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?!

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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!

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PHILL’S BIT!

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.

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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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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

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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.

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Students spent the afternoon session rehearsing under bright stage lights.

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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 #1 | Sussex Rocks 2014 with Richard Perkins

sussex-rocks-2013-logoDay 1 of the half-term Sussex Rocks course at Cavendish School (The Little Theater) began with a group discussion about which songs to perform at the student concert on the afternoon of Tuesday 8th April.

Many songs were recommended, including; Black Country Communion, Def Leppard and Guns N’ Roses.

We started the day with the mighty Status Quo song ‘Caroline’, which was released in 1973, and was featured on Quo’s ‘Hello!’ album.

Intro Riff: ‘Caroline’ by Status Quo

The main rhythm motif used by Status Quo in many of their hit songs is based around a repeating blues riff that uses F5, F6 and F7 chords. ‘Caroline’ is played in the key of F and built around three chords: F, Bb and C. The song has two main sections; Verse (12 bars) and Chorus (8 bars).

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After lunch the group learned to play Joan Jett & the Blackheart’s 1982 cover version of ‘I Love Rock N Roll’, which was originally written and performed by Arrows in 1975.

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Other songs covered on Day 1 include; ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana, and “Whole Lotta Love’ by Led Zeppelin.

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