The Performances

On the final day of the Modern Electric Blues Guitar Holiday the students performed their arrangements of classic blues tracks. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Group 1

Outside Woman Blues – Eric Clapton

The Thrill Is Gone – BB King

The band: (L-R) Trisha, Norman, Gunther, Michael and Edgar

Group 2

Outside Woman Blues – Eric Clapton

Texas Strut – Gary Moore

The band: (L-R) Natalie, Kate, Rod and Richard

Group 3

Texas Strut – Gary Moore

Summertime – Gershwin

The band: (L-R) Derek, Alison, Jeremy and Don

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Day #5 | Friday 17th September

Modern Electric Blues Class of 2010

Class of 2010

Meet the Class of 2010

Back Row (L-R): Jeremy, Richard, Gunther, Edgar, Rod, Michael, Norman

Middle Row (L-R): Kate, Derek, Don, Alison, Trisha, Stuart

Front Row (L-R): Natalie, Richard

Session #1

After the class played through their warm ups this morning they learnt the first position of the Dorian and Mixolydian Modes.

Dorian & Mixolydian Modes (Position 1)

Dorian & Mixolydian Modes (Position 1)

The class jammed along to Dorian and Mixolydian chord vamps.

Session #2

The class gathered into their performance groups for session #2 – see Day #4 post – and rehearsed their songs for this afternoons recording session.

  1. Texas Strut – Gary Moore
  2. Outside Woman Blues – Eric Clapton (Cream)
  3. Crossroads – Eric Clapton (Cream)
  4. The Thrill Is Gone – BB King

One group have put together a blues arrangement of ‘Summertime’ by Gershwin.

Session #3

The class gathered into their group and made final preparations for the student showcase performance. At 3pm everyone readied themselves for the show and the groups each took turns to perform their tunes.

Weather Today

Sunny & Warm

Sunny & Warm

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Day #4 | Thursday 16th September

Session #1

Gary Moore

Gary Moore

In this mornings first session the class warmed up using their two, three and four finger exercises, Minor Pentatonic Scale shapes (1-5) and then learnt the five positions of the Major Pentatonic Scale.

After the warm up session the class learnt how to play Gary Moore’s ‘Texas Strut’, an up tempo blues shuffle in the Key of A.

A great first session this morning.

Session #2

After the tea break the class learnt the famous intro lick to ‘Crossroads’ by Eric Clapton.

Crossroads Lick

Crossroads Lick

The challenging lick involves hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends and vibrato.

Session #3

The class gathered into their bands this afternoon to begin rehearsing a song that will be recorded tomorrow (Friday – final day) as a memento of the holiday.

Band 1: (Crossroads – Cream)

  1. Gunther
  2. Edgar
  3. Norman
  4. Trisha
  5. Michael

Band 2: (Texas Strut – Gary Moore)

  1. Kate
  2. Rod
  3. Richard
  4. Natalie

Band 3: (Texas Strut – Gary Moore)

  1. Don
  2. Derek
  3. Jeremy
  4. Alison

A fantastic end to a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

Weather Today

Sunny with Clouds

Sunny with Clouds

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Day #3 | Wednesday 15th September

Session #1

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton

This morning the class learnt how to play the rhythm parts to Cream’s rendition of the blues classic ‘Outside Woman Blues’.

The tune uses a E7#9 chord (dubbed the ‘Hendrix’ chord!) interspersed with a dominant riff, using the twelve-bar structure. Later the class will learn Eric Claptons live solo from Creams 2005 reunion tour.

The class jammed the song together as a group and will gather into small groups to perform the song.

Session #2

The class were given a detailed overview and demonstration of how to get an appropriate tone for ‘Outside Woman Blues’, usage of reverb, the difference between reverb and delay, what are the tone and volume knobs on the guitar, and EQ settings.

The class jam Creams 'Outside Woman Blues'

The class jam ‘Outside Woman Blues’ by Eric Clapton’s Cream

Afternoon

Cognac

Cognac

The class now have the afternoon free to either head into Cognac or Saintes, or stay on site and rest, laze by the pool or go for a relaxing walk alongside many of the sunflower fields, olive groves or grape vine plantations.

Weather Today

Sunny with Clouds

Sunny with Clouds

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Day #2 | Tuesday 14th September

Good Morning

The dawn sunrise in France

The dawn sunrise in France

A beautiful dawn walk in France. A majestic mist stalks the fields as the sun rises this between the trees.

Session #1

The class expanded their repertoire of warm up exercises in this mornings first session. This included four-finger exercises, string skipping and alternating between ascending and descending patterns. This is both a physical and mental challenge, engaging the brain in thinking about which fingers to use and when.

Extended Warm Up Exercises

Extended Warm Up Exercises

Session #2

During the mornings second session the class learnt how to play the chords and rhythm section to BB King’s ‘The Thrill Is Gone’. The class played a staccato up-strum on beats 2 and 4 of the bar.

BB King - The Thrill Is Gone

BB King – The Thrill Is Gone

Session #3

Blues Legend BB King

Blues Legend BB King

After a wonderful lunch the class began the afternoon session playing through the chords and rhythm parts to the ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ and learning, note for note, BB Kings famous intro solo; playing along with the backing track.

Another fantastic day! ๐Ÿ™‚

Weather Today

Sunny & Warm

Sunny & Warm

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Day #1 | Monday 13th September

Session #1

During the first session this morning Stuart and Richard introduced themselves to the students, setting out the structure and the aims and objectives of the course.

The Class - Session #1

The Class – Session #1

The session began with a gentle physical warm up using finger, hand and wrist exercises. See this post for some warm up exercises by Richard: http://imaguitarist.wordpress.com/2010/09/07/physical-warm-up-exercises-for-guitar-players/

The class then learnt how to structure a technical warm up exercise that builds strength in the playing hand, accuracy in the picking hand and coordination between the two.

Session #2

After the coffee break the class began learning the five positions of the Minor Pentatonic Scale, using the correct fingerings and how to place the shapes across the neck.

Five Positions of the Minor Pentatonic Scale

Five Positions of the Minor Pentatonic Scale (click to enlarge)

During this session the class learnt how to use whole-tone bends using the Minor Pentatonic Scale positions.

Session #3

After lunch the class worked on a playing licks with in the Minor Pentatonic Scale positions one, three and four.

Minor Pentatonic Scale Lick

Minor Pentatonic Scale Lick (click to enlarge)

The class then jammed over a twelve-bar blues backing track, working on their new licks and Minor Pentatonic Scale shapes.

Stuart teaches the class some licks

The licks included bends, vibrato, hammer-ons, pull-offs, trills, call and response and phrasing. A great first day! ๐Ÿ™‚

Weather Today

Sunny

Sunny & Warm

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Meet the Tutors

Stuart Ryan

Award winning guitarist Stuart Ryan first came to prominence in 2002 when he won Guitarist Magazine’s prestigious “Acoustic Guitarist of the Year” competition. He soon gained the attention of Martin Taylor who described him as “One of the finest guitarists of his generation” and the late Eric Roche who said Stuart “Will be one of the greatest guitarists this country has produced.” He has been the acoustic columnist for Guitar Techniques magazine since 2005 and is a regular contributor to Total Guitar and Guitarist magazines. His concert and masterclass schedule has taken him to some of the UK’s most prestigious venues including London’s South Bank Centre whilst his popular blues and acoustic instructional DVDs and magazines have sold in excess of 20,000 copies. Stuart also wrote the ‘Play Guitar’ guide for The Observer on Sunday newspaper reaching 500,000 households in the process. When not performing or in the studio Stuart is Head of Guitar at the Bristol Institute of Modern Music (BIMM).

http://www.stuartryan.co.uk

Richard Perkins

Described as โ€œOne to watchโ€, Richard Perkins is an exponent of the new age of vocational music courses available in the UK. He achieved a HND in Popular Music at Oxford College before receiving a Commercial Music Degree with Hons at the renowned Bath Spa University. Richard now runs Bath Guitar School, where he offers private one to one guitar tuition, guitar band workshops and student bands. The school, which has gained much acclaim in the local and national press, including appearances on BBC Radio, the CiTV kids show โ€˜Skilliciousโ€™ and a review in The Mail on Sunday, now accommodates over 70 students travelling from all over the UK. Richard’s guitar and teaching ability has caught the attention of many within the industry. As well as being a lecturer at City of Bath College, Richard is a guitar faculty member for the International Guitar Foundation where he teaches annual guitar courses at both the London Guitar Festival (South Bank Centre) and the Cheltenham Guitar Festival. Richard is also the exam co-ordinator for the IGF/Rockschool awards and the head tutor at the South West Rock Camp. As well as becoming a respected educator Richard is also an active performer, currently performing alongside award winning guitarist Stuart Ryan under the guise of the Bath Guitar Duo.

http://www.richardperkins.me.uk

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