Aynsley Lister Guitar Weekends

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HattigolHattigol Frets: 1915
Any FBers go on these? Always fancied it but not yet booked onto one.

Is it structured well? Good teaching? Mixed levels of ability? Worth the money?
"Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 1915
    Nobody? Surprised.
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • richhrichh Frets: 324
    It looks good value for money from what I can see, so unless you'd have to travel very far to get there, then if you are a fan of his type of music (and I'd assume you are), maybe worth just going for it?

    But there must be people here or elsewhere who can give you some kind of a review of what it was like.  If you do it, please do let us know what you think?  I'm not that far from Uxbridge where they do it, so it is tempting, but I'm not really that into playing that kind of style at the moment.
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  • I've been on 3 of them - twice as a guitarist and once as a bass player.  The only reason I stopped is because I've got 3 other weekend things every February, two of them guitar related, and unfortunately Aynsley's weekend is fourth in the list.  I enjoyed them all though.

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    “Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?' 'Supposing it didn't,' said Pooh after careful thought. Piglet was comforted by this.”
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 1915
    I've been on 3 of them - twice as a guitarist and once as a bass player.  The only reason I stopped is because I've got 3 other weekend things every February, two of them guitar related, and unfortunately Aynsley's weekend is fourth in the list.  I enjoyed them all though.

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    I think I may need some new shoes.....
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • Mark1960Mark1960 Frets: 71
    Can't comment on the workshops, but I have seen the guy play live, and he is very good!
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  • I met Aynsley at IGF when I was 19. He was really supportive of me as a young player and we hung out a fair bit. I liked him a lot and I still play some licks I learned in a workshop of his back then. He's been doing this a long time so his teaching skills ought to be as good as his playing by now.
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  • Guitar_SlingerGuitar_Slinger Frets: 1427
    edited January 7
    Hattigol said:
    Is it structured well? Good teaching? Mixed levels of ability? Worth the money?
    I went after being at IGF where Aynsley taught for 3 or 4 years.

    IIRC he sets his band kit up and Friday night starts wth a jam (if you want) or watch the jam if you don't. They're mostly regular blues jam songs.

    Saturday started with asking what people want to cover and he works through each subject, with opportunities to jam examples of what's being taught with his band. Saturday night was another jam.

    Highlight for me was the third year, when I played guitar on my favourite Aynsley song (Balls of Steel) with his band while he sang.

    If I didn't have 3 other things to do every February, I'd go again.  If you go, get there Friday afternoon.

    Promo video


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  • hywelghywelg Frets: 1601
    I went a couple if times. Came to it from having gone to a Matt Schofield IGF masterclass. Then one of the guys, Eddie Hyde, started organising weekends with Matt at Denham Grange. I went to a few of those and then Matt moved to the US and wasn't available much and Aynsley was drafted in. 

    For me the best bit of the weekend was getting to play with a pro rhythm section. Stellar. Quite a lot of jamming but if you don't know anyone it's difficult to get included. I wouldn't say it's cliquey but a lot of the guys have been going for years and know each other well and are not necessarily very inclusive of newcomers. 

    Aynsley is very good and the better sessions are where you get to play with the band working on specific exercises rather than just jamming. The weekend is very enjoyable, Denham is good , the food excellent,  but if you like beer take your own and smuggle it into the jam room. 
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  • sev112sev112 Frets: 411
    Sounds reasonable value in principle but that’s the worst promo video for anything I’ve seen! 


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  • RolandRoland Frets: 2283
    My wife introduced me to a colleague who used to teach Aynsley Lister. Then I found out she meant geography.
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