Day #4 ~ Thursday 30th August 2012

In the first session of the day the class recapped the DADGAD blues from Day #3 and learnt scale shapes built from the Dsus4 tuning, including, Major, Minor and Pentatonic.

Download the full DADGAD scales worksheet

After the morning coffee break the class learnt the fantastic slide guitar track by the Allman Brothers Band called ‘Old Friend’ from their 2003 album ‘Hittin’ The Note’, which features Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks on guitar.

Old Friend – Allman Brothers Band

Above: The class work studiously on their slide technique

The afternoon session focussed on songs for the student performance at the end of the final day. The class descended upon the local brewery for a taste of the locally brewed beer at La Bercloise where they brew Cognac Beer, which is unique to this area of France.

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!