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Set Yourself Up On Synth – First Timers Keyboard/Synth Workshop

03/02/2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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Have the technical jargon of the world of synthesizers demystified by self-taught synth-nerd Emma Hall.

💖About the workshop💖

This workshop will be an introduction to the synth, covering the following topics:
-The roles it can play in a band (lead / pad / bass)
-How to navigate a synth
-How to create and manipulate a sound
-Arpeggiators and sequencers

You will build up a group jam, and in doing so, learn the basics of playing along to a chord progression

Where to go next:
-How synths can ‘talk to each other’ (sync cables, MIDI)
-Useful resources

There are 15 places for this workshop. Book a place in advance to avoid disappointment. 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 firsttimers@diyspaceforlondon.org


💖About Emma💖

Emma has been playing synth in the band Private Life for three years. In that time she’s got to understand a range of different synths and drum machines, and loves tinkering with different set ups and learning how to make new sounds. She’s passionate about demystifying electronic music, especially for women, trans and non-binary folk – Emma runs the blog www.shemakessounds.com, and volunteers as a synth tutor with Girls Rock London.

www.soundcloud.com/shemakessounds www.instagram.com/shemakessounds

💖 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
Website: www.firsttimers.org
Twitter: @FirstTimersFest
Instagram: @firsttimersfest
Email: firsttimers@diyspaceforlondon.org

💖 About the venue, DIY Space for London 💖

DIY Space for London is on a single floor level, with access ramps, widened doors, an accessible toilet and plenty of space for manoeuvring and getting away from crowds. There is plenty of seating available and the toilets are gender neutral and accessible.

On entering the venue there is a small ramp, which is quite steep and might require assistance going up and down. If you are a wheelchair user and not travelling with anyone, let us know in advance you are coming so someone at the venue can be there to assist.

If you would like to discuss access, please get in touch or visit our website: www.diyspaceforlondon.org/access

Email – access@diyspaceforlondon.org

Phone – 020 7635 9470 (Leave a message and we will respond)

Postal – 96-108 Ormside St, London SE15 1TF

Response time – Someone will be able to respond within 5 days

Our volunteers are happy to meet event attendees at the nearest bus stop, please contact to arrange.

DIY Space has an Access Group that is always working to improve accessibility. Most recently it worked towards making DIY Space For London the UK’s first volunteer-run venue to achieve Bronze status on the Charter of Best Practice from Attitude Is Everything – a charity that improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music.


DIY Space for London
96-102 Ormside St
London, SE15 1TF United Kingdom


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