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Weekend Writing Workshops

by Grum Frith
Weekend Writing Workshops

14th – 16th June

with the NZ Society of Authors

Beginning Writing with Kathleen Gallagher Friday 14th 7-9pm

Plotting with Michelle Clark McConnochie Saturday 15th 10am-12noon

Creating Characters with Jenny Hawthorn Saturday 15th 1-3pm

Freelance Journalism with Jill McCaw Saturday 15th 3.15-5.15pm

Getting Published with Jenny Hawthorn Sunday 16th 10am-12noon

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Learn to Play Boogie Woogie Piano with Jan Preston

by Grum Frith
Learn to Play Boogie Woogie Piano with Jan Preston

JAN PRESTON’s workshop Learn To Play Boogie and Blues Piano takes piano players, elementary and advanced, on a journey towards playing the exciting and uplifting style of Boogie/Blues Piano.

 

Participants will learn the many left hand “8-to-the-bar” patterns on which the right hand can improvise, learning to dig into the groove with confident timing, whilst simplifying or embellishing the bass to suit your hand and ability.

 

And having fun!

 

Workshops ideally have a capacity of around 12 players with access to a keyboard or piano each or between them.

 

By the way, it’s also possible to add lyrics to the boogie/blues beat, so players may even want to write their own song!

 

The workshop runs about one hour and Jan will hand out notes which can be taken away and used as follow up.

 

 

JAN PRESTON has been a professional piano player, singer and composer for more than 40 years. She has taught film composition at the Australian Film School in Sydney where she lives, as well as conducting many piano workshops at festivals throughout Australia and NZ.  From a background in classical music with a long-term interest in composition and song writing, Jan has won 5 music awards for her soundtracks and CDs, and performs side by side with the greatest contemporary boogie piano players in the world today.

She is the co-author of a tutoring book She Plays Boogie and Blues Piano published through Tredition in Germany.

 

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Songwriting with Charlotte Yates

by Grum Frith
Songwriting with Charlotte Yates

I’m a singer-songwriter with seven albums of my own and multiple collaborative releases. I also work as a songwriting coach running workshops, clinics and inhouse retreats through my service songdoctor.co.nz. More info www.charlotteyates.com

Songwriter Starter Pack  – set yourself up to write your best songs everyday with an insider’s view on what you need to get started successfully.

 

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Saxophone Section Workshop with Lana Law

by Grum Frith
Saxophone Section Workshop with Lana Law

Ever wondered how those professional Big Bands sound so good?  It’s the little things that make the difference in a saxophone section.  Lana Law lifts the curtain on how to play better as a section.  In this workshop you will discover the secrets of phrasing, length of notes, articulation, blending and balance. Dynamics are key, and Lana will talk about when to follow the leader and how to take charge of the melody line.

Bring your saxophone and be ready to play!

Lana Law picked up the baritone sax at 13 at Burnside High School and knew it was the right instrument for her straight away. After completing her Bachelor of Music (BMus) Degree in Jazz Performance at Massey University she spent time touring the world as a professional musician. Her passion is teaching students and groups, both privately and as an itinerant music teacher and Band Director in schools.  Lana is the co-founder and Music Director of NZ’s first female big band The All Girl Big Band, and Music Director of the Garden City Big Band. She is in high demand as a session musician for many different types of bands, CD recordings and shows. ….’

 

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Creative Writing with Leslie McKay

by Grum Frith
Creative Writing with Leslie McKay

 

“Leslie’s classes inspire writers at all stages—aspiring and seasoned writers find ongoing benefits from her approach—all that’s necessary is a desire to write creatively.

She has designed some very effective exercises to get the writing flowing, so there’s no room for blocks or excuses.

Leslie’s a poet and teacher of creative writing. In 2016 she won the Caselberg

International Poetry Prize. She teaches what she loves and finds success with.

Her Buddhist based writing practice has been known to leave conventional

writing for dead. Her classes inspire writers of all ages, aspiring and seasoned

writers all find on going benefits from her approach – all that’s necessary to

write creatively

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The Great NZ Sing In with Lisa Tui & Jillie Toogood

by Grum Frith

‘The Great NZ Sing In’ is an ALL Welcome, ALL Abilities Workhshop Choir – that celebrates New
Zealand music in Song. Over the weekend the group will sing popular New Zealand songs in
harmonies that are easy and fun to launch into. With the support of Lisa Tui and crew the
sessions will be like singing at a party only better and cooler! Lisa will include vocal teaching
points along the way, helping the novice and the pro to bring the best out of their singing
abilities while having a great time being part of the music making.

Lisa Tui has been teaching singing for 18 years and singing and performing on stages for 34.  A Singer/Songwriter, Lisa is keen to share and promote NZ music and generate opportunities for people to enjoy music and singing as a means to affirm well-being, community connection and identity. Lisa predominantly works with adult singers assisting them to sing with more skill and
confidence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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French Polishing

by Grum Frith
French Polishing

10-12th May

With Mike Fullen

 

Learn the basics of preparing and the skills of French Polishing, stripping, sanding and colour matching.

Extra stuff you will need:

 

A charge of $50 extra and your tutor will provide extra items.

Mike Fullen: Has been in the Furniture polishing industry for over 30 years., and is the owner of Seatons French Polishers.

 

 

 

 

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Upholstery

by Grum Frith
Upholstery

10th-12th May

With Steve McDonald

 

www.qualityfurniture.co.nz

Steve has been an Upholsterer fro over 30 years, and has been teaching for over 18 years. He is looking forward to teaching at the Autumn School for the second year in a row.

 

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