House – Jimi Hendrix
  3. Killing Floor – Howlin’ Wolf
  4. Going Down – Freddie King

Session #2 – Performance Skills/Practice

The class learnt the rhythm parts and twelve bar structures to the four chosen performance songs. The keys for these were:

1. E, 2. B, 3. A, 4. G

A number of scale options were discussed for improvising. The key point being; where does the first position of the scale start in relation to the key? Answer: The root note. i.e. If the key is A, you start the first position of the scale from fret 5 of string 6 and so on.

Session #3

After a long lunch the class jumped into the pool to cool off under the crystal clear blue skies and 28° sunshine.

Mid-afternoon pool session

Mid-afternoon pool session

Rehearsals began at 5pm in preparation for the performance later in the evening…


Evening Performance – Chris, Steve, John, Michael, Richard and Richard


High: 28° and humid/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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