Guitar Ensemble Workshops Series
Dates & Times
Saturday, 17 May 2014, 11am - 5pm (Workshop)
Saturday, 31 May 2014, 11am - 5pm (Workshop)
Saturday, 12 July 2014, 11am - 5pm (Workshop); 6:30pm - 7:30pm (Concert)
Studham Village Hall, 2 Dunstable Road, Studham, Bedfordshire, LU6 2QG (Workshops)
St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Studham, Bedfordshire, LU6 2NW (Concert)
Classical guitar is an instrument that often provides its students with little to no experience in ensemble playing. Yet, many aspects of musicianship are best developed in collaboration with other musicians. For example, rhythmic concepts are of great importance in ensemble playing, and playing in a group provides guitarists with an opportunity to develop and strengthen their rhythmic skills in a way that is difficult to achieve as solo performers.
The guitar ensemble workshop series will bring together classical guitarists from different background, ages and levels in a supportive and non-competitive environment to allow them the opportunity to develop new skills as well as reinforce skills and techniques previously learned. The workshop sessions will culminate in an ensemble performance in aid of Cancer Research UK on 12 July at St Mary’s Church in Studham.
Included in the workshops will be a talk by psychotherapist Simon Howes on performance anxiety. In addition, the venue in Studham has been booked on 22 June (11am-1pm) for students who wish to get together to practise ensemble playing.
Target Group & Prerequisites
The workshops cater for classical guitarists of different levels of ability. The ensemble pieces are arranged in primarily three and four parts. The first guitar parts cover mostly the melodic lines in the higher register, and players would need to be comfortable playing and reading music notation up to seventh position. The bass parts cover mostly the lower strings of the guitar, and this requires fluency in reading and playing notes on strings six, five and four. The second and (where applicable) third guitar parts cover primarily the middle range. These parts are the least demanding and require familiarity with notes in first position.
If you have any queries regarding these prerequisites, please do not hesitate to send an email using the contact form or enquire by telephone on 07791110313.