Workshop is specially tailored to your needs, no matter who you
are, business, schools, festivals or an individual who just wants to be
a successful gigging blues musician!
Learn the basics to
intermediate on blues guitar, open tunings, slide guitar, find out about the blues song
structure, and the rhythms. Why did the blues become such a driving force in
contemporary music, discuss issues such as: why did musicians leave
Mississippi where the blues began - and travel to
Chicago, Detroit, and other industrial cities - then cross the Atlantic
to the UK in the 50's. Where did the blues start
was it Mali, Mississippi or even Europe, there are some interesting
debates on this subject!
This is also a
hands on experience of a journey into the minds and ideas of a
Mississippi blues man, we will even make a bottleneck slide
during our day or weekend!
We can travel for
weekend workshops any where in the UK or Europe,
we are working regularly in Porto, Portugal!
Individuals can come to our
studio in Swansea where we can record or video your performances,
or we can travel to you and start the blues journey in the comfort of
your own home - within the South Wales
workshop there will be amplifiers, guitars, percussion and microphones,
all you need to perform at gig level - an ideal place to learn to jam
Building is a speciality for businesses, either a full day or
even a weekend - no need to be able to play instruments. All facets of the blues
will be discussed and participated in, from how to play the blues,
singing and learning the history of the blues - by the end of workshop
the group will be performing a classic blues song - and discussing
topics like 'did Robert Johnson really sell his soul at the crossroads!
school & university workshops, this is especially interesting for A level
students who are thinking of going on to do a cultural based degree - or even
younger students who are interested in the roots of contemporary music.
If you are in the middle of a cultural based degree or Diploma, treat
the experience as a lecture take notes and use for your assignments!
At every blues workshop we will making a bottleneck slide
for every participant, either bring your own personal bottle - or use
one we have at hand. This is a very interesting technique of creating a
slide - and always good fun, with a reminder to take home of the blues
journey you have been on!
Gordon Wride has toured the UK & Europe for many years as
a blues musician and tour manager and will be your tutor on the blues
journey, he has worked with BBC Radio Wales
as a presenter and researcher for The True Blues Show! Tour managed many
American and British blues artists, and runs the
very successful Slim's Blues - (quote by BBC Radio Wales)† ' Gordon
Wride is a leading academic on the genre of
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