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Edinburgh Blues Academy - Online

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New Term Starts Online Wednesday 29th April 2020!

***discounts and scholarships available to students and U18’s looking to learn and progress in Blues or live music.***

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, and released in the coming days.


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 20ish participants; The 8 sessions will cost £40 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've any questions - just get in touch to discuss (



Started 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 Nicole Smitt, Jed Potts and others. 

Open to all ages, with discounts and scholarships available to students and U18’s looking to learn and progress in Blues.

The sessions take place in every Wednesday in St Bride's Centre, Dalry, giving pupils the opportunity to play and perform in the grand auditorium, while still enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of the community centre. 

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”

Online Teaching Bank

Further more, we're creating an online resource bank of teaching materials, instructional videos and audio content to help encourage and engage with a new generation of blues musicians.


Lesson Theory and backing tracks for week one of the online Blues Academy session. 

Week 1

EJBF Blues Academy Online Week 1- Theory 

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5


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