ReBels Music

ReBels Music is here to celebrate all lines of work in the music industry and give young people the opportunity to explore and create.

These first ReBels Music masterclasses, practical workshops and webinars are all FREE for anyone aged 15-25. 
ReBels Music is part of our wider talent development work supporting the underground voices and subcultures in Plymouth -  giving them platforms to be heard. ReBels Music is funded by Youth Music will support the growth of musical talent in the city. Not only those who want to perform, but those who want to record, produce, market and design tours that promote their work.
Barbican Theatre believes you ‘can't be what you can't see’, and this programme aims to break down barriers to expose young people to all the vital roles that make up the music industry, and work with industry leading professionals.  We want to break the isolation, and give young artists routes to finding their own creative voices - whether as lyricists, composers, producers, mixers, engineers or musicians.

Join us for all for all these ReBels Music sessions

All held online via zoom while lockdown still in place. Click on the + to view more info. Then you can sign up for as many as you like using the form below.
Masterclass: Thu 25 Feb 6pm - 7:30pm 'Making an album in your spare room!' with Alex Hart
In this Masterclass Alex will talk about
  • A bit of background about me, how I started out and where my musical journey has taken me.
  • Some advice about 'doing it yourself' and not needing a record company to release your own music.
  • How to put music onto Spotify and iTunes.
  • Music licencing, how to register your work.
  • How to come up with simple melodies, why hooks are important.
  • This will feature an insight into what simple studio gear to buy to start a home studio.
  • How to simply use Logic to record.
Alex Hart is a singer/songwriter from Ashill in Devon. She currently lives in Plymouth and has been a professional musician for 15 years. She has been lucky enough to play at some legendary venues around the UK, Europe and the USA either solo, with Martin Barre from Jethro Tull or more recently with Seth Lakeman.
When Alex was 18 she was signed to a small record label in the UK and the US and released her debut album 'On This Day' which had regular air play from Radio 2 and local BBC Radio stations. In the summer of 2013, Alex released a cover of Angie Stone's 'Wish I Didn't Miss You' which went to No.2 in the dance charts and was supported by Pete Tong on Radio 1.
After a few years of touring with Martin Barre, Alex decided to release an EP which she recorded in Plymouth with her band mates. It goes back to her folksy, country sound. The EP is called 'For The Summer' and is available on all streaming and download platforms including physical copies from her website.
Alex has been working and collaborating with lots of amazing songwriters and musicians including Terry Britten who wrote 'What's Love Got to Do With It' for Tina Turner. She appears on many other musicians' albums too!
During lockdown, after loosing 3 USA tours due to Covid 19, Alex has recorded a covers album (Under the Covers) from the comfort of her spare room. She has played every instrument herself and it features songs that have influenced her over the years. These include songs from The Eagles, Billy Joel, Nick Drake to name a few. You can buy this for digital download from her website.
www.alexhart.com
facebook.com/alexhartmusic
Workshop: Tue 2 Mar 4pm - 5pm 'Intro to Beat Boxing & Looping ' with Jason Singh
Workshop aim:

To introduce participants to beatboxing, creating vocal rhythms and sound effects and then applying these skills/techniques to hardware and software looping technology.  

About the session:

The session will break down the elements of a drum kit and explore how to make specific sounds.  We will then bring individual sounds together to create rhythms across a wide range of musical genres.  Participants will also explore tips and tricks to make beats interesting and complex by incorporating vocal sound effects. We will also explore the importance of visual gestures using the hands to articulate, express and communicate beats and sound effects.  

We will also explore the basics of looping using a Boss RC 505 loop pedal but also show how the techniques of live looping can be applied across a range of hardware, software and mobile device technologies. The session will be informal, fun, with an emphasis on play and experimentation.  

Practical Workshop: Sat 6 Mar 12pm - 2pm 'Vocal Gym' with Daisy Higman
Workshop aim:
A workshop focusing on technical vocal development for singers, using a combination of play and science-based approaches to demystify how the voice works. This workshop will explore basic vocal anatomy, the different vocal qualities used in singing and look at effective ways to warm up and cool down the voice.
About the session
  • Introduction - how do you feel about your voice?
  • Basic principles: physical alignment and somatic awareness, preparing the body to support the voice, 
  • Breath - how much do you really need? Releasing the abdominal wall, finding a responsive breath, the myth of the big deep breath, SOVT.
  • Your marvelous, moveable larynx: practical anatomy exploration, exploring how the different structures move to create different sounds
  • Playing with sound: effective muscular exercises that warm you up quickly, including silent practice.
  • Cool down: why a cool down is just as important and how to do it
  • Vocal health tips - how to keep your instrument in tip-top condition
  • Q&A
Webinar: Tue 9 Mar 4pm - 5pm 'Cross cultural rhythms expressed through the voice' with Jason Singh
Workshop aim:
This session is an introduction to using beatboxing as a means to exploring rhythms from around world including South America, India, West Africa and Eastern Europe.
About the session
We will also explore basic Konnakol (South Indian vocal percussion) patterns to help embody rhythmical patterns. This session is open to musicians and vocalists (MC’s, Poets, Singers etc) and anyone with an interest in rhythm and voice.

 

Practical Workshop: Fri 12 Mar 7pm - 8pm 'Basic beat-making on Logic Pro X / Ableton' with Benny Lau-Crispin
Workshop aim:
The session will look to introduce how to construct beats using the stock software included in Logic Pro X / Ableton, with the aim of helping beginner producers use inspiration and creativity to build unique drum rhythms for their own tracks. The techniques for the construction of beats are generally universal for any genre of music, so this will be useful for producers aspiring to enter any style. 
About the session
An introduction to the basics of using effects will also be included to show how these can be used alongside samples to create professional sounding beats.
Logic Pro / Ableton contains many ways to construct drum beats so multiple techniques will be explained in the workshop. Samples will be sent out prior to the workshop, for any students wishing to practice in real-time, however, this is not essential and the project can be sent afterward for students to use to practice.
Note:
Participants will ideally have access to logic pro x  / ableton  which can be downloaded as a demo /trial here
Logic Pro Trial (for macs) 
Ableton Trial 
If you have any questions about access to these trials or equipment  please drop us a line at rebels@barbicantheatre.co.uk and we'll see what we can do to assist
Workshop: Sun 14 Mar 11am - 12:30pm 'Overcoming Performance Anxiety and Stage Fright' with Daisy Higman
Workshop aim:
This workshop will focus on practical exercises to help singers and musicians manage performance anxiety - tips and tricks to hack your brain before and during performance.
About the session:
  • Introduction: why do we get nervous?
  • The vagus nerve! What is it, how does it work, and how can we hack it?
  • The importance of play - finding the calm buzz
  • Prepare, prepare, prepare
  • Breath hacks
  • Mindfulness practices - shifting the focus
  • Q&A
Workshop: Tue 16 Mar 7pm - 8pm 'Introduction to Song Writing' with Alex Hart
Workshop aim: 
This workshop will introduce the very basics of songwriting. The group will on a song from one of Alex' albums and deconstruct it live on Zoom. The workshop will explore the way in which the song was built, the way the lyrics were written and how to come up with basic chords on a guitar or piano to accompany them. 
About the session
  • Discussions about lyrics and how to write words that form a structure, the A B C (A - Verse, B - Chorus, C - Bridge/Middle 8) and how to do it simply.
  • 5 minute task to free write some words and see if anyone is comfortable sharing what they have created. 
  • Demonstrations of how to form simple chords and explore different tuning for guitarists, which can have a massive impact on the song. 
Workshop: Wed 17 Mar 1pm - 2pm 'Introduction to Guitar Soloing ' with Liam Roberts & Benny Lau-Crispn *SESSION FULL*
SESSION FULL - to be added to the waiting list please email rebels@barbicantheatre.co.uk
Workshop aim:
The aim of this workshop is tailored to beginner-level guitarists to help them move into being able to construct and understand how to play basic solos, looking at easy but engaging scales and view them being used in many solos from popular music. The aim of the session is to demystify and simplify playing a good-sounding guitar solo without complications of harmony or advanced technique. 
The session is led by grade 8 guitar expert Liam Roberts and Record Studio Director Benny Lau Crispin as you create and hopefully record some music during your session.
About the session:
  • The minor pentatonic scale will be introduced in one shape and will be taught to each player
  • We will then listen to some solos that use this scale and shape and then learn some phrases of one piece 
  • The backing track of the piece will then be played to allow people to play along 
  • Depending on the flow of the session the concept of improvisation and how we can use ideas from the solo learned, to write our own solo, may be introduced. 
Note: 
Each participant should ideally have their own guitar to be able to engage and play along with the workshop live.
If you have any questions about access to equipment please drop us a line at rebels@barbicantheatre.co.uk and we'll see what we can do to assist

 

Practical Workshop: Mon 22 Mar 12pm - 1:30pm 'Songwriting Clinic' with Alex Hart *SESSION FULL*
SESSION FULL - to be added to the waiting list please email rebels@barbicantheatre.co.uk
(There are very limited spaces in the session)
Workshop aim:
This is a creative space on for anyone who wants to come to Alex with a song that they need help with.
Lyrics, melody, structure and all parts of writing and composing can be covered.  
Alex can help to perfect the song it but still allow participants to remain the sole writer of their work.
About the session:
The session will begin with the group hearing the participoants' creations spending time on each song to analyse and improve their work. At the end of each piece we other members of the group will be encouraged to comment too.
Sessions will be limited to a maximujm of 4 participants so offers a space where people can come to have near one to one time with Alex.
Practical Workshop: Tue 23 Mar 6pm - 7pm 'Vocal Flow' with Daisy Higman
Workshop aim:
This workshop will develop vocal flexibility and improvisation skills. We will look at exercises for generating material, how to create a daily singing ritual, and will touch on different scales and modes, thinking about how we can incorporate these into our warm ups and use them as a basis for spontaneous  vocal composition. We will also explore how ear and interval training can make you a better harmoniser.
About the session:
  • Developing your daily singing ritual - the benefits of micro practice
  • Physical and vocal warm-up
  • Creature Language free sing into word association and auto-generated lyrics
  • Stretching your musicality - how practical music theory gives you better flow.
  • Noodling around in the chromatic scale - learning your intervals
  • Musical studies - Bobby McFerrin style!

 

Webinar: Wed 24 Mar 2pm - 3pm 'Exploring different time signatures' with Jason Singh
Workshop aim:
Join Sound Artist, Nature Beatboxer, Composer, and Creative Facilitator Jason Singh who will be bringing together beatboxing and Indian classical counting techniques to explore the use of different time signatures.
About the session:
This will be an introductory session open to all musicians and vocalists and will aim to explore time signatures in a unique, fun and simple way. No previous experience is necessary.
Understand what time signature is and how it is there to ensure that the overall beat of the music stays constant and has structure.
Learn about 'bars' and how they are used to organise music and how they work in the context of 'time signatures'
  • Find out the difference between 4/4 and 8/12.
  • Find out why 5/4 is so popular?
  • Find out the time signature of different songs instantly!
Practical Workshop: Mon 29 Mar 12pm - 1:30pm 'Songwriting Clinic' with Alex Hart
SESSION FULL - to be added to the waiting list please email rebels@barbicantheatre.co.uk
(There are very limited spaces in the session)
Workshop aim:
This is a creative space on for anyone who wants to come to Alex with a song that they need help with.
Lyrics, melody, structure and all parts of writing and composing can be covered.  
Alex can help to perfect the song it but still allow participants to remain the sole writer of their work.
About the session:
The session will begin with the group hearing the participoants' creations spending time on each song to analyse and improve their work. At the end of each piece we other members of the group will be encouraged to comment too.
Sessions will be limited to a maximujm of 4 participants so offers a space where people can come to have near one to one time with Alex.
Practical Workshop: Mon 29 Mar 5pm - 6:30pm 'Songwriting Clinic' with Alex Hart
SESSION FULL - to be added to the waiting list please email rebels@barbicantheatre.co.uk
(There are very limited spaces in the session)
Workshop aim:
This is a creative space on for anyone who wants to come to Alex with a song that they need help with.
Lyrics, melody, structure and all parts of writing and composing can be covered.  
Alex can help to perfect the song it but still allow participants to remain the sole writer of their work.
About the session:
The session will begin with the group hearing the participoants' creations spending time on each song to analyse and improve their work. At the end of each piece we other members of the group will be encouraged to comment too.
Sessions will be limited to a maximujm of 4 participants so offers a space where people can come to have near one to one time with Alex.
Workshop: Wed 31 Mar 1pm - 2pm 'Studio day to day' with Benny Lau-Crispin
Workshop aim:
This session will be based around showcasing the recording studio activities. It will give incite into different local artists and how tracks were made & produced and break down the elements of these projects.
About the sessions
Members of ReBels Talent Development are encouraged to send music in for Benny and the Granary Studios team us to give feedback and advice on. 
The session will involve a Q&A opportunity for members to ask questions relating to music production - ranging from mixdown, music creation, how to get your music up to release standard and a range of other topics in our everyday running of a studio. 

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Why ReBels Music?

ReBels Music is designed to give young creatives access to role models who would otherwise not come to Plymouth to run masterclasses, workshop and labs. Opening  up opportunitions beyond the obvious. We will offer free of charge access to a new podcast and recording studio (coming later in 2021). Alongside this there will be an extensive range of free masterclasses from spatialised sound, composing for choreography, VJing and Folio sound design.
ReBels Music is about allowing young people to find their creative voices through music - and creating opportunities for cross pollination across creative mediums. We want to foster the new sound that could emerge from Plymouth, and give young people and emerging artist a strong platform to succeed in generating a sustainable career in music.
Our ReBels Music programme is funded by Youth Music, and responds to a direct need established by our young people, who told us
  1. Traditional singing and music lessons are too inaccessible as they are too expensive for our young people
  2. Any musicians we have are self taught- so getting no feedback - which they really want.
  3. When they are devising their own productions they would like more music built in. (Company B composed all their own music for Mermaids Tale). They identified that though the current practitioner pool could sign post them to resources the Barbican didn’t currently have time in our schedule, or all the in house skills needed to support them to develop their musicality.
  4. Although we’d been creating amazing collaborations through ‘Open Circle’ with Kurdish dancers and singers, Bharatnatyam, and our ‘Day of difference’ schools work there wasn’t an opportunity for that musicality to be explored at the same level as the dance and drama.
ReBels Music will work closely with the B-Bar, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Music Zone, The Granary Studio, Weekender Festival, and the Grassroot music initiative to create a wider pipeline in - this also supports the findings from Music Venues Trust.