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Acoustic Blues Weekend 2021 Updates

By Michael Roach / May 12, 2021 / Comments Off on Acoustic Blues Weekend 2021 Updates

I have been informed that the Hawth Theatre in Crawley will not be able to host us in November this year and we postponed to November 2022. Also, I am talking to staff at The Beacon in Wantage with the hopes of having an Acoustic Blues Weekend event in September/October. At the moment, the Beacon…

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Blues Week Zoom Lessons Schedule from 16th May to 12th June

By Michael Roach / May 12, 2021 / Comments Off on Blues Week Zoom Lessons Schedule from 16th May to 12th June

This is just a reminder for Rick Franklin’s workshop this Sunday 16th May at 3pm UK time.  Also, I’m announcing the dates for the lessons to follow.  Here is the schedule: Sunday 16th May, 3pm UK TimeRick Franklin – Beginners Guide to the Roots of Taj Mahal Rick’s lesson will focus on the ballad and…

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Live Zoom Lessons Schedule For The Next 3 Weeks, 1st to 16th May 2021

By Michael Roach / April 27, 2021 / Comments Off on Live Zoom Lessons Schedule For The Next 3 Weeks, 1st to 16th May 2021

Saturday 1st May, 3pm  UK TimeMichael Roach and Abie Budgen – Beginners Guide to Playing Melody with an Alternating Bass The lesson will focus on the song ‘Black Rat Swing’ by Memphis Minnie in the key of E. The song will be used to demonstrate playing melodies in the style of John Cephas and John…

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Blues Week Supporters Forum Sunday 18th April at 3pm UK time

By Michael Roach / April 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Blues Week Supporters Forum Sunday 18th April at 3pm UK time

Since there will be no Zoom lesson this weekend, we want to keep the momentum of meeting up with everyone and offer the opportunity to have a forum for discussion on Sunday 18th April at 3pm UK time.  If you have the time, let’s meet up and talk about the lessons.  It would be good…

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Eddie Martin Slide Guitar and Adam Franklin Mandolin Zoom Lessons Now Available on our Online Access Page

By Michael Roach / April 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Eddie Martin Slide Guitar and Adam Franklin Mandolin Zoom Lessons Now Available on our Online Access Page

Exclusive for Blues Week supporters: Eddie Martin’s ‘Slide Guitar’ lesson from Saturday 3rd April and Adam Franklin’s ‘Mandolin’ lesson on Sunday 11th April are now available on our Online Access Page.

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Sonny Black Sunday 28th March Live Exclusive Zoom Guitar Lesson is now available on our Online Access Page

By Michael Roach / March 31, 2021 / Comments Off on Sonny Black Sunday 28th March Live Exclusive Zoom Guitar Lesson is now available on our Online Access Page
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John Miller Saturday 13th March Live Exclusive Zoom Guitar Lesson is now available on our Online Access Page

By Michael Roach / March 15, 2021 / Comments Off on John Miller Saturday 13th March Live Exclusive Zoom Guitar Lesson is now available on our Online Access Page

We recorded John’s live exclusive Zoom guitar lesson on Saturday 13th March and it is now available on our Online Access Page.

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Will Wilde Zoom Lesson Sunday 21st March 5pm

By Michael Roach / March 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Will Wilde Zoom Lesson Sunday 21st March 5pm

Will Wilde will be conducting a harmonica lesson focusing on: 12 Bar Bass Lines/Riffs He will be showing you how to take any riff and turn it into a 12 bar blues by transposing it to the IV and V chords. The lesson will study a boogie rhythm, a shuffle and a slow blues. 

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Online Access Workshops

By Michael Roach / March 8, 2021 / Comments Off on Online Access Workshops

We have set up an exclusive ‘Online Access’ page only for those who paid to attend Blues Week 2020 and let their payment roll over to the next year (now Blues Week 2022). The page is password protected and has video content from all members of staff for all levels of ability. Also, we are…

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Blues Week 2021 Postponed

By Michael Roach / March 8, 2021 / Comments Off on Blues Week 2021 Postponed

It is with regret that Blues Week 2021 is being postponed. The conference manager at Hartpury College has informed me that a decision was made to cancel all conference bookings this summer over the uncertainty surrounding Covid.  That said, we have agreed to start our 20th Anniversary celebration on Sunday 31st July to Friday 5th…

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