How to Teach Yourself an Instrument!

DIY Space for London, London

Sunday, 29 Mar 2020

13:00 – 15:00

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What to bring: any instrument! Let us know if you don't have one and we will try to source you one

❤ About the workshop ❤
Teaching yourself an instrument has never been easier, with access to print media, youtube, apps, online courses and new technologies allowing you to analyse your playing. But how can a beginner tell what resources and methods are the best for them? This workshop will give you the tools to get the information and help you need from online and printed resources. All instruments and levels welcome.

❤ About Hannah ❤
Hannah Davis is a multi-instrumentalist, music facilitator and performance artist living and working in London and New Orleans.

After an unexpectedly straight-edge first career, (graduating in music from Oxford University, teaching and conducting at London drama schools and Eton College and Durham Cathedral,) Hannah went feral and spent 5 years touring international festivals with multiple award winning avant-metal brass band Perhaps Contraption.

Quickly moving into live art, Hannah was a Roundhouse Resident Artist with queer cabaret party gang 'Cushion'. This year, as part of iconoclastic ensemble Gaggle, Hannah exhibited video art as part of a pussy riot-curated installation at Summerhall. Hannah is currently touring with award winning spoken word/UK hip hop artist Dizraeli, on percussion / vibraphone and vocals and hype.

Hannah recently played 12 different instruments in 45 minutes, in a comedy sketch musical at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe.

Hannah's career has been build on saying yes to gigs on instruments they can't play, then learning to play them before the gig. Nobody has found out yet.

There are 20 places for this workshop. Book a place in advance to avoid disappointment! Tickets are £5 (+booking fee). We aim to make our workshops accessible as possible, so if you would like to come but cannot afford the ticket price you can reserve a place by emailing

❤ About First Timers ❤
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 2020 festival will be taking place on May 2nd & 3rd 2020. Applications from new bands to play are open:

For other First Timers Fest 20120 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:

Email -

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