Day #3 | Sussex Rocks 2013 with Richard Perkins

sussex-rocks-2013-logoWell that is it for this special 3-day half-term Sussex Rocks course at CMP Studios in Eastbourne.

Day 3 began at the unsightly hour of 8am at the Winter Garden Floral Hall with an 8:20am sound check for the performances at 2:40pm and 3:30pm.


After the sound check students reconvened at CMP Studios for a final rehearsal session. Bands finalised their set lists and running orders before heading back to Winter Garden for the afternoon performances.


Congratulations to Chantalle, Amber, Callum, Red, T-J, Harry, Luca, Sam, Lawrence, Alex, Frank for putting on a fantastic all-round performance. Well done!

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Sussex Rocks 2013 with Richard Perkins | Day 3

sussex-rocks-2013-logoWe’ve reached the middle-point of the week, and bands are starting to form; friendships have been made, and songs are now chosen for Friday’s end-of-week performance showcase.

The morning sessions taught the guitarists two new songs – songs that students did not know before arriving at Sussex Rocks; a key goal of head tutor Richard Perkins.

One track (‘Dakota’ by Stereophonics) specifically focused on multiple layered guitar parts that would allow up to 5-6 guitarists to perform together as a band, and the other (‘Come Together‘ by The Beatles) centered on a bass groove with power chords and a harmony solo guitar spot.


Intro Riff: ‘Come Together’ by The Beatles

‘Come Together’ was written by John Lennon (credited as Lennon-McCartney) and appeared on the Abbey Road album and was later released as a double A-side single with ‘Something’ in 1969. The track principally grooves on D bass riff and the guitar subtly, and quietly, plays the riff an octave above.


Through-out the afternoon session the South East rockers continued to work on their performance songs, after some minor line-up changes to mix things up and allow the youngsters to experience playing alongside as many new musicians as possible.

The bands convened for the performance session at 3:30pm to showcase the songs they had been working on in rehearsals. Songs performed to the group for critique were: ‘Highway To Hell‘ by AC/DC, ‘Don’t Believe A Word‘ by Thin Lizzy and ‘Sweet Home Alabama‘ by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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