Day #1 | Sussex Rocks 2014 | Monsters Of Rock with Richard Perkins

sussex-rocks-2013-logoDay 1 of Sussex Rocks Summer School began with a meet and greet getting to know you session. Students introduced themselves to the group and discussed songs to learn during the week in readiness for the performance on Friday (1st August).

Songs discussed included: ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’ by Slade, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana, and ‘Can’t Stop’ by Red Hot Chilli Peppers, among others.

During the morning session the guitarists learned how to play ‘Smoke On The Water’ by Deep Purple; the correct way.

Intro Riff: ‘Smoke On The Water’ by Deep Purple

What more can be said about the most famous riff in all of rock?!


In the afternoon session students gathered in groups to begin rehearsing their chosen songs. Check out Sussex Rocker, Archie, who learned how to play ‘Smoke On The Water’ today!



This year we have 6 drummers at Sussex Rocks, all with a great variety of abilities and styles. This gives us a brilliant opportunity for everyone to learn something new. Today we concentrated on drum solo’s. We looked at how to construct a solo, and what is needed to make a great drum solo.


Later this week there will be a drum battle where the students can use these skills to show off what they have learned. Really looking forward to tomorrow when we start on some songs and develop each of the students ideas for their own drum solo. – Phill Drew

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1 thought on “Day #1 | Sussex Rocks 2014 | Monsters Of Rock with Richard Perkins

  1. Archie is thoroughly enjoying sussexRocks, I was really nervous leaving him at such a young age but he has learnt so much and is having a great time. Thank you

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