While it was a dull day outside, it was far from dull inside Manor Studios for Cafemnee’s ‘How to bring your ‘A’ Game’. The session discussion topic ‘Your ‘A’ Game Practise’ explored ten hindrances, ten myths and ten tips for improving your practise.
What did the women thing of the event? Here are some of their comments:
‘Today more than met my expectations’
‘…I obtained more ideas for practising…’
‘I intend to be more specific with what I practise’
‘I will create a regular practise schedule and make use of a notebook’
‘It was good to participate in the improvisation session as it help me to gain insight in how to deliver a solo’
‘I will use the exercises from the improvisation toolkit’
‘I will experiment with new techniques’
‘Really enjoyed the Jam session’
‘Met new people…great ideas from other people…’
‘… excellent tips, inspiration and good company and food!…’
Next Cafemnee event date to be announced. Watch this space!
Book via EventBrite here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-bring-your-a-game-tickets-17992755817
If you didn’t get a chance to listen to BBC Radio WM ‘Chatback’ Show interview by Nikki Tapper and Joe Aldred on BBC iplayer where Millicent was interviewed about Cafemnee then you can hear it on Sound Cloud or again below:
It was great meeting the women again and also meeting some new faces to CFMNE ‘Play It Like A Man’.
The discussion ‘Should we play it like a man?’ helped us to get down to brass tacks about our experiences where gender affected our musicianship. We covered points like the difference in our sound and touch on our instruments; the difficulty in identifying female role models; motherhood and sexualising of female musicians. But we also identified the positives such as some people prefer to listen to female musicians as they bring a different quality to music; some male musicians prefer females in their band as it brings calm and a change to the dynamics of the group; Also highlighted was overcoming our knock backs and identifying things we can celebrate about our personal musicianship.
Wai Sum Chong did an excellent job demonstrating types of articulation and the skill of notation. She also covered how it impacts and improves our playing plus the good the bad and the ugly of articulation. A very engaging and thought provoking session.
We had an inspiring Jam session, lead by Cynthia Fearon, playing through familiar songs, learning chord progressions and exploring musical ideas. The lunch was scrummy. The moments for reflection and prayer were excellent. Some women made new friends and others renewed acquaintances. A packed afternoon!
What did the women think about the event?
‘…boosted my confidence, motivation and determination’
‘I learned, played and had fun’
‘I enjoyed networking and the reminder to remember the different forms of articulation’
‘I really valued the Masterclass’
‘…helped me to play by ear and helped my improvisation skills’
‘..to play to the best of my ability and not to compete with men’
Next session: Saturday 5th September 2015
I know you are waiting to hear how it went last Saturday… but just sorting the pictures and then the post will be up…
Are you curious about making distinctive music? Would you like to change your vibe a little? More creative in your playing? Christian female musicians this is for you. Wai Sum Chong (Musical Director- Midland Theatre Ballet) will be delivering the Master class tip on ‘Articulation’. Cynthia Fearon, (Praise & Worship Musician, Jubilee Christian Centre, COGOP) will be leading on the Jam session and yours truly will be tackling the theme should we ‘Play It Like A Man?’
If you’re thinking of coming call me. The details are below:
Wai Sum Chong will be delivering the Master Class tips session on ‘Articulation’. Here is Wai Sum’s biog:
‘Wai Sum Chong is a freelance pianist specialising in accompaniment. Based in the West Midlands, she found her niche 7 years ago as a ballet pianist working with companies and schools such as the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, School of Ballet Theatre UK and Elmhurst School for Dance. She is currently Musical Director of the Midland Theatre Ballet. Apart from her dance – based activities, Wai Sum also teaches piano privately and works with dementia sufferers by performing live concerts at Lost Chord and Music in Hospitals. Wai Sum also plays the djembe and spent a few years learning the violin’
Pretty good! She will cover:
– What is articulation? Have you got it?
– Physical differences between men and women which contribute to articulation
– Accessing good articulation – technique , listening, imagination, knowledge
– Demonstration – ‘The Good, the Bad , and the Ugly’
– Q and A session
Quite a lot to pack in to the afternoon as we’ll also be jamming, praying, networking and discussing ‘Play it Like a Man’ – what it means, should we do so, your experience of it, it’s impact on your playing. Lunch will be provided.
Date: Saturday 7th Feb 2015
Time: 1pm until 6pm
Venue: Unit 8, 62-64 Northwood Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B3 1TT
Since it’s only 4 weeks to go booking and payment should arrive by 30th January so arrangements can be finalised. Email Millicent for your booking form and payment details at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spread the word – CFMNE (Christian Female Musicians Networking Event) is for female instrumentalist. Women who are not Christians or church goers are also welcomed to attend.
Well I did not sleep much the night before the first Christian Female Musicians Networking Event (CFMNE). I was wondering how it would go and if everything was in place. The day after the event I slept even less because I was buzzing with ideas for the next one. How did it go? Exceptionally well! The sisters prefer CFMNE! Here are some of their comments:
As with all good things there was not enough time to talk about every aspect of our musical experiences but we covered how and why we play, how we describe ourselves musically, highs and lows, where we are now and our direction. The jam session was not competitive and it allowed everyone, irrespective of their level, to participate in creating new music and to vibe on covers. In the prayer session the focus was about our personal targets for our music. Some women preferred quiet meditation while others prayed together, very refreshing.
At the end of the afternoon we discussed the way forward for future networking events and decided on the following:
By the way, fantastic lunch from ‘Blue Lagoon’, thanks Clive!
Next date: Saturday 7th February 2015
Theme: ‘Play it like a man’
See the Debut Event (6th Sept) page for why the event was set up.