Theory Classes !
The Theory of Contemporary Melody and Harmony- Music theory taught by Jason Wilcox.
A user-friendly introductory guide to the mechanics of music. This course will teach you how to understand
melody and harmony. You will learn aspects of notation, chord voicing, harmony and some arrangement
skills. We will cover scale and chord construction and how to interpret chord charts, as well as look at come common
chord changes in music. We will learn how to use key signatures, time signatures and cover basic notation.
Time - 4-530pm
Sunday July 6th and 13th
Taught in two parts, 2x90 minute sessions.
Location - Rockland Creative Music Centre - 18a Bombay Sy, Ngaio, Wellington.
You will need - clearfile, manuscript paper, pencil, eraser and a clipboard.
Cost $40 for the 2 sessions, includes light refreshment at halftime.
Spaces limited, rsvp to
Catch him at Rockland every Thursday! Check out more about Steve here.
Time for New Strings ? Probably !
Restring time? If you haven't changed your strings for 3 months, you should do it. If they are looking dirty, changing colour, or sounding dull, its time to change 'em. Over time, all guitar strings stretch out and get dirty. Steel strings rust, and bronze strings tarnish.
All of these conditions cause that once bright responsive sound and great sustain to disappear. As strings decay, so does their sound. But it may happen so gradually that you don't notice... until you replace them, or you hear someone else play with newer strings.
There's nothing like playing with a new set of strings on your favorite guitar!
How often should you replace guitar strings?
The answer depends on several factors: the quality of the strings now on your guitar; how often and how roughly you play; how clean and oil free your hands are; if you wipe down the strings after you play; if your guitar is kept in a relatively normal air environment. If you break a string, and the strings are more than a few weeks old, its probably best to change the lot so you get an even match. Keep any good ones you remove as spares.
Some guitar strings stretch out relatively quickly. Some players strum or bend strings harder or farther. Some people have naturally oily skin. You can control these factors to some extent.
- Quality strings will not stretch out as quickly.
- You probably will not want to adjust your style to protect strings, but be aware that how you play is a factor.
- Reduce Grime! Wash hands before, and wipe strings down after use. Clean fretboard when changing strings.
For current Rolckland students, I will do your restring for $25 (acoustics) or $20 (electrics) including the strings, a clean and polish!
You can learn how to do it yourself at the same time, I'm very happy to show you how to do it. Every player should learn how to do this, and do it regularly :-)