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Blues I

Fri 1 Nov 2013 @ 18:00 - Sun 3 Nov 2013 @ 10:00

Our blues weekend tutor is Rod Sinclair, an excellent teacher who has been with guitar weekends since 1995  

On this weekend we will cover;

 Effective practicing; Develop a practice routine that is guaranteed to improve your performance and speed up your ability to learn.

 Play what you hear – hear what you play. Develop your listening and aural skills: training your ear will make you a better player.

 There is no music theory, just music practice: how a little theory
goes a long way – a painless approach to understanding music theory.

 Blues Rhythm playing, from Texas to Chicago the journey of the blues shuffle. Using simple ideas to create great rhythm playing.

 Double stops combined with pedal notes and turnarounds.

 Sliding chords which are perfect for slow blues, ‘Less is More’ it
really can be.

 Developing rhythmic accuracy.

 Blues soloing and improvising.

 The power of the pentatonic scale: major and minor, add a touch of the chromatic scale and stand back.

 Phrasing ‘It’s not what you say it’s how you say it’. Producing the perfect note: String bending, vibrato, sliding and other techniques. 

 Open tunings for electric and acoustic slide playing. 

 A little old style rhythmic acoustic playing. 

 How to get started on slide playing.

 On the Saturday evening you will get a chance to put your new skills into practice when learning a tune to perform with your half of the group. Don’t worry it’s fairly simple stuff. We’ll record it as well.

 A great holiday break where you will join other like-minded players for an excellent social and informative weekend.

 Includes a course CD on completion.


Fri 1 Nov 2013 @ 18:00
Sun 3 Nov 2013 @ 10:00
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Guitar Weekends
0844 272 4433


The Westmorland Hotel
Westmorland Place, Orton
Penrith, Cumbria CA10 3SB United Kingdom