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Creative Vacances - Class of 2011

Fancy a wonderful holiday in relaxed surroundings with amazing cuisine, swimming pool and great company and having fun learning more about playing the mandolin?
Then this is the course for you  - Creative Holiday Courses in La Moreau, Charente Maritime, France

Mandolin and Guitar Residential Workshop 29th May - 4th June 2016

Dave Griffiths and Jim Reynolds in La Moreau, France


About the Workshop:

This year Dave is teaming up with singer/guitarist Jim Reynolds to provide an in depth look at Folk Blues and Ragtime for both mandolin players and guitarists. Dave and Jim bring a wealth of experience in performing and teaching to create a truly exciting experience for players of both instruments in the beautiful surroundings of La Moreau in the Charente Maritime region of France.

Dave and Jim will teach both separately and together allowing students individual attention on their instrument and then bringing players together to share and combine their experiences. 

For mandolin players Dave will be focussing on melody, accompaniment and some  improvisation.
For guitarists Jim will be teaching his wonderful blues and ragtime  fingerstyle.
All culminating in playing and singing together by the end of the week.

About the Tutors:

“Dave and Jim have been working together since the late 70's.  Dave Griffiths is a Musician, Mandolin Teacher, Arranger and Composer. He is a renowned blues, choro and jazz mandolin player and a respected mandolin teacher and workshop leader. Jim Reynolds is a guitarist and singer whose stunning guitar playing delivers blues, ragtime, old fashioned ballads and some wonderful instrumentals. Together they generate a boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm for the music they clearly enjoy.”
Players should have at least two years playing experience and have a good knowledge of the fingerboard and knowledge of chords.  The ability to read music will be an advantage but is not essential. Teaching materials will include lyrics, chord charts and exercises in notation and TAB. These will be available as PDF files for students to print out in advance of the course.

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Wouldn’t miss it after this years experience. It was fantastic, great hosts, location idyllic, music mindblowing, company and food delectable. Plus it sounds like a logical progression – it means I will have to work hard on my mando techniques to keep up” Dave

"Wonderful teaching, company, location, food and accommodation, bonded together by a unique and special atmosphere."  Sally

"Thank you all for a brilliant week - great company, great music making, great tuition, great food, great fun!" Francis