CofBC tutor play through #1

As part of the students learning at City of Bath College the instrumental tutors perform to the class presenting them with a close look at the structures, techniques and musical approaches that different genres of music demand.

During this term we are looking at progressive rock, metal and alternative. This session included an in depth look into the following songs:

  • The Ocean – Led Zeppelin [link]
  • Time – Pink Floyd [Link]
  • Bomb Track – Rage Against The Machine

I performed ‘Bomb Track’ by Rage Against The Machine. I chose this specific song to highlight the fusion between two styles of music: rap/hip hip and rock/metal. The funky rock hybrid genre became a huge success in the early 90s with such bands as Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Faith No More as well as Rage Against The Machine each achieving success with their brand of rap metal.

‘Bomb Track’ – Rage Against The Machine

Performing: Jake Williams (Vocals), Tom Gardiner (Drums), Duncan Kingston (Bass), Richard Perkins (Guitar)

Finger bust up!

Finger bust up!

One of the occupational hazards of performing hard rock tunes is the energy you have to throw in to them. I do enjoy beating up my guitar but it does tend to get sore after a while!

And also as a side note it was an important lesson to students today, who are given ample access to rehearsal facilities for weeks on end, that these performances were given after only a couple of quick run throughs at 9.30am this morning!

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About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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