The initiative reaches out to aspiring young (possibly less-advantaged) guitarists and musicians who would otherwise not have access to associate with accomplished performers or technically proficient tutors/players, and to give them a brief but significant step-up beyond the basics and rudiments of playing and performing, so that they can make their own way much more easily and rapidly up the proficiency ladder than many other ‘guitarist performers’ ever did back in the day.
On Sat the 7th of July, Tony Cox hosted two sold-out Guitar Workshops at his home-studio in Sedgefield, Western Cape. The first took place in the morning, and the second in the afternoon of the same day. ‘Workshop 1’ dealt with chords, how to make and structure them, how to understand them fully, and how to manipulate and make music out of them. ‘Workshop 2’ was all about jamming – or, to be more precise – improvising. Each workshop seg-ués into the other, and even a beginner would still have taken much valuable information away with them, and would have had a lot of fun doing it.
Although space was limited to just 10 students, booking for the event was vibrant and enthusiastic. For those who were travelling to beautiful Sedgefield from farther afield and who needed to stay overnight, there were charming and exquisite B&B’s available locally to appropriately complement their Guitar Workshop experience.
The event was also open to non-guitarists or aspirants – a handful of observer/listeners – who got to observe, listen, and take notes from the ‘wings’.
“Player Inspire is a joint-initiative founded by Tony Cox and Anthony Just, and is a drive to promote and inspire performance-excellence and opportunity for young aspiring Southern African musicians and performers, coupled at the same time with the objective of creating a sustainable, ongoing career revenue-stream for up-and-coming, and already well established, artists and performers in music.”
‘Player-Inspire’ sponsored the event and provided funding possibility for two students from underprivileged communities for this July 2018 ‘Tony Cox Guitar Workshop’.
Simon Pfoftenhauer commented afterwards: “What a privilege to be in your workshop today Tony, it was so cool, and you are an amazing teacher. Everyone walked away richer. And your music and skill is amazing, inspiring to so many of us.”
Tex Booth said: “What an amazing day. Learned so much from a master of his craft. Absolutely brilliant & can’t wait for next one. Loved it. Tony, thanks so much..!!”
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