Guitar Tunings and Tunes!

DIY Space for London, London

Sunday, 29 Mar 2020

15:00 – 17:00

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What to bring: if you have your own guitar please bring, let us know so we know how many to source!

This workshop will be taught by Jemma Freeman.

❤ About the workshop ❤
Learning and playing the guitar can seem intimidating at first and writing your first song might seem like an impossible task with so many chord shapes and names to remember. As a self taught guitarist my approach has always been idiosyncratic and I have found ways to negotiate my disability (hyper mobile joints) as well as my desire for creativity. This workshop aims to not only show the importance of being in tune, but the varied and unusual ways that you can tune or detune a guitar to suit your own creative needs or to reignite your interest by challenging the concept of standard tunings. Several of my own songs have literally been written using one finger as a result of chance tunings I have created which I can share with you and demonstrate. As someone who can neither read music or had any formal training as a guitarist I hope to dispel the fear and perceived complexity of different tunings and have fun with experimenting and finding new ones in this collaborative workshop.

Suitable for complete beginners as well as people who have a bit of experience messing about on their guitar!

❤ About Jemma ❤
My name is Jemma Freeman I am non binary, my pronouns are they/them.

I am a self taught guitarist with 22 years of experience, I first picked up a cheap Les Paul copy aged 15 and learnt how to play by listening to T-rex tapes and Led Zeppelin records.

I've since had the privelege to have been in numerous bands, including some that have toured in both Europe and the United states and have released records with Bella Union, Trapped Animal and Angular records.
My current band Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something is a glam/alt/psych outfit lead by my drag king alter ego Jeff from Barnett.
Music is my absolute passion, I work full time (quietly) in a library so that I can pursue the thing that has kept me sane and connected to the world in almost all my spare time. I own far too many guitars, but I love them all.

I believe music is the language that connects us universally and therefore it should be accessible to all. I approach creating and playing music with an open and enquiring mind and deplore any form of elitism or barrier that might prevent someone from being able to appreciate music, whether that be playing an instrument or attending a concert. There are no right notes, just the right attitude.

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 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