Day 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.
PHILL’S BIT – DAY 2
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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