Starting out with improvisation and lead playing can be scary but its not as hard as you think! Learn the guitarists’ favourite scale: the minor pentatonic, how to master techniques like slides and bends to make your playing more expressive and interesting, adding extra notes to colour your solos, how to shape your solos with phrasing, and how to play in the right key. Also get to practice improvising and making mistakes with other people!
This workshop will be easier on electric guitars but if you only have an acoustic that’s fine too.
There are 15 places for this workshop. Book a place in advance to avoid disappointment here. Tickets are £5 (+booking fee). We aim to make our workshops as accessible as possible, so if you would like to come but cannot afford the ticket price, you can reserve a place by emailing email@example.com
Alice Emerson is a guitarist and vocalist who’s been teaching guitar for 7 years. She teaches 160 students a week working for Barking and Dagenham music service and as a private teacher. Under the name Alice Mary she has written and produced 2 EPs which have received airplay on BBC 6 Music and been featured in Clash Music, and she has performed live across London and in Paris. This year she had the chance to record at Maida Vale Studios and performed at the Apple Store in Regent Street. She likes music theory and metronomes a bit more than your average person, but if you spend enough time around her maybe you will too.
About First Timers Fest:
FTF is a season of workshops followed by a two-day festival where every band plays its first show. FTF is about getting new faces and voices in bands, and doing something about the lack of diversity in the make-up of the DIY music community.
As a direct way of addressing the lack of diversity in the make-up of the DIY music community, our workshops centre people who are disabled (visible or non-visible), LGBTQIA+ folk, people of colour, and women. As well, we are here to support people who have never played in a band before // never played the instrument they’ve always wanted to learn before because of their class, race, gender, mental health, etc.
Our 2019 festival will be taking place on May 4th & 5th 2019. Applications from new bands to play are open: INSERT LINK
For other First Timers Fest 2019 info:
FTF 2019 Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/201740340257062/
FB page: First Timers Fest