The Acoustic Apprentice – Day 4

Session 1

We began the first session with a recap on recognising song structures and with the student concert two days away we decided  on the two full songs we are going to perform:

  1. Everybody Hurts – REM
  2. Run – Snow Patrol

Rob, a returning student to the class from last years course, has put himself forward to play an unaccompanied performance of ‘Blackbird’ – The Beatles.

Rob performs his rendition of The Beatles ‘Blackbird’

Session 2

We began session 2 with a look at altered tunings. We dropped our 6th string (Thick E string) down to a D note to produce the tuning: DADGBE, commonly known a dropped D tuning. This allowed us to play one finger barre chords and experiment with blues riffs using a slide.

Session 3

The class practice hard!

The class practice hard!

After lunch we regrouped with our sights set on learning a new song ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out) – Radiohead.

In preparation for this song, which is arranged for finger picking guitar as opposed to the original that was played with a plectrum, we played through some practice finger picking patterns to warm up.

Session 4

We focused our attention back to our performance songs for the final session of the day.

Students Rob and Heather practice REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’


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