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Captain Ginger Our ghastly folk tradition (636* d) RE: Our ghastly folk tradition 07 Apr 08

The problem with the 'masterclass' sort of workshop is that it often becomes little more than an intimate 'chance to meet' event, with the guest doing a few turns, explaining a bit about the tuning and phrasing, nattering on in a pleasant and discursive fashion and maybe leading some choruses. I've been to plenty and they can be very enjoyable, but...
A proper workshop is hard graft. It has to be fully participatory and focusses on the performance of those attending, not the guest - and the guests needs to be more than simply a good performer. Sidmouth has had some excellent examples over the years, with good voice coaches really helping to bring singers on.

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