Free Guitar Frenzy Workshop: The Guitarist Arsenal – Riffs, Scales & Gear

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We’ve all heard the guitar called an ax before, but it is more than just a brute force instrument. There is, in fact, a full Guitarist Arsenal compromising of Riffs, Scales & Gear!

Join Marius Krüger as he explores the full Guitarist Arsenal of Riffs, Scales & Gear in this FREE Guitar Frenzy workshop.

When: 18 November 2017
Where: DV Village Kimberley
Shop 54 North Cape Mall
Memorial Road,
Royldene
Time: 10H00

Who Should Attend

This workshop is aimed at the intermediate to an advanced guitarist who is looking to expand their existing knowledge. The beginner can, of course, learn a thing or two if they decide to come along.

What to Expect

Marius will discuss a wide variety of topics all aimed to elevate your playing to the next level. More specifically he will look into:

How to utilize riffs and scales in your own music
Building finger strength using RIGHT and LEFT hand techniques
The basic structures of songwriting and harmonic chordal progressions
How to find your perfect tone – Amp and FX settings

After this, he will present a practical gear demo on his use of the Boss Loop Station.

He will end the workshop with a live performance and a Q&A session.

If you want to be kept in the loop about other workshops, be sure to [join our mailing list]. Or, [click here] to check out the rest of our Guitar Frenzy 2017 Workshops.

More About Marius

Krüger frontman Marius Krüger is a multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist, born and bred in the Diamond city (Kimberley).

Combining a decade of singing experience with almost 2 decades of guitar playing experience, resulted in an artist who can not only hold his own as a vocalist and songwriter, but his guitar playing and live performance have left many crowds pleasantly surprised and wanting more.

If you want to read more about one of Kimberley’s favorite sons, check out his full artist profile [here].

Free Guitar Frenzy Workshop: The Versatile Bassist

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All a bass player needs to do is play the root note. Right? While, technically, yes, that is right, it doesn’t exactly produce a Versatile Bassist. If you want to be a Versatile Bassist, come to the FREE workshop.

This workshop is being presented by Chadleigh Gowar, one of the most Versatile Bassists in South Africa. He will discuss everything you need to know to get your bass playing to the next level.

When: 18 November 2017
Where: Paul Bothner Music Somerset West
Shop 16, Checkers Centre
c/o Main & Gordons Street
Time: 11H00

Who Should Attend

Bass is more than just an accompanying instrument. It has a massive range of tones and stylistic variety that can really make your music “pop”. This workshop is for any bass player who wants to be more than just a root note player.

If you want to stand out in your duo or trio, or if you want to explore solo playing, then this is the workshop you’ve been waiting for.

If you want to be kept in the loop about other workshops, be sure to [join our mailing list]. Or, [click here] to check out the rest of our Guitar Frenzy 2017 Workshops.

What to Expect

During this workshop, Chadliegh will discuss a variety of topics, broken down into three sections. More specifically he will look at:

1) The role of the bass player in different setups.
Bass players in a Duo or Trio setup.
Bass players in a quartet and full band setup.
2) Solo bass Playing
Composing
Improvising
3) Musicality
Approach
Versatility
Feel

More About Chadleigh

Chadleigh Gowar was born in Hanover Park, Cape Town, South Africa. He started playing bass guitar at 11 years old, playing in church and later with Gospel bands in and around the Western Cape.

Chadleigh has played with Jannie Moolman, Richard Ceasar, Ramon Alexander, Celeste Williams, Kani Naidoo, Les Javan, Melanie Scholtz, Gift Gwe, Brandon October, Bianca le Grange, Rouchelle Liedemann, Sandile Cele, Trevor Sampson and Janine Neethling.
He has also collaborated with phenomenal bass players such as Sammy Webber and Jonathan Rubain.

Chadleigh is a founding member and band leader of “The Comrades”, a band with a unique and fresh sound with the goal to inspire and motivate others.

He released his debut single “Mr. Africa” in 2012 and is planning to
record his full album.

Three Piece Musical Masterclass

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SAMA Award Winner Albert Frost

Join three of the most accomplished musicians in South Africa for this one of a kind masterclass!

That’s right! As a once off workshop, Albert Frost, Westly Rustin, and Jonno Sweetman will be joining forces. This is a once off Guitar Frenzy event. Space is limited and we anticipate a large turnout, so be sure to arrive early if you want a seat.

When: Saturday 18 November 2017
Where: Paul Bothner Music N1 City
Shop 71, N1 Value Centre
Goodwood
Time: 12H00
FREE ENTRY

What To Expect

The once-off trio will be presenting a range of topics, all roughly themed around improvisation. More specifically they will look into and discuss:

How to get a balance between your musicians, the sound, and the room.
Using your gear to express yourself musically with the band environment
Expanding your sound: For this section, each of the three will talk individually. So you will learn the specifics of how each of the trio members achieves their individual tone.
How to read an audience and engage accordingly


The Bass Master, Wesley Rustin

After they, they will open the discussion up to the floor for a Q&A segment.

If you want to be kept in the loop about other workshops, be sure to [join our mailing list]. Or, [click here] to check out the rest of our Guitar Frenzy 2017 Workshops.

 

More About Albert

Albert Frost is a familiar and respected feature of the South African blues-rock music scene.

For the past two decades, the energetic performances of this accomplished guitarist have dazzled audiences as he deftly alternates between rhythm and lead, while showcasing acoustic and electric guitars. His first love is blues, stemming from the influence of his long relationship with the Blues Broers with whom he has performed since 1994.

April 2016 saw the release of his much anticipated third solo album, The Wake Up, which, according to Frost, signals the “start of a new journey” for him. In a departure from Frost’s blues roots, The Wake Up explores various musical avenues and lyrical content to create something he says will surprise and excite his fans. The album won in the coveted Best Rock Album category at the 2017 SAMA Awards.

Click the link download his full biography
Albert-Frost-Biography-2017-18.pdf (11 downloads)


The Man, The Legend: Jonno Sweetman.

More About Westly

Wesley Rustin was born and raised in Cape Town. He is a self-taught musician and started his acoustic guitar endeavor at the age of six.

He performed regularly in church, where his father was the pastor. At thirteen, he started playing drums and later moved on to play the electric bass guitar.

In 1990, he studied jazz at MAPP (Music Action for People’s Progress), this was his formal introduction to jazz music. After he studied at MAPP, he played mainly weekends and one or two nights a week due to his day job.

In 2001, Wesley Rustin seized the opportunity to perform professionally and ever since managed to remain one of the busiest bass players in town.

Click the link download his full biography
Wesley-Rustin-boi.pdf (15 downloads)

Tone, Feel and Dynamics – The Secret of the Blues

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Do you play the Blues? How good is your tone, feel, and dynamics? If you feel like you could polish your blues a bit more, then join Basson Laubscher as he discusses The Secret of the Blues.

When: 11 November 2017
Where: Paul Bothner Music Stellenbosch
Shop 1 and 2, De Watergracht West Building
3 Merriman Avenue
Time: 11H00

Learning a 12-bar progression and the Blues Scale will allow any player to play a basic blues idea. But, mastery of the form takes years of dedication, and stories to tell.

But, no matter what level you are at, SOUNDING like you’re playing the blues can be achieved easily enough. Assuming you know what to do. This workshop is all about tone: The Secret of the Blues.

Who Should Attend

This is the perfect workshop for anyone who wants to learn how to sound like a blues player. No matter what your skill level is, you will be able to refine your tone.

What to Expect

The purpose of this workshop is all about tone. How to make your sound stand out, and be good. To this end Basson will specifically look into:

The difference between Strats and Teles (and other well-known models and brands)
Distortion vs Overdrive – when to apply which
FX chain on pedalboard, do’s and don’ts
Pickups – explained and demonstrated
Slide technique and Phrasing

If you want to be kept in the loop about other workshops, be sure to [join our mailing list]. Or, [click here] to check out the rest of our Guitar Frenzy 2017 Workshops.

More About Basson

Basson Laubscher was born and raised in the beautiful town of Stellenbosch where many of the country’s top artists and music legends stemmed from.

He was brought up in a diversely musical house where the music ranged from Abba, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters to Beethoven.

Exploring Diversity in Music

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Monotony is seldom used as a good description. In music, monotony can literally kill your career, long before it even gets a chance to get off the ground. This is why it’s important to look into Exploring Diversity in Music.

Mauritz Lotz will be presenting this workshop. Lotz is one of the most prolific session musicians in South Africa. Over a career that has spanned over 30 years, Lotz has played on over four thousand recordings. He is, therefore, more than qualified to teach you more about Exploring Diversity in Music.

When: 11 November 2017
Where: Jean Village Music
Shop 3 Jean Village Shopping Centre
Corner Jean Avenue & Gerhard Street
Pretoria
Time: 11H30

Who Should Come

Anyone and everyone! This workshop, while focused on guitarists, can benefit any musician who takes their craft seriously. If you’re just a beginner you will learn more information than you could hope to remember.

Been playing for some time already? Maybe you’re even a pro or semi-pro already. Are you in a rut musically speaking? Then take this opportunity to move forward in your career!

What to Expect

Mauritz will cover a range of topics, all focused on Exploring Diversity in Music. More specifically he will look into:

The Value of Diversification
Exploring Genres
Psycology of playing music
Finding the “missing lick”

If you want to be kept in the loop about other workshops, be sure to [join our mailing list]. Or, [click here] to check out the rest of our Guitar Frenzy 2017 Workshops.

Robin Gallagher Performance Workshop

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Robin Gallagher is one of the very few clinicians to be internationally endorsed by Fender Guitars. He will be presenting a performance workshop on what sets his style apart – hybrid picking.

Where: Paul Bothner Music Plumstead
Shop G7 Richmond Centre,
Main Road,
Plumstead
When: 11 November 2017
Time: 11H00

Are you a fan of country music and amazing guitar playing in general? If so, then this is the workshop for you.

Hybrid Picking
Hybrid picking is a mixture of fingerpicking and using a pick. It is primarily found in country music. Despite its country origins, the style has made its way into everything from jazz to heavy metal.

Robin’s style of fingerpicking is simple to explain but tough to learn. It is the kind of style that, once mastered, will “level up” your playing!

When Robin was just learning to play the guitar he was lazy and didn’t want to learn how to alternate pick. So instead, he played all his down strokes with his pick and played his upstrokes with his middle and ring finger.

According to Robin, this made him a much faster player.

Hybrid picking allows a player to be as fast as a pick player but offers a new variety of tonal and note options. Some of the big advantages of hybrid picking are the ability to seamlessly weave together arpeggios on non-adjacent strings or to simultaneously pick all the notes of a chord to give you more of a piano tonality.

By cutting down on the total number of pick strokes you need, you are able to create a more fluid sound. Some of the great players who have used and popularised the technique are Johnny Hiland, Guthrie Govan and Eric Johnson. So by learning hybrid picking, you will be in good company!

If you want to be kept up to date with all our future workshops, sign up for our weekly E Newsletter.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of our Guitar Frenzy Workshops [here].

More about Robin

Robin is a master guitarist in addition to being the Fender South Africa brand manager. He is a master of hybrid picking and country sounds, yet his music is accessible and easy to listen to. For that reason, he is always a pleasure to watch and to learn from.

Stimulating Use of Effects For All Genres of Music

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This workshop is aimed all bass players, guitarists or other instrumentalists who want to take a creative journey into exploring what effects and synthesizers can do your playing.

You are invited to join a free workshop on Stimulating Use of Effects for All Genres of Music at Paul Bothner Music in Tygervalley. The workshop will be presented by local bass and recording legend, Alistair Andrews.

When: 4 November 2017
Where: Paul Bothner Music Tygervalley
For more info, call Alistair on 021-761-4828 or email info@bothner.co.za
Time: 11H00

Stimulating Use of Effects for All Genres of Music

This workshop is aimed all bass players and guitarists who want to take a creative journey into exploring what effects and synthesisers can do your playing.

If you want to be kept in the loop about other workshops, be sure to [join our mailing list]. Or, [click here] to check out the rest of our Guitar Frenzy 2017 Workshops.

Whether you are considering buying effects for the first time, or if you’ve been using them for years, there is something for everyone.

Not a guitarist or bass player? You can still learn a wealth of information from Alistair. Learning what effects guitarist and bass players use, may inspire you to add something new and interesting to your vocal lines. In addition, knowing what effects and synths create specific sounds will empower any songwriting. After all, Knowlege is Power.

Topics for the Workshop

1) Effect Chains

Do you place your distortion pedal before your delay? Where should your looper sit?

2) Authentic Use of Effects

By learning how to fully utilise your effects, you will be able to create a better tone for yourself.

3) The Overuse/Incorrect Use of Effects

When using a new toy, like a multi-effects unit, there is always a danger of overusing effects and ruining your song or your performance

4) Looping and Delays

Looping is a powerful tool for “adding extra band members”. It can also be very useful for practicing.

5) Different Types of Synthesis

Come and explore the wide array of synthesis options available.

6) Conventional and Unconventional Effects

Take a walk through all the commonly used effects, and then explore some of the less commonly used effects like the slicer or harmonizer!

Crafting Riffs and Writing Songs

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Lias de Lange & Emile de Jong from The Narrow killing it on stage

Music is about self-expression. Sure, you could express yourself through the music of others, but the most personal and deep form of self-expression comes in Crafting Riffs and Writing Songs.

So you know a few chords and scales, but have no idea how to Craft Riffs or Writing Songs? Then join Emile De Jong (The Narrow) for this FREE Guitar Frenzy workshop.

If you want to be kept in the loop about other workshops, be sure to [join our mailing list]. Or, [click here] to check out the rest of our Guitar Frenzy 2017 Workshops.

When: 4 November 2017
Where: Jean Village Music
Shop 3 Jean Village Shopping Centre
Corner Jean Avenue & Gerhard Street
Time: 10H30

Who Should Attend

Anyone who needs some tips or inspiration for songwriting. Emile has shown through the years to be an incredibly competent writer, so you are found to learn some new tricks and tips.

What to Expect

During this Workshop, Emile will go through his songwriting and riff writing process. He will:

Play through a few of The Narrow riffs and songs
Discuss how he goes about crafting riffs and ideas
Taking riffs and ideas into songs
The Gear he uses for The Narrow

After which he will open the floor to your questions and answers.

More About Emile

Emile De Jong is a guitar player and songwriter who has been performing live from the age of 15.

He was a founding member of the Afrikaans metal band “Not My Dog”. He is also a founding member of The Narrow.

“I love all types of music styles but nothing beats a good old kick-ass guitar riff and rock beat,” says De Jong.

His influences are Tom Morello, Wes Borland, Jeff Beck, Aaron Gillespie, Scott Henderson, Johnny Fourie, Floors.”

Modern Fingerstyle Guitar

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Fingerstyle guitar playing has always been a favorite amongst acoustic and electric guitarists alike. It has been said that fingerstyle playing gives players more expression. During this FREE workshop, Seb Goldswain will discuss the various aspects of his fingerstyle playing.

Where: Paul Bothner Music Claremont
Corner Central & Hawthorne Road
Cape Town
When: 4 November 2017
Time: 11H00
FREE ENTRY

Who Should Come

Anyone who wants to either break into fingerstyle playing, or who wants to refine their fingerstyle playing will benefit from this FREE workshop.

Not sure if fingerstyle playing is for you? Then come and check it out. Maybe this is exactly the workshop to answer that question one way or another.

What to Expect

During the course of this workshop, Seb will discuss the finer details of fingerstyle playing. He will, more specifically be looking at:

Playing with a thumb pick
Thumb Independence – moving your thumb without moving your other fingers
Improvisation Ideas for Fingerstyle Playing
Live acoustic guitar tone – getting that perfect fingerstyle tone from your guitar while playing live.
Professionalism, and what is expected from the Pro Musio.

If you want to be kept up to date with all our future workshops, sign up for our weekly E Newsletter.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of our Guitar Frenzy Workshops [here].

More About Seb

At the tender age of twenty-five, Seb Goldswain is already as one of the top performing guitar players in the country. Seb is a highly versatile musician. He has studied Jazz guitar and Composition (Hons) at UKZN.

Seb performs with his own original electric band. In addition, he regularly works with some of SA’s top established artists. He also performs his own highly energetic original solo acoustic set to wild reception.

Armed with either an acoustic guitar or with an electric guitar and a Marshall stack, Sebastian has the rare ability to wow and draw crowds into a frenzy with nothing but his original music, electric stage energy, and outstanding guitar playing.


Guitar Frenzy 2017

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A month dedicated to guitarists and bass players! Join us for once-a-year deals on ALL our guitar gear, free music workshops hosted by top South African musicians, and an awesome lucky draw! 


We’ve put ALL our guitar gear on Special for November!
Crazy deals on all guitars, amps, effects and accessories! Want to get an idea of what’s on offer [Click Here to See Example Offers Now!]
Each branch has a different selection of gear, so it will be worth your while to visit multiple stores!
Looking for something specific? Contact us for more information.

Win a BOSS RC-3 Loop Station Pedal

To enter, all you need to do is head to any Paul Bothner Music or Village Music store and fill in an entry form! Entry is free to all


Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn a few tricks or a pro looking to refine your tone and technique, we have a workshop for you! Join some of South Africa’s biggest names in the music industry as they share their extensive knowledge with you.

We are hosting a workshop at each of our stores around the country, so be sure to find a workshop near you!

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Saturday 4th November 2017

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Modern Fingerstyle Guitar
Presented by: Seb Goldswain
Claremont Store, Cape Town
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Stimulating Use of Effects For All Genres of Music
Presented by: Alistair Andrews
Tygervalley Store, Cape Town
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Crafting Riffs and Writing Songs
Presented by: Emile De Jong
Jean Village Music, Centurion
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Saturday 11th November 2017

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Tone, Feel and Dynamics – The Secret of the Blues
Presented by: Basson Laubscher
Stellenbosch Store, Cape Town
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Exploring Diversity in Music
Presented by: Mauritz Lotz
Jean Village Music, Centurion
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Performance Workshop
Presented by: Robin Gallagher
Plumstead Super Store, Cape Town

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Monday 27th November 2017

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Bloemfontein Guitar Playoff Competition
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Saturday 18th November 2017

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The Versatile Bassist
Presented by: Chadleigh Gowar
Somerset West Store, Cape Town
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Three Piece Musical Masterclass
Presented by: Albert Frost, Wesley Rustin, Jonno Sweetman
N1 City Super Store, Cape Town
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The Guitarist Arsenal – Riffs, Scales & Gear
Presented by: Marius Kruger
DV Village Music, Kimberly
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Saturday 25th November 2017

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Lead and Rhythm Guitar: Cohesion & Symbiosis
Presented by: Atlantic South (Charles Knighton-Pullin & Gareth Howard)
Claremont Store, Cape Town
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The Art of Acoustic Guitar
Presented by: Kody Chetty
Glenwood Village Music, Durban
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Finding Tone: The Marriage of Guitar and Amp
Presented by: Luke Clayton (Parklands College)
Parklands Store, Cape Town
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The Philosophy of Metal Bass Guitar
Presented by: Tim Leibbrandt (Infanteria) and Marc Olwage (Zombies Ate My Girlfriend)
Tygervalley Store, Cape Town
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