First Timers Lead Guitar Workshop

DIY Space for London, London

Sunday, 17 Feb 2019

13:00 – 15:00

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💖About the workshop💖

Starting out with improvisation and lead playing can be scary but its not as hard as you think! Learn the guitarists' favourite scale: the minor pentatonic, how to master techniques like slides and bends to make your playing more expressive and interesting, adding extra notes to colour your solos, how to shape your solos with phrasing, and how to play in the right key. Also get to practice improvising and making mistakes with other people!

This workshop will be easier on electric guitars but if you only have an acoustic that’s fine too.

There are 15 places for this workshop. Book a place in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets are £5 (+booking fee). We aim to make our workshops as accessible as possible, so if you would like to come but cannot afford the ticket price, you can reserve a place by emailing

💖About Alice💖

Alice is a guitarist and vocalist who’s been teaching guitar for 7 years. She teaches 160 students a week working for Barking and Dagenham music service and as a private teacher. Under the name Alice Mary she has written and produced 2 EPs which have received airplay on BBC 6 Music and been featured in Clash Music, and she has performed live across London and in Paris. This year she had the chance to record at Maida Vale Studios and performed at the Apple Store in Regent Street. She likes music theory and metronomes a bit more than your average person, but if you spend enough time around her maybe you will too.

💖 About First Timers Fest 💖

FTF is a season of workshops followed by a two-day festival where every band plays its first show. FTF is about getting new faces and voices in bands, and doing something about the lack of diversity in the make-up of the DIY music community.

As a direct way of addressing the lack of diversity in the make-up of the DIY music community, our workshops centre people who are disabled (visible or non-visible), LGBTQIA+ folk, people of colour, and women. As well, we are here to support people who have never played in a band before // never played the instrument they've always wanted to learn before because of their class, race, gender, mental health, etc.

Our 2019 festival will be taking place on May 4th & 5th 2019. Applications from new bands to play are open: INSERT LINK

For other First Timers Fest 2019 info:
FTF 2019 Facebook group:
FB page: First Timers Fest
Twitter: @FirstTimersFest
Instagram: @firsttimersfest

💖 About the venue, DIY Space for London 💖

DIY Space for London is on a single floor level, with access ramps, widened doors, an accessible toilet and plenty of space for manoeuvring and getting away from crowds. There is plenty of seating available and the toilets are gender neutral and accessible.

On entering the venue there is a small ramp, which is quite steep and might require assistance going up and down. If you are a wheelchair user and not travelling with anyone, let us know in advance you are coming so someone at the venue can be there to assist.

If you would like to discuss access, please get in touch or visit our website:

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Phone – 020 7635 9470 (Leave a message and we will respond)

Postal – 96-108 Ormside St, London SE15 1TF

Response time – Someone will be able to respond within 5 days

Our volunteers are happy to meet event attendees at the nearest bus stop, please contact to arrange.

DIY Space has an Access Group that is always working to improve accessibility. Most recently it worked towards making DIY Space For London the UK’s first volunteer-run venue to achieve Bronze status on the Charter of Best Practice from Attitude Is Everything – a charity that improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music.


DIY Space for London , 96-108 Ormside Street , London