29th July 2020

Solidarity Workshops FAQ

As I’m sure you’ve all realised during lockdown, sadly there is no technology that exists allowing us all to play together, listening to one another, and be in time. Nothing is fast enough without lagging a bit, making it impossible. As a result when we are playing, everyone’s mics will be muted, except for the teacher’s. As the teacher plays, we can play along at home, but be aware that no-one can hear us (which could be a good thing at times 😂). We can of course unmute microphones to ask questions.

All the teachers will be speaking Portuguese. For each session there will be an English translator on hand to ensure everyone understands fully, and people can ask questions.

When you’re playing, as nobody can hear you, it doesn’t really matter what instrument you play. If you don’t have a drum or can’t make that much noise at home, use a practice pad, or something else. If you have something you can hit, to replicate the movements, you can learn. It’s no problem, you can make it work 😉

All the workshops will take place at 10am on Saturday mornings AEST, that’s Melbourne time. This makes it Saturday morning/afternoon in Asia/Aus/NZ, and Friday evening in the Americas. Google is your friend here 😘

All the classes are aimed at an intermediate to advanced level. Obviously this is all subjective, and it’s hard to know what that really means, as one person’s idea of intermediate might be different to another’s. We are not pitching these as beginners workshops though, so you will be expected to understand how to create the different sounds used on each instrument and comfortable playing to some degree. On each individual workshop’s page is a brief description at the bottom, explaining a bit more about the level.

Yes you can. As long as you realise that some of it might go over your head, that’s fine. As a beginner this is still a great opportunity to be inspired by some wonderful teachers. As when you’re playing you’ll be on mute, you won’t be impacting anyone else’s learning if you can’t always keep up.

No they won’t. Though we’re lucky to have some of the same teachers back again, they will not be teaching the same material as last time, so this is an opportunity to learn more.

Not at all. The material we will cover will be unique from the last workshops.

The workshops will last 1.5 hours, though we’ll allow up to an additional 30 mins afterwards for any additional questions.

You may record the session, but we ask that it’s only for personal use, out of respect for the teachers. We will be recording the session on Zoom, and will send you a copy when we receive it, in the week or so after. There sometimes can be problems with zoom recordings though, so there are no promises here I’m afraid. It should be fine, but we don’t control that. If you want to guarantee the recording, feel free to screen capture, or film using your phone.

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