The morning session began with the physical warm ups; hand, wrist, arm and full-body stretches, followed by the technical exercises, including; the five positions of the minor pentatonic scale and how to play them across the next in a single key, and how to find the root know within each postion shape!
After the mid-morning coffee break the class learnt ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’ as performed by Albert King.
Born Under A Bad Sign – Albert King
The song, written by Booker T and William Bell, was recorded by the Stax in-house band, Booker T and the MG’s with Albert King on lead vocals / lead guitar in Memphis, Tennessee, and found itself on the 1967 album of the same name.
The track is based around a twelve-bar blues progression in the key of C#:
|| : C#7 | C#7 | C#7 | C#7 | F#7 | F#7 | C#7 | C#7 | G#7 | F#7 | C#7 | C#7 : ||
There were numerous cover versions during the late-sixties, including; Eric Clapton’s Cream, Jimi Hendrix and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and then later by blues maestro Robben Ford on his 1988 album ‘Talk To Your Daughter’.
The temperature was up into the late-twenties degrees centigrade so after lunch some students took a dip in the pool as others jammed the mornings featured track. Later the students headed to the local bar and others stayed back and continued to jam.