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I invited Clare Cullen from the Ashtead Chiropractic Clinic, Surrey, to deliver a presentation at the latest guitar workshop in Dorking, June 2016. She spoke about posture, muscle use and the skeletal system and she highlighted what guitar players need to watch out for when practising or performing in order to keep the body healthy and functioning properly.

Lots of students had questions about their own particular needs (shoulder/ neck/hand and leg aches and pains) and she helped them by giving professional advice and demonstrating some relevant exercises; those of us that wanted, then tried these out! Mats, balls ... were distributed between us -  it was great fun and really useful!


The guest speaker for the April 2016 guitar workshop was the fabulous Melanie Spanswick (pianist). She gave a brilliant workshop about sight-reading and memorisation and everyone took away a lot of ideas. Coupled with my talk on fretboard knowledge and strategies to learn the fretboard more thoroughly, everyone felt more comfortable with the prospect of sight-reading by the end! Hugely enjoyable.

Ending 2015 with a swing, my Dorking guitar workshop centred on popular music arrangements for classical guitar. Having heard glorious singing to "What a Wonderful World!" in Louis Armstrong fashion, I had it humming around my head for days after! Other highlights for me were a Russian song beautifully sung with guitar accompaniment and a simple yet extremely effective Bob Dylan arrangement of "Blowin' in the Wind".

If you would like to join the regular workshops in Dorking, Surrey, please get in touch!
New guests and regulars always welcome, a range of skills can be accommodated.

The workshops are mostly for adults, but the younger players might be interested to know that I've just started a new hobby of home cake decorating! So I made these for the last workshop in June ...They didn't last long!

IF YOUR GUITAR SOCIETY would like a workshop presentation, please feel free to contact me and we can work out a tailor-made session to suit the needs of your members. Past themes have included aspects of technique, ear training, sight reading, effective practice etc. Students have described the workshops as informative, fun and motivational.

GUITAR SOCIETY REVIEWS:

The concert and workshop were both brilliant.” –   Canterbury Guitar Society

I really enjoyed your workshop for the Banbury guitar society, especially your helpful comments on the solos played, and of course, the ensemble piece.”

We became immediately aware that Fiona has a superb quality of tone and musical phrasing. This was also apparent in our workshop ... where she focussed on phrasing in the finest of details.” – Dorset Guitar Society