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! 🙂

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About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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