Sussex Rocks 2012 with Richard Perkins | Day 1

Sussex Rocks kicked off today with 17 budding rockstars looking to further their game during the week-long Monsters of Rock Summer Camp!

After a short introduction with Sussex Rocks tutors Richard and Jason the students split themselves into four bands and headed to the rehearsal rooms to begin the days band workshops.

The bands spent all day working on classic rock material from Deep Purple and AC/DC to The Troggs and Queen! One band had a saxophonist (Thomas) and jammed the Gerry Rafferty classic ‘Baker Street‘…

…while other bands knocked out rousing renditions of AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell‘ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door‘.

A highlight of the day was bringing the youngsters together and watching them enjoy playing with other musicians, many for the very first time. One particular favourite track was ‘House Of The Rising Sun‘ by The Animals.

The traditional American folk song was a hit for the English rock band in 1964 and was a #1 chart hit for the group in five countries, including United Kingdom and United States.

House Of The Rising Sun – The Animals

Intro Riff: “House Of The Rising Sun” – The Animals

The main hook of the song is built around a repeating 6/8 broken chord arpeggio rhythm and features predominantly open chords, which is great for the beginner guitarist.