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***NEW!***
Bandoneon Clinic:

Learn how to take care of your instrument!

A practical Zoom class to help you understand Bandoneon Maintenance,
and how to repair minor problems yourself.

Every last Monday of the month, 18.30-20.30 Paris time (17.30-19.30pm British time), starting July 27th

Dear fellow Bandoneonistas,
We are now offering a monthly Repair and Maintenance session with world-renowned Bandoneon restorer Rocco Heins.
The session will be held in English and German - der Unterricht wird auf Deutsch und Englisch gehalten.

The topic for Monday 31st:
BANDONEON CHECK
We create a list of things that need regular maintenance or checking, so we can avert sudden problems.

**List of possible subjects for further events:
*Instrument maintenance:
Taking care of the bellows
Polishing your instrument
…and much more
*Solving minor problems:
A button gets stuck
A button falls off
A spring breaks
A reed breaks
A reed gets stuck
The cord of the air valve breaks
The spring of the air valve breaks
Mending holes in the bellows
Some notes make unwanted noises
Cutting leather straps
The button looses its mother-of-pearl
The spring of the buttons breaks
Squeaky sounds during playing
….and much more

(For large problems you are advised to take a 1-on-1 lesson, please get in touch)

*Who are the Workshops for?
The workshops are for anyone who is interested to learn about how to care for Bandoneons. You don’t have to be a Bandoneonist to take part in this class. It is useful but not necessary to have your own instrument with you.

*How will the workshops take place?
They will be held via Zoom. If you have an instrument with a problem, please take photos and/or sound/video footage and make a description of the problem in advance of the workshop. Please email them to roccoheins7@gmail.com and ruth.rozelaar@gmail.com
Please email us asap regarding your Bandoneon’s problems.

*Who is the Teacher?
Rocco Heins

*How much does it cost?
€20.
Please pay in advance of the workshop, using the reference ZOOM CLINIC (+the date):
For payment form the UK please use these details:
Account Holder: Rocco Heins
IBAN: GB80 TRWI 2314 7057 3630 09
Bank Address: TransferWise
56 Shoreditch High Street
London E16JJ, UK

For payments from anywhere else, please use the following details: Account Holder: Rocco Heins
IBAN: BE21 9671 5383 6003 Bank Address: TransferWise Europe SA
Avenue Marnix 13-17
Brussels
1000
Belgium
If you have any questions re payment, please contact Ruth

*What tools do I need, and where can I get them?
Below is a list of tools (in German and English) that may be useful to have to hand, please see the photo for reference.
1) Ein einfacher Tuschpinsel, etwa 1-1.5cm breit / A simple painting brush, about 1-1.5cm wide
2) Spatel, kann auch ein (selbstgemachter) Holzspatel sein. ~ 6mm breit / A spatula. Doesn’t have to be a metal spatula, can also be a (self-made) wooden spatula. ~ 6mm wide
3) Pattex universal, auch Schuhkleber genannt (Hier ist ein Link, Achtung - nur zur Ansicht! Das kann man viel billiger bekommen, als es da angeboten ist!) / Pattex Universal, also known as glue for shoes. Here is a link for reference, but careful - you can get this much cheaper elsewhere!
https://www.amazon.co.uk/PATTEX-GLUE-FOR-SHOES-50g/dp/B00DQ9U8VI/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=pattex&qid=1595239554&sr=8-3
4) Ein sauberes Putztuch / a clean rag
5) Flachzange / Flat nosed pliers
6) Ballistol.. Im Baumarkt oder online erhältlich. / Ballistol...available in DIY shops

*How do I join the workshop?
1) Please email ruth.rozelaar@gmail.com to register your interest.
2) On the day, to Join Zoom Meeting, Click https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2709747508?pwd=L0N3Z2FaY2d4L08yM3d6VEYrZThTQT09
Then enter the Password: 636363
OR
If you have the Zoom App:
Meeting ID: 270 974 7508
Password: 636363
*Please note: on all other Mondays of the month, we run a class on how to play Tango A La Parilla, led by Harry Dijkstra. You can find more info on the following link:
https://www.facebook.com/events/606160283427992/

 

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Piano:

Calling all piano players!

A La Parrilla exercises for Piano, every Tuesday on Zoom
A weekly group class with Mark Wyman, Tuesday afternoons at 17.00 Paris time (4pm British time), starting May 12th

Dear fellow Piano players,
We are now offering a weekly piano session with a Teacher, who will show us tips and tricks of making Tango come alive, away from the sheet music.

What is 'A La Parrilla'?
'A la Parrilla' is a way of playing Tango without fixed arrangements, either by heart, or playing from simple lead sheets which provide only the melody and chord symbols (similar to how Jazz is notated).

Who are the lessons for?
Piano players (a basic command of the instruments is a minimum requirement).
We will probably create two levels, depending on interest - one for people who have played Tango before and one for whom this is the first exposure to Tango. Please come to this first taster-session to assess your needs/level.
If you are interested but can’t make this day of the week/time of day, please get in touch to let us know!

How will the lessons work?
We meet using Zoom, an online platform. You will see and hear the teacher but no-one will hear you play (unless you chose to), which gives you the freedom to experiment without feeling exposed.
The sessions are practical - there will be plenty of opportunity to try out the exercises during the session, and you will receive a handout of the material to support your own practice during the week.
You will be able to ask questions in between the exercises.

Who is the Teacher?
Mark Wyman has played piano since age five. In 1988 he moved to San Francisco CA to continue his musical studies, graduating from San Francisco State University (Summa cum laude), and then Mills College (Dean's List) with a Master's in Piano Performance and Literature.
Mark has a very broad musical experience, from classical to punk, from pop to avant-garde, playing anything with keys or knobs, piano, organ, accordion, and many different synths. He has performed solo, and with many different groups across the entire musical spectrum.
Mark has toured around the US, and all over Europe, and studied and played tango in Buenos Aires. In San Francisco, Mark played with several tango groups: Strictly Tango, Tango #9, MonTango, and his own Quartet.
Mark currently lives in Amsterdam, performing, accompanying and teaching. He plays and conducts in musicals, with several tango groups, as well as working with many other choirs, singers and performers. Mark, under his company Delf Music, publishes The Tango Fake Books (http://harmonk.com).

How much does it cost?
Your first session this Tuesday is FREE - please join us to see if it is something you're interested in, no obligation to continue!
Following on from that, it costs €6 (or £5.50) per session.
Pay your fee by Thursday: Friday you will receive sheet music in advance of Tuesday's lesson.
You can also drop in without advance payment and receive the sheet music as a handout after the lesson.
Please contact me to get bank details.

How do I join?
All you need is a piano or keyboard and the following login data:
Click here
Password: 088655
OR, if you already have the app:
Meeting ID: 825 0393 8586
Password: 088655

*If you are new to this meeting, or would like to check your sound settings, please arrive 15 minutes earlier and I'll talk you through how to optimise your settings to receive good sound.

Salon Salon    

 

Bandoneon:

Meetup every Sunday on Zoom
14.00 Paris time (1pm British time), it's FREE!

Join us on Zoom today for a relaxed meeting of Bandoneonists, play us a tune you've been working on or just drop in to watch and listen:
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/649123926
OR, if you have the zoom app:
Meeting ID: 649 123 926

*If you are new to this meeting, or would like to check your sound settings, please arrive 15 minutes earlier and I'll talk you through how to optimise your settings to receive good sound.

 

A La Parrilla for Bandoneon, every Monday on Zoom
A class at 18.30pm Paris time (5.30pm British time), open to all levels

Join us for a group lesson on how to practice for Tango A La Parrilla on the Bandoneon. Our teacher Harry Dijkstra will introduce and practise 4 exercises with us. There will be a PDF handout after the lesson to remind you of the exercises.

What is 'A La Parrilla'?
'A la Parrilla' is a way of playing Tango without fixed arrangements, either by heart, or playing from simple lead sheets which provide only the melody and chord symbols (similar to how Jazz is notated).

Cost: €6 per session
Please contact me to get bank details.

How to join the meeting:
Click here
OR, if you have the app:
Meeting ID: 481 692 740
Password: 095714

*If you are new to this meeting, or would like to check your sound settings, please arrive 15 minutes earlier and I'll talk you through how to optimise your settings to receive good sound.

 

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