Monsters of Rock – Day 1

Monsters of Rock – Class of 2009

Monsters of Rock - Class of 2009

Monsters of Rock - Class of 2009

Session 1

After class registration and a run through the house rules, the class began working on their rhythm chops using the ‘Hendrix’ chord, an E7#9, over a drum and bass backing track, demonstrating their soloing skills using the E minor pentatonic scale.

Session 2

An attentive class of rockers!

An attentive class of rockers!

After the break the class ran though a ‘caterpillar’ warm up exercise, designed to strengthen the fingers and build coordination between right and left hands.

This led into Jimi Henrix’s rendition of ‘Hey Joe’, which uses a chromatic walking bass line riff following the chord pattern. We then learnt the fourth box shape position of the minor pentatonic scale. Soloing, once again, over an E7#9 vamp.

Session 3

The afternoon sessions are designed to focus on performance skills. We began working on two of the songs that will be performed as part of an instrumedley at the student concert on Friday (7th August 2009). These were AC/DC’s ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ and Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Crazy Train’.

Session 4 – Special Interest Classes

Todays final session was a choice between two special interest classes ‘Introduction to Alternate Picking’ and ‘Hybrid Pentatonics’.

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