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Title: 'Thinking Outside The Box' workshop with Mel Biggs
Post by: MelonBox on July 31, 2017, 09:25:48 AM
Happy to announce the very first off-my-own-back workshop! There are a lot of workshops coming up for me but I am especially looking forward to this one.

'Thinking Outside The Box' is a workshop idea I've been working on for about a year or so and has been inspired by workshops I've attended and elements of my experience working as a professional musician.

Mixed ability orchestra workshop with Mel Biggs exploring rhythm, arrangement & extra-instrumental techniques.

Some of the themes we'll be exploring during the day:
- Relaxing around improvisation
- What else our instruments can give us apart from tuned sounds
- Building an arrangement around 1 tune
- Syncopation
- Harmony and second voices/melodies
- Right hand chords

Please note that this workshop is not suitable for absolute beginners. Participants should have at least a basic understanding of their instrument. More experienced players are very welcome to sign up.

Fee: £40pp upon booking. Places limited.
For bookings please contact Nigel Brace: nigelbrace@aol.com
For extra info please contact Mel Biggs: mel@melbiggsmusic.co.uk

Intrigued? Please sign up and share!
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/511290479210299/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D
Title: Re: 'Thinking Outside The Box' workshop with Mel Biggs
Post by: Lester on July 31, 2017, 10:23:21 AM
The Burton Institute, Winster DE4 2DQ
Title: Re: 'Thinking Outside The Box' workshop with Mel Biggs
Post by: David A on July 31, 2017, 01:57:01 PM
Would have loved to participate but I'll be a Hartlepool Folk Festival that weekend. 😩
Title: Re: 'Thinking Outside The Box' workshop with Mel Biggs
Post by: MelonBox on September 04, 2017, 04:00:11 PM
Only two places remaining!
Title: Re: 'Thinking Outside The Box' workshop with Mel Biggs
Post by: MelonBox on February 26, 2018, 10:20:57 AM
After a very successful event in Winster in October 2017, Thinking Outside The Box is back! The second Thinking Outside The Box workshop will take place on Sunday 20th May, right after the NE Melodeon Playgroup!

Thinking Outside The Box II will focus on dynamics, air and bellows control. We will explore playing loud and quiet and all that's in between. In this edition you will discover the art of bellows control, air button use and the ability to play quietly (yes, it is possible!) You'll take away new tools that craft feel, texture, rhythm and aural variety into your music.

COST: £40pp (full payment at time of booking to secure your place)
BOOKING: email workshops@melbiggsmusic.co.uk
ABILITY LEVELS: beginners, improvers, more experienced players. This event is not suitable for absolute beginners although the North East Melodeon Playgroup (19/05/18) can accommodate you if you wish to stay over to the Sunday.
LUNCH: not included in price but we can order in from the pub just down the road or you can bring your own.
ACCOMMODATION: There is the possibility of staying at the Scout camp until Monday morning. Camping or dorm room style. Low cost. TBC.

***MAKE A WEEKEND OF IT!***
On Saturday 19th the North East Melodeon Playgroup II event will be hosted at the same venue, with yours truly taking the improvers group (more details in the NE Melodeon Playgroup thread)

If you would like to do both events, please let either myself or Nigel know so we can keep our lists up to date!

More info: www.melbiggsmusic.co.uk
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1729874757083381/
Title: Re: 'Thinking Outside The Box' workshop with Mel Biggs
Post by: MelonBox on March 02, 2018, 04:50:23 PM
I have written a blog post about the deep dark origins of my ideas behind TOTB!

https://melbiggsmusic.co.uk/2018/03/02/thinking-outside-the-box-ii-20-05-2018/
Title: Re: 'Thinking Outside The Box' workshop with Mel Biggs
Post by: MelonBox on April 17, 2018, 11:22:59 AM
Fancy getting your sound to the next level, the creative juices flowing and learning a few new skills at the same time?

I'm running the second Thinking Outside The Box II workshop on May 20th in Whittonstall, Northumberland (Nr, Newcastle-upon-Tyne).

Check out the video and link in the description for more details! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRz4PP6LxdA

Let your friends know! Would be great to see you there 😁

[:]||| Mel |||[:]

Title: Re: 'Thinking Outside The Box' workshop with Mel Biggs
Post by: Nigel on May 06, 2018, 09:03:40 AM
Version II of this workshop still has places. It is on Sunday 20 May and is being run in conjunction with the North East Melodeon PlayGroup II (on the Friday and Sunday), which also has places.
Contact Mel or myself to talk about either event. You can PM me or email, nigelbrace@aol.com. To contact Mel go to www.melbiggsmusic.co.uk or  https://www.facebook.com/events/1729874757083381/. There is also a nice video on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRz4PP6LxdA 
Title: Re: 'Thinking Outside The Box' workshop with Mel Biggs
Post by: MelonBox on August 02, 2018, 01:23:52 PM
Booking is open for TOTB III in Winster, Derbyshire on 21st October 2018!

Full details and how to book here: https://wp.me/P8XyAz-qt

Looking forward to seeing lots of new and familiar faces on this event! I'm so pleased with how the two previous events have been received so far.

Mel  :|||: :||:
Title: Re: 'Thinking Outside The Box' workshop with Mel Biggs
Post by: MelonBox on September 05, 2018, 01:02:56 PM
ONLY 1 PLACE REMAINING FOR THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX III in Winster Derbyshire! Who will it be?!

Full details available here: https://wp.me/P8XyAz-qt
Title: Re: 'Thinking Outside The Box' workshop with Mel Biggs
Post by: MelonBox on September 19, 2018, 06:58:23 PM
Preparation materials for TOTBIII have been emailed! Check your inboxes (and your spam folders!) If you cannot find it for whatever reason, or are having trouble accessing the attachments, then do get in touch: workshops@melbiggsmusic.co.uk
Title: Re: 'Thinking Outside The Box' workshop with Mel Biggs
Post by: MelonBox on May 17, 2019, 01:55:50 PM
Prep materials went out this morning for TOTB IV! (Check your spam/junk folders in case it went there!)

Want to find out more about what this workshop will entail? Hear me talk about the workshop and my inspiration behind developing it (includes guest appearance from Queenie, my cat!)

https://youtu.be/xJPMnGoqwjc

Booking and info: workshops@melbiggsmusic.co.uk