Project Band and Guitar Heroes Weekend

Improvise, Groove and Perform

January 27th and 28th 2024

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This year  Paul Wisby joins us to conduct some additional guitar and rhythm section workshops. This will be an exciting opportunity for guitar players to work in small groups, and to concentrate and hone their band skills. 
There will be improvisation workshops for all instruments, section playing, rhythm section workouts, loads of new pieces and structured workshops led by experienced pro jazz musicians
and teachers. Players of all experience and age welcomeTuition to stretch all abilities.
What instruments– Saxes, woodwind, brass, piano, guitar, double bass/ bass guitar and drums.

Guitar heroes will learn to play with a band, and cover styles including  jazz, funk and blues. If you just wanted to fill few gaps in knowledge, this is an ideal workshop to gain confidence and build on your abilities. 

This will be ideal for anyone who has a solid  beginner/intermediate Knowledge.  ie: familiar with open chords,  can play some barre chords and some scales (minor pentatonics etc)

For these sessions you will require your own instrument  and amplification. 

Improvisation workshop, band rehearsal and guitar workshop. 
Saturday 27th 10.30 till 4.30.  Evening Jam session 7.30 till 10.30
Sunday 28th  11.00 till 4.00 including an informal concert for the last hour.
For those coming from out of town see the links at the bottom for recommended accommodation.
There will be limited spaces so please email me and I will reserve a space for you.

The Cost will be £240

For current members of Project Band and course returners £190

£60 Deposit by 1st December and the balance by Jan 10th.

We really enjoyed the weekend- definitely worth the trip from Yorkshire. We got lots of playing and the high light was the jam on Saturday night Great fun
Steph Atkinson
Tenor sax

The Venue

The venue will be the newly renovated Waterside Centre in Newbury,.
31 Northbrook St, Newbury RG14 1DS


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The Tutors

Simon Currie has been playing the saxophone since he was 11 years old, at the age of 20 he joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and played with them for 4 years, working with big names in jazz such as JOHNNY DANKWORTH and SHORTY ROGERS, to name but a few. He then worked in Monte Carlo with American musical giants such as GEORGE BENSON and STEVIE WONDER. In 2001 he joined PAUL JONES AND THE MANFREDS (ex MANFRED MANN), and has been touring with them, backing guests such as CHRIS FARLOWE, PAUL YOUNG, ALLAN PRICE, PP ARNOLD and Georgie Fame

Paul Wisby ALCM,LLCM(TD),PG(Dip) DipVCM.  Since graduating from the Guitar Institute in the early 90’s Paul has been a busy performer, teacher and examiner. He studied guitar with Jazz metal pioneer Shawn Baxter,
Dave Kilminster (Roger Waters),Ian Scott(icmp), and composition with Patric Standford and Richard Attree (BBC Radiophonic Workshop).

Over the past 20 years he has performed throughout the UK and Europe, working in live bands, recording sessions and theatre shows.
From his work with various artists Paul gained an artists endorsement with Italian guitar company xox audio tools.

Paul has composed music for various music production companies, and regularly works on projects, having several pieces placed on U.S TV.

He also works for the Registry of guitar tutors as a guitar and music theory examiner, and teaches at Dragon School and Abingdon Preparatory school.

The Repertoire

Happy (Pharrell Williams) Highway to Hell (ACDC) I Shot the Sheriff (Eric Clapton) Up Town Funk (Bruno Mars) Chameleon (Herbie Hancock) Pick up the Pieces (Average White Band) Isn’t She Lovely Stevie Wonder Watermelon Man (Herbie Hancock) Birdland, Mercy Mercy Mercy, Blue Brothers Theme, Summertime, Moanin, Green Onions, Autumn Leaves and Comin Homwe Baby.

Here are some more samples of the practice videos that will come with the course

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Past students talk about the band

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I really enjoyed the weekend workshop. It was fun and relaxed but also a great learning experience. The input from Simon and Richard along with the hours of playing has really helped build my confidence. I’m already looking forward to the next one.
It was a social, relaxed and fun weekend that catered for a variety of ages, abilities and instruments. Within 30 minutes of meeting each other we were playing music together. By the the first evening we were performing tunes learnt that day, and others made up on the spot to the public in a local pub. It was two days of intensive playing interspersed with guidance from Simon on technique, soloing tips and how to perform in a band. All in all a great weekend that I would thoroughly recommend.
Steve Bown

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