Sessions that Rock: Play in a Group

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Just before lockdown I started to offer additional music sessions for small groups (up to 3 students plus me) in which we learned some songs together and recorded our efforts. Of course, as with so many things, Covid put an abrupt end to this and made it difficult for more than two people to be in a confined space together.

Now the Group Band Sessions are back and are proving to be really popular. Through September and October small groups of adults have visited my home, spent a couple of hours learning a song or two (in between coffees, chats and a lot of laughs) and finished the session by recording what we’ve been practising. And, we’ve had some really lovely results that participants have been able to share with friends and family via my Facebook page. Here’s a couple of examples:

‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’, performed by Emelia, Dawn and David.
‘The Joker and the Queen’, performed by Lynda, Annie and Mags.

We’ve already learned music of a wide variety of styles, and in the coming months we’ll be turning to festive music – playing Christmas pop music together. The sessions are not limited to by current pool of students – absolutely anybody can get involved no matter what instrument they play or to what standard. The focus is totally on enjoyment, so your part will be well within your capabilities, and more complex music will be available should you want a bigger challange.

If you’re a music reader then I’ll make sure that you have access to ‘the dots’ on the day. But, we mostly learn songs the way you might expect a group of friends in a garage to go about it – get the lyrics and chords, listen to the original track and each take a part. I’m on hand the whole time to support, answer questions, and generally lead the session… I also like to take part in the playing and singing!

If this sounds like it could be up your street, and a bit of a change from 1-2-1 lessons, why not check to see if you can make any of the upcoming sessions? There’s no commitment – you can come to as many or as few sessions as you like. You’re sure to have fun, make some music… and you might even make some new friends along the way.

Use the sheet below to book your next session:

PLEASE NOTE : When booking a group session you do so on the understanding that you are committing to that particular date and time. Your session cannot be cancelled or rescheduled, and no refund will be offered if you are unable to attend. This is obviously because the sessions rely on multiple people to work.

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