Derek Gripper is creating A Conversation between African and Classical Guitar Music
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patrons

My transcriptions of kora music created a new way of playing guitar. Before I made these I was composing music. Now I find myself returning to composing and arranging existing music in a more creative way. 

This Patreon page is a way for you to be involved in this process, as a listener or a player yourself. Here you can support what I do and watch its slow evolution. You will get access to lessons and videos and recordings and thoughts that are only here. Or you will simply enjoy supporting something you think could benefit from support. 

For guitarists I share this new way of playing with you through a database of lessons, going through parts of pieces, full pieces, ideas about performance, small podcasts on pieces of pieces, technique videos...etc. These are posted onto an online database which is available to Patreons only. 

I will also share my philosophy of performance with you. How to play without anxiety, how to change your ideas and change your playing. 

And if you’re not a guitarist you may enjoy supporting this work, having front row seats to new sketches, home recordings, musings, stories...

Your support helps me carry on working, carry on creating new music and sharing this music with others in lessons, learning materials and recordings. 

Background...

I'm a guitarist based in Cape Town, South Africa. I have been translating the music of the kora (a 21 string harp from West Africa) onto solo classical guitar. The first album I made of this music (my ninth album) was Top of the World for Songlines Magazine and has resulted in global tours and offers to collaborate or arrange for some of music's greats (John Williams, Toumani Diabate, Debashish Battacharya, Kronos Quartet). The follow up album Libraries on Fire was awarded Best Album Africa and Asia for 2017.

My aim is to see great classical musicians the world over recognising the composers of Africa, especially those that come from oral traditions and whose music has not been available to classical musicians who can only work from written scores. 

And most importantly my aim is to see what happens if I just carry on playing guitar.




Tiers
Entry level support .
$1 or more per month
Dear You. 


You can just support and get access to content that you want - you request access to Trello boards (see below) if you are a guitarist, or automatically get content like new recordings and blog posts if you are just an listener. 



For guitarists: How it works:


I have been creating lessons on the repertoire of kora music for some time now. I would like to open these lessons up to Patreons only. 


These lessons are stored on an online list service called Trello which hosts video, audio, scores and discussions. You will find a Trello Board for each piece in my repertoire (well we’re getting there slowly) and inside each piece will be broken down into parts which can be easily learned by anyone. 


As a Patreon you get to say which boards should be created next and what should be added to each board. 


The idea is collaborative learning and free sharing of music in the simplest way possible. 


I also give you access to new recordings as they happen - often long before anyone else gets to hear them.


Basic Support and Access to Trello
$10 or more per month
All of the above plus physical albums when they come out.
Audio Lessons
$40 or more per month
You get all of the above but also a monthly hangout on Whatsapp to play together and discuss anything you wish.
Video Lessons
$60 or more per month
You get all of the above but also a monthly Skype call to play together and discuss anything you wish.
Full Collaboration
$100 or more per month
You get all of the above but also a monthly Skype call, a monthly Whatsapp call and texting of questions as voice notes etc.
Goals
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To connect with and create a community of people interested in influencing the direction my work takes. People who are listening to and playing my transcriptions of West African Music, Bach, and others...as well as people interested in hearing new compositions and new arrangements. I am hoping to get people who want to observe what is happening, or people who want to make suggestions, contribute ideas, and use the scores and lessons I make to make their own playing more enjoyable and fulfilling. 
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My transcriptions of kora music created a new way of playing guitar. Before I made these I was composing music. Now I find myself returning to composing and arranging existing music in a more creative way. 

This Patreon page is a way for you to be involved in this process, as a listener or a player yourself. Here you can support what I do and watch its slow evolution. You will get access to lessons and videos and recordings and thoughts that are only here. Or you will simply enjoy supporting something you think could benefit from support. 

For guitarists I share this new way of playing with you through a database of lessons, going through parts of pieces, full pieces, ideas about performance, small podcasts on pieces of pieces, technique videos...etc. These are posted onto an online database which is available to Patreons only. 

I will also share my philosophy of performance with you. How to play without anxiety, how to change your ideas and change your playing. 

And if you’re not a guitarist you may enjoy supporting this work, having front row seats to new sketches, home recordings, musings, stories...

Your support helps me carry on working, carry on creating new music and sharing this music with others in lessons, learning materials and recordings. 

Background...

I'm a guitarist based in Cape Town, South Africa. I have been translating the music of the kora (a 21 string harp from West Africa) onto solo classical guitar. The first album I made of this music (my ninth album) was Top of the World for Songlines Magazine and has resulted in global tours and offers to collaborate or arrange for some of music's greats (John Williams, Toumani Diabate, Debashish Battacharya, Kronos Quartet). The follow up album Libraries on Fire was awarded Best Album Africa and Asia for 2017.

My aim is to see great classical musicians the world over recognising the composers of Africa, especially those that come from oral traditions and whose music has not been available to classical musicians who can only work from written scores. 

And most importantly my aim is to see what happens if I just carry on playing guitar.




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Tiers
Entry level support .
$1 or more per month
Dear You. 


You can just support and get access to content that you want - you request access to Trello boards (see below) if you are a guitarist, or automatically get content like new recordings and blog posts if you are just an listener. 



For guitarists: How it works:


I have been creating lessons on the repertoire of kora music for some time now. I would like to open these lessons up to Patreons only. 


These lessons are stored on an online list service called Trello which hosts video, audio, scores and discussions. You will find a Trello Board for each piece in my repertoire (well we’re getting there slowly) and inside each piece will be broken down into parts which can be easily learned by anyone. 


As a Patreon you get to say which boards should be created next and what should be added to each board. 


The idea is collaborative learning and free sharing of music in the simplest way possible. 


I also give you access to new recordings as they happen - often long before anyone else gets to hear them.


Basic Support and Access to Trello
$10 or more per month
All of the above plus physical albums when they come out.
Audio Lessons
$40 or more per month
You get all of the above but also a monthly hangout on Whatsapp to play together and discuss anything you wish.
Video Lessons
$60 or more per month
You get all of the above but also a monthly Skype call to play together and discuss anything you wish.
Full Collaboration
$100 or more per month
You get all of the above but also a monthly Skype call, a monthly Whatsapp call and texting of questions as voice notes etc.