Sussex Rocks kicked off with 19 budding rock stars looking to further their skills during the week-long Monsters of Rock Summer Camp in Eastbourne under the expert tutelage of head tutor, Richard Perkins!
After an induction session and short introduction to Sussex Rocks the students split into their instrumental groups. The guitarists took part in a technique expander session working on exercises to develop strong hand coordination and synchronisation, dexterity, endurance and stamina.
During the late-morning session the guitarist group learned a selection of classic rock riffs, including; “Wishing Well” by Free, “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper, and “I Love Rock N Roll” by Joan Jett.
Intro Riff: “Wishing Well” by Free
Recorded in 1972, ‘Wishing Well’ became one of Free’s most successful singles and features a monstrous opening riff in the key of E that is built the E minor pentatonic scale.
An important part of Sussex Rocks success is our emphasis on encouraging youngsters to work together; learning to support each other through-out the week, and watching their confidence grow as they each enjoy playing with other musicians, many for the very first time.
After lunch the Sussex rockers split into five bands and headed to the rehearsal rooms to begin the afternoon band workshops. Songs heard through-out the building were: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana,”Enter Sandman” by Metallica, and “Don’t Believe A Word” by Thin Lizzy.
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