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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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 #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).



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.


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

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