Archive for April, 2015

Exam Concert

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Each year our students present exams for both the Royal School of Music and Trinity College. To help them better prepare, it has become traditional to host a small concert where our students perform their exam pieces. It’s also a good chance for them to hear the other students play their instruments and get together for a small party.

This year’s concert will be held on Saturday May 16th at 12h at the Bar in the Teatre Lliure. The students need to be at the venue at 11.15h to set up and tune their instruments.
To cover venue hire and enjoy an aperitif at the end of the concert each accompanying person will be charged a small attendance fee of 4e.

You can make the payment to the secretary when you come to school, or a transfer to our account number, don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries!

Bring family and friends to enjoy your music!
See You There!

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Have you ever wanted to know what it might be like to audition for a world famous band? Recently I read the account of American guitarist Ben Levin as he relived his experience of auditioning to be a musician for Lady Gaga on her international arena tour. It’s a fascinating telling of how he prepared for the audition and what he learned during the experience. He writes a great account of things you may be interested to note, if you ever find yourself in a similar position.

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“I walked up to the amp, plugged in, and stated in a monotone, ‘Hello my name is Ben Levin and I am going play ‘Summerboy’ by Lady Gaga.’ Then I screamed, ‘ONE!!!!!! TWO!!!!! THREE!!!!! FOUR!!!!!!!!’ and began to play ‘Summerboy’ as if it was a cut off of a Rage Against The Machine record.” Ben writes. Check out the full story on his here, and don’t forget to leave him a comment if you enjoyed his tale. What famous band would dream of playing for?

Many of us wish to play our favourite songs, but where can you find reliable chords and tabs for guitar online? With a little searching you can almost find everything you need and we are here to help. The following short list show some places you can look for the piece of music you want to try to master. Remember that the chords and tabs are not always the original, so you may have to improve on them yourself.

If you are a student of Shine School of Guitar, you can always work on a piece with your teacher. They have years of experience both writing original music and, you can be sure, hunting for tabs to practise for themselves!

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TOP 5 ONLINE GUITAR TAB & CHORD RESOURCES:

OLGA The Online Guitar Archive– The original (and first) online resource for tablature. The website is no longer updated. This is an archive of the archive.
Songsterr – You have to have a subscription, but you can also access this on your mobile phone. Very handy!
Jellynote – A nicely designed website with over 150 000 songs available. If you sign up, there are also many excellent practise exercises available.
Chordie – plenty of chords, tabs with lyrics on this website. The pages are also easy to print for playing.
Cifra Club – a Brazilian website, available in both Spanish and Portuguese, the website has many useful videos showing tabs while they are being played on guitar. You will find all kinds of Brazilian and Spanish music, as well as popular songs. The website also has downloads for your phone.