After lunch the students assembled themselves into small groups and practiced the song from the morning sessions. One group also learnt another song from Eric Clapton’s MTV Unplugged; the acoustically swung version of ‘Layla’.
After our morning tea break we learnt Radiohead’s ‘Karma Police’.
Karma Police – Radiohead
The song, which begins in the key of A minor and in common time (4/4), is a harmonically complex song (lots of chords), but rhythmically simple. The structure follows this structure: Intro > Verse > Chorus > Verse > Chorus > Outro, with a relative Minor to Major key shift between A minor and C Major in the Chorus. There is also a tone (truck drivers gear change!) key change from A minor to B minor in the Outro section.
|| : Am D6/F# | Em G | Am F | Em G | Am D | G C | Am | Bm D : ||
|| : C D | G F# : || x2
|| C D | G Bm | C | Bm D ||
|| : Bm D | G D | G D | E : ||
The morning session began with a run through the warm ups (both physical stretches and technical finger exercises) and an introduction to RH rhythm exercises. We then learnt how to play a simple strumming song; Bob Seger’s ‘Turn the Page’ (link).