Are you a frustrated songwriter? Maybe you want to try but don’t know where to start. Or maybe you’ve had a go before and want to improve your skills. Then this might be just what you’re looking for. Starting on Tuesday 1st November 2011, and running from 7.30pm to 9.30pm for five weeks, the Creative Songwriting Course is aimed at musicians and singers, as well as non-musicians and lyricists who would like to explore and develop the art and craft of songwriting, and to get their creative juices flowing. The course covers topics such as inspiration and themes, lyrics and music, melody and hook, formats and structures, tools and techniques, and uses a creative, practical and interactive approach. Musical knowledge and/or instrument skills are an advantage but not necessarily essential. The price of the five week course is £70 (£60 concessions), and if after the first session you decide you don’t want to continue then you’ll be refunded for the remainder of the sessions. To reserve a place a minimum deposit of £30 (or full course fee) is required (can be paid by PayPal). Bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you’re interested then you’d better be quick as places are strictly limited. The course is run by professional musician, and LIPA graduate, Meike Holzmann, and takes place in her home studio near Sefton Park. Full details from micamusic.com
Liverpool Acoustic is the only website of its kind in the UK. It was founded by Graham Holland in April 2008 as a central resource for the vibrant and exciting acoustic music scene in Liverpool and the Greater Merseyside area. The website publishes news from the local acoustic music scene, previews of upcoming events, reviews of music releases and gigs, and the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight podcast. This content is available for free via email subscription. The diary lists acoustic events including festivals, theatre concerts, folk clubs, showcases and open mic nights.