WEA Folk and Acoustic Guitar Courses 2016

WEA Folk and Acoustic Guitar Courses 2016

Music workshops in South Yorkshire

Here’s a couple of courses I’m running through the WEA, both starting in January 2016.

Acoustic Guitar for Beginners & Improvers
Course Code: C3667526
Start Date: 5/01/2016
Venue: The Venue Stocksbridge
Times: 13.00-15.00
Booking enquiries: http://www.wea.org.uk
Tel: 0114 242 3609

Playing In an Ensemble ( Folk Ensemble)
Course Code: C3667555
Start Date: 7/01/2016
Venue: Penistone Grammar School (ALC)
Times: 17.15-19.15
Booking enquiries: http://www.wea.org.uk
Tel: 0114 242 3609

WEA Guitar, Ukulele and Folk Courses 2016

WEA Guitar, Ukulele and Folk Courses 2016

Ukulele workshops in South Yorkshire

Here are details of the WEA courses I am running in 2016:

Ukulele for Beginners & Improvers
Course Code: C3667524
Start Date: 6/01/2016
Venue: The Venue Stocksbridge
Times: 10.00am 12.00 (noon)
Booking enquiries: http://www.wea.org.uk
Tel: 0114 242 3609

Ukulele for Improvers
Course Code: C3667525
Start Date: 6/01/2016
Venue: The Venue Stocksbridge
Times: 13.00-15.00
Booking enquiries: http://www.wea.org.uk
Tel: 0114 242 3609

Acoustic Guitar for Beginners & Improvers
Course Code: C3667526
Start Date: 5/01/2016
Venue: The Venue Stocksbridge
Times: 13.00-15.00
Booking enquiries: http://www.wea.org.uk
Tel: 0114 242 3609

Playing In an Ensemble ( Folk Ensemble)
Course Code: C3667555
Start Date: 7/01/2016
Venue: Penistone Grammar School (ALC)
Times: 17.15-19.15
Booking enquiries: http://www.wea.org.uk
Tel: 0114 242 3609

Guitar, Ukulele & Folk Courses. Autumn 2015

Guitar, Ukulele & Folk Courses. Autumn 2015

Music workshops in South Yorkshire
Tutor: Chris McShane

WEA Courses

Every Tuesday afternoon
The Venue Stocksbridge
Acoustic Guitar for Beginners and Improvers
Time: 13.00-15.00
WEA Course code:C3666669
Enquiries and Booking Telephone: 0114 242 3609
Email: info@www.chrismcshanemusic.co.uk

Every Wednesday afternoon
The Venue Stocksbridge
Ukulele for Beginners and Improvers 

Time: 13.00-15.00
WEA Course code:C3666670
Enquiries and Booking Telephone: 0114 242 3609
Email: info@www.chrismcshanemusic.co.uk

Every Thursday evening
Penistone Grammar School
Community Folk Ensemble
Time: 17.15-19.15
WEA Course code: C3666673
Enquiries and Booking Telephone: 0114 242 3609
Email: info@www.chrismcshanemusic.co.uk

Arthouse Courses

Every Alternate Wednesday evening
The Arthouse Cafe, Penistone
Acoustic Guitar for Beginners and Improvers
Time: 19.00-21.00
Telephone:01226 805122
Email: info@www.chrismcshanemusic.co.uk

Every Alternate Wednesday evening
The Arthouse Cafe, Penistone
Ukulele  for Beginners and Improvers
Time: 19.00-21.00
Telephone: 01226 805122
Email: info@www.chrismcshanemusic.co.uk

Do you Know How to Practise?

Do you Know How to Practise?

IMG_0688What Does (To Practice) Really Mean?

Over many year of teaching and listening to students say they have practised, I have gleaned a few thoughts about the subject that I think may be worth sharing here. When we’re learning any instrument we have an initial rush of enthusiasm which makes us want to learn to play well, either for pleasure or as an academic pursuit towards a career in music. We start by lessons at school or with a private instrumental teacher. The teacher starts you off with initial pieces and exercises and at the end of each lesson outlines what you need to practise.  It may go something  like this, “work on the rhythm of bar 10 etc”. At this point  the pupil needs to take control of their own development and do this work at home The lesson itself is only the starting point!

Managing Time

Look at the week ahead and find some slots of time, no matter how short, that you can dedicate to practise. It’s too easy to say “I’ll do some before next week”. Often this results in  not doing any – or worse, only doing it in a rush the night before the next lesson. Better to do a couple of pre-planned sessions than leaving it to chance.

Have You Practised?

When you actually sit down to practise, how do you do it? It’s not enough to play through the pieces a couple of times – much better to focus on the section where you always slow down or stumble. Recording yourself  can be a good way of spotting  areas  needing special attention. This will make  your practice much more productive. Spending time on the problem areas and difficult bits moves your playing forward and  develops fluency.

Patience Makes Practise

Don’t  get frustrated! Don’t give up!

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