Day #3 | Sussex Rocks 2014 with Richard Perkins

sussex-rocks-2013-logoDay 3 of Sussex Rocks at Cavendish School began with full-band rehearsals in readiness for the afternoon performance in The Little Theater.

The stage was setup, complete with drum riser and stacked amplifiers. The band was primed and ready to perform in front of friends and family.

The final setlist included:

I Love Rock N Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
Metal Guru – T Rex
Caroline – Status Quo


Where: Cavendish School
When: Tuesday 9th April, 2014
Time: 2:00pm
Entry: Free

Intro Riff: ‘Whole Lotta Love’ by Led Zeppelin

‘Whole Lotta Love’ is featured on the bands second album, Led Zeppelin II and was released in 1969. The song was used as the theme tune to Top Of The Pops in the 70s and 80s.

The riff is commonly misplayed with many guitarists failing to play the open fourth string while bending the fifth fret of the fifth string with a quarter note bend, creating an ear catching dissonance.


Students spent the afternoon session rehearsing under bright stage lights.


Some students performed for the very first time  while others honed their stagecraft and showing what they have learned over the past three days with confidence and style.

Thank You!

From the instrumental tutors; Richard and Phil, we thank all the students for a great few days, and roll on the Sussex Rocks Summer School!

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Day #2 | Sussex Rocks 2014 with Richard Perkins

sussex-rocks-2013-logoDay 2 of Sussex Rocks at Cavendish School continued in fine form as students tightened up their performances of their chosen rock tracks ahead of the performance on Tuesday 8th April at 2pm inside The Little Theater.

Students spent the day rehearsing with head tutor Richard Perkins and were joined by drum tutor Phil Drew to help out resident drummer, Red.

In the morning session students learned how to play Bon Jovi’s 1986 mega hit ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’. TRIVIA: The original 45 vinyl single sold 800,000 copies, and in 2013 the song had achieved 3 million digital downloads (certified Triple Platinum).

Intro Riff: ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ by Bon Jovi

The opening riff begins with a driving bass groove that is supported synth strings and Richie Sambora’s catchy Talk Box guitar effect. The unique ‘meow’ vowel effect is synonymous with the 80s guitar sound and has been used by guitar players such as Peter Frampton and Slash, as well as Brian May and Dave Grohl.


During the afternoon session the South East rockers rehearsed their songs for tomorrows rock performance. In addition to Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ students also learned to play ‘Metal Guru’ by Marc Bolan’s T Rex.


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