Day #3 ~ Wednesday 29th August 2012

After the Tuesday night meal the group grabbed their acoustic guitars and descended upon the dining room for a late night jam session with plenty of beer and wine to hand.

The bash included: Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen, Route 66 – Chuck Berry, Wonderwall – Oasis, Space Oddity – David Bowie and Mr Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan, among many others.

The early morning session began with physical and technical warm up exercises, extended to include RH picking patterns in groups of 3, 4 and 6 notes. This warmed the group up nicely to recap the Jeff Buckley cover version of ‘Hallelujah’ (see Day #2).

After the morning coffee break, DADGAD was the order of the day with a session on the popular altered guitar tuning, often referred to as D sus4 tuning. The group experimented with a blues in D (I – D, IV – G, V – A).

Above: Harmonised Major Scale in DADGAD

Wednesday is a half-day and some of the students visited Saintes, a French commune located in Poitou-Charentes, in the southwestern Charente-Maritime region, and others have went for a long walk in the near-by beautiful countryside. Rest assured, everyone will be back for dinner at 7.30pm!


The Complete Acoustic Guitarist Holiday 2012

The Complete Acoustic Guitarist Holiday with Richard Perkins

Are you looking to study the techniques and approaches of some of the acoustic guitars great players? If so, our Complete Acoustic Guitarist course will explore the styles and concepts of the great acoustic guitar strummers, fingerstylists and bluesmen, focusing on finger picking, rhythm strumming and classic tunes from the great acoustic guitar songbook.

Topics covered will include:

  • Rhythm strumming
  • Finger picking patterns
  • Expanding your chord vocabulary
  • Experiment with a variety of tempos, boogies, shuffles and swing rhythms.
  • Explore open tunings- DADGAD and DADF#AD
  • Learn how to use a capo ( including partial capo)
  • Common chord progressions
  • Demystifying music theory

Richard Perkins, one of the UK’s foremost Guitar educators, from the International Guitar Foundation, will help you develop your performance skills; encouraging you to play with other guitarists thus allowing you to expand ideas and express yourself  during the improvised jam sessions so that you leave this magical week with a greater confidence and understanding of the guitar.

Course Structure

The course is structured so that the morning tutorials are relaxed and informal creating a supportive group atmosphere with plenty of time set aside in the afternoon for you to practice and consolidate what you have been learning. Richard Perkins is always on hand to help, giving of advice and expert tips. All classes are taught in a relaxed and supportive environment with practical demonstrations throughout.

Who’s it for?

This course is a beginner/intermediate level course and we would expect a participant to be able to play basic open  chords, some scales and have begun to develop some degree of fluency with moving between open chords.

What do I bring?

Acoustic guitar, plectrums, capo, tuner and note book. Please feel free to use audio and video recording equipment  during the day. Headphones are recommended for your own playback. You will be provided with course material as well as blank tab and chord box sheets. Music and guitar stands are also provided.


Your course tutor, Richard Perkins, will keep an online daily blog throughout your holiday that will document your daily learning with detailed explanations, photos and videos. The perfect virtual postcard for friends and family back home as well as a fantastic learning resource on your return!

Check out the 2011 course blog: