UPCOMING - Alex Hutchings Masterclass - Saturday 1st June 2013
Wishaw Guitar Lessons are very proud to announce that one of the best guitar players in the world, Alex Hutchings, will be giving an exclusive Scottish masterclass hosted by your favourite guitar school on Saturday June 1st.This event will take place at the Fir Park Social Club in Motherwell.
Bristol-based Alex Hutchings has extensive experience playing rock, funk, jazz and r’n’b and has toured throughout the UK, Europe and South Africa. He also composes music for BBC TV and radio, working on programmes such as I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Big Brother, Brainiac, and various documentaries and feature films with top producer/writers Grant Buckerfield, Sarah Class, Mark Collins to name a few. Alex has collaborated and toured with many top artists and musicians, making his television debut with the talented singer/songwriter Phil Barlow last year. Alex’s focus in the coming years is to continue growing and developing as a writer and to become immersed in as many fun, and challenging projects as time will allow.
This is a rare chance to learn from one of the best in the business. Alex will be on hand to answer any guitar or music career related questions you may have and most importantly you will witness his virtuosity in the flesh.
Alex is very much a fun player and this is going to be one fun masterclass. Tickets cost £35 + £1.39 booking fee. The demand for tickets is high. So high that we had to change the venue! So we strongly encourage you to book now to avoid disappointment. Click Buy Now to secure your ticket or contact us for more information.
Please arrive at 1.30pm. The class will run until 4.30pm
Alex will also be performing live with the WGL house band, Chunga's Revenge later that evening at the Fir Park Social Club. There will be other VERY special guests and the Lyle Watt Band and Crossfire will be sharing the bill. Check the poster below for more details.Masterclass attendees will not have to pay for entry to the gig. Not to be missed!
George Marios Masterclass - Saturday 23rd February 2013
Lick Library artist and Guitar Idol 2009 Finalist, George Marios (www.georgemarios.co.uk), delivered a fantastic masterclass at Wishaw Guitar Lessons on Saturday 23rd February 2013.
George covered many topics including:
Phrasing-Developing melodic awareness through limitation.
Developing Hybrid Picking-Development of the trademark intervallic style.
Melodic Variations over static platforms/progressions.
Working in the studio-A brief guide to session musicianship.
Creating exciting lines-Breaking away from cliches.
Q & A - Ask George anything about guitar playing and take this opportunity to learn from a virtuoso.
The masterclass was highly interactive with students being encouraged to plug in and play with George and the other attendees.
All attendees recieved the materials used throughout the class in PDF format as well as a copy of his 2009 album, 'Between Two Worlds'.
George also performed live in the evening with the Wishaw Guitar Lesson's house band, Chunga's Revenge! Keep your eyes peeled for footage!
Bass Day Workshop - Saturday December 1st
Interested in taking up the Bass guitar? Or fancy learning some new tips/techniques? Then this 'Bass Day' workshop in Wishaw will be the perfect event for you
Hosted by our resident bass tutor, David Lennon - and held at our Main Street studio - the day will entail all things Bass related.
Whether you are thinking of learning a new instrument, transferring your already existing guitar skills across to the bass guitar, looking for tips/advice on learning a new style, or just curious, David will ensure that you reach your goal
You will have the opportunity to meet other players and interact with them, and there will also be a chance to showcase your talents to the group at the end of the day!
The price for all this is just £5 for the full workshop.
So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with David or enquire at Wishaw Guitar Lessons for further details.
Call David on 07931 450 906.
Rick Graham Masterclass 3rd November 2012
Guitarist Magazine's 'Guitarist of the Year 2011', Rick Graham (www.rick-graham.co.uk), gave 15 lucky students a full day's masterclass straight from our studio on Wishaw Main Street.
Rick covered many topics with an emphasis on his approach to improvisation.
Each student recieved a complimentary copy of his album, Insideout along with all teaching materials from the day and more.
Rick's teaching methods are in demand from publications such as iGuitar magazine as well as the wildly popular Lick Library website and it was an absolute honour to have him come and spend the day at Wishaw Guitar Lessons.
Afterwards, we hosted an evening of live music in Girdwoods lounge where our band, Chunga's Revenge were delighted to share the stage with Rick Graham, Mark Mcguigan and Lyle Watt for some fun jamming! We also got local guitar student Jim Findlay up to jam with the band. Jim is 65 and has been playing only 3 years and we were delighted to share the experience with him!
What Mark Mcguigan(www.mastertheguitar.co.uk)had to say about the day - "Another great masterclass at Wishaw Guitar Lessons, who again have managed to bring the World's best players to share their knowledge and craft for our benefit!"
Yamaha Music School educator, Rowan J Parker (www.rowanjparker.com)had this to say - "Rick Graham's workshop was exceptional. both for it's content and the relaxed and engaging way Rick presented it. It was highly interactive as well, with the participants given ample opportunity to try out the concepts that were explained. All the attendees were given a pile of extra material on DVD to take away as well, making this a thoroughly worthwhile day."
Tom Quayle Masterclass 4th August 2012
Leeds guitar sensation, Tom Quayle (www.tomquayle.co.uk) travelled all the way to Wishaw to give 10 lucky students an all day masterclass.
From 10am to 4.30pm, Tom covered many topics and lifted the lid on his own thought processes when playing.
Invaluable lessons from a true master and an all round nice guy.
After the masterclass, Tom formally opened Wishaw Guitar Lesson's new premises on the Main Street in Wishaw.
Glenfiddich were on hand to host a nosing and tasting session which went down a treat.
We also raised over £400 for Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust on behalf of Wishaw resident, Donna Warnock.
Glenfiddich donated a few bottles for the raffle and helped raise this money!
Easter Weekend Guitar Extravaganza
Our first ever event was the Easter Weekend Guitar Extravaganza which took place in The Commercial Hotel, Wishaw.
The event ran on the 7th and 8th of April 2012 and featured workshops from 8 great teachers. The workshops were interspersed with live music and interactive student activities.
Below you can see some pictures and words from students about the event.
Review of the event by Laura Millar - "Andy, just wanted to say well done and thanks for really enjoyable and informative weekend at the Guitar Extravaganza. The standard of the workshops and demos were truly first class. All of the tutors were hugely knowledgable and had the ability to encourge and inspire. Each of the attendees I spoke to had taken something from the sessions whether they were beginners or had been playing for 20 years. Looking forward to next years!"
Review of the event by Stuart Ferguson - "Great weekend of lessons and a very low pressure environment. Excellent teachers who were willing to listen as well as talk and were very approachable. If you didn't understand something or wanted to know more they where more than happy to take you to one side and go over whatever was troubling you. Also excellent live jams and a rather good buffet was provided as well. "
Local legends, Crossfire playing Southern Woman at the Easter Weekend Guitar Extravaganza.