Rutland

Acoustic instrument players

In 2013 we wondered if there were any frustrated acoustic instrument players tucked away in our membership who would like the opportunity to play and learn together and a friendly inclusive group has been meeting fortnightly ever since. We recognise that we are learners at different levels and our experience so far shows that playing music with others helps us all to develop and it is good fun too.

There is no need to be a very accomplished musician, but skilled individuals are obviously most welcome and needed too. If you want to get together and make some music, you fit the target membership of this group; even if you are a returner who used to 'play a bit' and fancy picking it up again.

The styles of music played are as diverse as members wish - folk, jazz, blues, classical, pop, bluegrass, heavy metal?!? - as long as it can be played on portable acoustic instruments. Just get in touch to express an interest, dig out your acoustic guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, autoharp, dobro, banjo, resonator, cajon or whatever and let's play! Although we began with mainly fretted instruments we would welcome relaxed players of other types of acoustic instruments too.

It is a big step for a player to go from solo lessons and practising at home to playing with other people but it is very rewarding and leads to a definite improvement in playing skills. We are happy to play almost any type of music from folk songs through bluegrass and ‘60s classics to modern originals.

From 2016 we moved our meetings to Empingham Cricket & Social Club so we can accommodate our growing number of players. Members are asked to make a small sessional contribution for the room hire.

Do feel free to contact me at any time by clicking on the 'carrier pigeon' icon on this page. Maybe arrange to drop in and join us for taster session?

(Page last updated 23/09/2019)

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