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October 1, 2008

Rockschool... Places Available!

Okay, so this sucks.

The new WAES (Westminster Adult Education Service) course "Rockschool - Electric Guitar Skills" was supposed to start last week, but it was postponed until tomorrow. I just heard that it's been bumped by another week. Why? Well, it seems that in order for it to be viable from a budget point of view they need 8 students and so far they only have 5 people signed up. I just spoke with Hilary Robinson, the music department Course Team Leader as WAES, and she said that she's working to get a couple more people in so that they can run it. They've printed up some postcards. Have you seen one? Me neither. I figure I'd post something here to see whether I can drum up interest myself.

So, if you read this blog and are interested in getting cheap instruction in a group setting then please, please, please, contact Hilary (Tel: 020 7641 7891) and sign up. If you want more info then feel free to contact me and I'll tell you what I can. I've been on a WAES course before and it was pretty damn good. You can check out their website here.

"This course is designed for people with a little previous experience of playing the electric guitar who would like to develop their skills and prepare for a Rockschool Electric Guitar grade exam in a year of lessons. Rockschool syllabus materials and exam fees are included in the course price."

You basically get weekly 2-hour group sessions, 6-8pm in Pimlico/Victoria for a 28-week academic year at a cost of around £280. Do the maths... that's professional guitar teaching by Alistair Pope (his website is here) at £5 an hour. You also get to play in a small group setting, meet other guitarists, interact, exchange ideas... all good stuff.

Plus, you get to improve in a structured fashion and take an exam at the end. I'm certain they'll give you a certificate which you can frame and hang in your bathroom, too...

C'MON! WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED?

Ok, look... FINAL OFFER. If you sign up and the course goes ahead... I'll buy you a frikkin' beer, alright?

3 comments:

Dave Jacoby said...

Sorry. Sounds neat, but the commute is just a bit much for me.

Kenski said...

It's not that far. I'm thinking of popping around to your place to fill up my bike with gas, anyway! I can give you a lift if you want?

PS Might I suggest bringing a packed lunch or two for the trip?

Dave Jacoby said...

Speaking of bikes and trips, I used to live in South Dakota, and one summer I met some Germans who came to America, bought Harleys, drove around and worked at a relative's farm, had the bikes shipped to Germany, and, I'm told, sold them for outrageous amounts of green.

Anyway, I met them at the 7-11, where they were looking at the concert listings in Rolling Stone, wondering how long it would take to drive to Detroit. I told them it was probably about 18 hours of solid driving. The vastness of America blew their minds.