Day #1 ~ Monday 2nd July 2012

After a lovely meet and greet on Sunday evening followed by a delicious meal, the first morning descended upon us with many students swapping the suits, shirts and polished shoes for shorts, t-shirts and sunglasses. The day was warming up nicely with some beautiful rays of sunshine breaking through the picturesque sky and bellies full of croissant, fresh French bread and morning coffee.

Morning Session

Warm Up Session

Physical Warm Up Session – Preparing Our Bodies

After warming up with both physical and technical exercises the group looked at the 12-bar blues progression and some of the different ways in which the blues progression can be embellished with both chord voicing and structure. We looked at the following:

12-bar blues (no frills!)

|| :  A  |  A  |  A  |  A  |  D  |  D  |  A  |  A  |  E  |  E  |  A  |  A  : ||

Traditional 12-bar blues

|| :  A  |  D  |  A  |  A  |  D  |  D  |  A  |  A  |  E  |  D  |  A  |  A  : ||

12-bar blues (embellished harmony)

|| :  A  |  D  |  A  |  A7  |  D  |  D  |  A  |  A7  |  E7  |  D7  |  A  |  E7  : ||

Need The Blues So Bad!

 || :  A  |  D  |  A  |  A7  |  D  |  Ebdim  |  A  F#7 |  Bm7 E7  |  A  D  |  A  E  : ||

 We also looked at some interchangeable alternate endings:

1. ||  A  F#m  |  Bm  E7  ||  2. ||  A  D  |  A  E7  ||  3.  ||  F  |  E  ||

Afternoon Session

The Blues & Beyond 2012

The Blues & Beyond 2012

After a delicious lunch the class broke up into small groups and jammed the mornings work. This included playing in the style of Peter Green’s ‘Need Your Love So Bad’.


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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