Day #2 | Tuesday 19th April (Acoustic Strumming Day)

Session #3

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’.

Brian playing under the tree

Brian playing under the tree

Session#2

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.

Verse

|| : Am D6/F# | Em G | Am F | Em G | Am D | G C | Am | Bm D : ||

Chorus

|| : C D | G F# : || x2

|| C D | G Bm | C | Bm D ||

Outro

|| : Bm D | G D | G D | E : ||

Session #1

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).

Warm up sessions

Warm up session

Weather Forecast

Sunny

Sunny

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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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