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Edinburgh Blues Academy - Online

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Founded in January 2019, Edinburgh Blues Academy aims to help musicians of all abilities and ages to improve their blues playing! Taking in all its history and styles, with a focus on group performance, the weekly sessions give musicians a great opportunity to play with like-minded peers.

The tutors are the leading young musicians on the Edinburgh Blues scene, currently including Toby Mottershead (Black Diamond Express), Vid Gobac and Ewan Gibson, with guests including Nicole Smitt and Jed Potts.

The sessions are open to all ages, with discounts and scholarships available to students and under 18’s looking to learn and progress in Blues.

Due to the current restrictions, Edinburgh Blues Academy will now run online as a series of 8 Zoom sessions led by Toby Mottershead, Ewan Gibson, Vid Gobac, and other professionals from the Scottish Blues Scene. Via the platform, they'll lead small groups in masterclasses and instrument led sessions based around history and principles of Blues performance and improvisation, as well as larger group sessions to improve your timekeeping, rhythm, harmony and ear.

Each session will be between 60-90 mins, and run Wednesday from 7pm, following a curriculum of Blues standards and techniques developed by the tutors.

Please note that the Spring Blues Academy is now full. Details of the Autumn term will be available in July. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - Free online tech check session!
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - Week 1
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - Week 2
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - Week 3
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - Week 4
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - HALF TERM
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - Week 5
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - Week 6
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - Week 7
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - Week 8 (performance recordings)

We have space for 20 participants. The 8 sessions cost £40 in total (only £5 a lesson), with discounts and scholarships for young people looking to progress in Blues.

We're hoping that through the production of some backing tracks, jamming along to pre-made videos, and work sheets of guitar tab, we should be able to produce some fun engaging material for people to play along and learn with.
If you have any questions, please email

Feedback from last term

“Enthusasm of the tutors is fantastic... makes it special in an excellent venue”
“A great thrill to play blues in a band ”
“The encouragement from the tutors has been great, as has their skill and enthusiasm”


July 2020

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