Performance Videos | Sussex Rocks 2013 with Richard Perkins

sussex-rocks-2013-logoHurrah – finally we have footage from Sussex Rocks 2013!

A big thanks to Maxim Gamble for editing and uploading these performance videos. More to come soon…

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Dakota – Stereophonics

Come Together – The Beatles

Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Wishing Well – Free


Sussex Rocks 2013 with Richard Perkins | Day 4

sussex-rocks-2013-logoThe penultimate day of Sussex Rocks 2013 saw bands in all-day rehearsals to fine-tune the song arrangements for Friday’s end of week performance.

The started with a band with a mega 2-hour full-band rehearsal session before lunch. All bands had the opportunity to perform alongside head tutor Richard and drum tutor Phil.

This session was a huge success and many students benefited (esp. the drummers) from having an expert on hand to guide them through the tracks.

Bands rehearsed the following:
Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Wishing Well by Free
School’s Out by Alice Cooper
Highway to Hell by AC/DC
Don’t Believe a Word by Thin Lizzy
Come Together by The Beatle
Dakota by Stereophonics

Intro Riff: ‘Dakota’ by Stereophonics

The intro to ‘Dakota’ begins with a synth riff playing the fifth of each chord (E-B, C#-G#, and A-E). A guitar can emulate this sound with a light delay and phaser set to a slow and deep sweep. Have a go!


After lunch bands continued to rehearse their songs with the extra help of Jason Stocker.


The student concert will begin at 4:30pm on Friday 2nd August at Willingdon Community School, Eastbourne, East Sussex. Entry is free and we welcome anyone to come and show their support.

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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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