Day #4 | Sussex Rocks 2014 | Monsters Of Rock with Richard Perkins

sussex-rocks-2013-logoThe penultimate day of Sussex Rocks Summer School is all about band performance. Students spent the early morning session rehearsing their songs to perform to their peers during a late-morning play back session with peer critique.

Bands assembled themselves into the rehearsal rooms to focus their attention on song structure, intros and endings, and rehearsing with the singers.


Intro Riff: ‘Iron Man’ by Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath’s ‘Iron Man’ is arguably Tony Iommi’s greatest, and most popular, riff; it could be contested that the intro riff to ‘Paranoid’ is greater, or more famous, but ‘Iron Man’ sure has captured the imagination of young learners since it was first featured in the Marvel Studios movie of the same name in 2008.


After lunch the Sussex Rockers worked studiously in the rehearsal rooms to finish learning their songs for Friday’s performance at Willingdon Community School at 3pm in the Drama Hall.

Expect to hear: ‘R U Mine?’ by Arctic Monkeys, ‘American Idiot’ by Green Day, ‘Grace’ by Jeff Buckley, and ‘Hey Stoopid’ by Alice Cooper among many other great classic rock songs!

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Day #2 | Sussex Rocks 2014 | Monsters Of Rock with Richard Perkins

sussex-rocks-2013-logoDay 2 of Sussex Rocks Summer School began with a classic rock riff session. Students chose their favourite rock riffs; suggestions included: ‘Iron Man’ by Black Sabbath, ‘Whole Lotta Love’ by Led Zeppelin, ‘Back In Black’ by AC/DC, and ‘Walk This Way’ by Aerosmith.

The group learned some classic rock riffs so that they can participate in a ‘Riff-Off’ on the final day when students will try to out riff each other to see who is the champion of riffs!

Intro Riff: ‘Satisfaction’ by The Rolling Stones

Arguably The Stones most famous song, and certainly one of the most recognisable intro riffs of all time, ‘Satisfaction’ was written in Keith Richards hotel room late one night. Richards had recorded himself jamming before falling asleep, and discovered the riff upon listening back to the tape the next day.


Once again students spent the afternoon session playing in their bands and rehearsing songs for the upcoming student performance. Below: The guitar class practice their classic rock riffs.



Today the drummers worked with dynamics, playing a single drum as softly as possible and bringing it up to a slow crescendo. We also looked at playing together as a group and how rudiments can be used as a basis for creating interesting and more complex patterns.

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