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FAQ2020-07-09T11:36:05+01:00

FAQ

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions.

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Q: What is FSOR_RockBox2020-08-03T10:00:46+01:00

A: Owing to the Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020, and the resulting lockdown, we are unable to run live FSOR courses until further notice. FSOR RockBox is a system to allow FSOR and it’s students to continue to collaborate online via Zoom FSOR tutorial sessions, self-made videos, and our ace video editor splicing together many individual performances into an all-star cast playing and singing a great song.

See the new FSOR_RockBox page for more details.

Q: Is there a cancellation policy?2020-07-01T15:57:51+01:00

A: Yes, we have a cancellation policy here 

 

Q: What’s a MiniGig?2020-07-01T15:58:25+01:00
A: The day before the show, each band does a one-song ‘gig’ for all the other bands in their rehearsal room. We film and photograph the proceedings, and all the videos go to YouTube (typically that night), and all the photos go up on Flickr.
Q: Are there other FSOR events?2020-07-01T15:58:35+01:00
A: Yes. There are other events in which we participate, like Lewisham People’s Day, and events which we manage, like the Rock Fayre (debut: July 2013). We are continually working with other organisations to create a variety of bespoke rock school events. Please contact baz@fsor.uk for more information.
Q: What about things like health & safety and child protection?2020-07-01T15:58:01+01:00
A: Safety is always our number one top priority. Please click here to see a copy of our health and safety policy and here for our child protection policy. All our staff have DBS* checks before they are allowed to work with us. Our under 18 assistants do not take charge of children. All of our equipment is regularly PAT tested for safety and reliability.
Q: Is there a syllabus?2020-07-01T15:58:10+01:00
A: Yes. There are certain activities (lunch, vocal warm-ups, minigigs) that have to happen at certain times each day, and the rest of the time we are rehearsing. Please email here to request a copy.
Q: If I have questions about FSOR, who can I contact?2020-08-03T09:56:01+01:00
A: Please feel free to use the Contact Form or phone Baz on 07976 689903. with any questions.
Q: How are bands formed?2014-09-03T11:51:20+01:00
A: Age, ability, experience, instrument of choice, and requests (e.g. to be with a friend, or with or separate from a sibling). We do not guarantee that every student will be in a band with others of exactly their own age. In fact we find an age range beneficial; a 2 to 3 year age span within a band is normal.
There tends to be one drummer, one bassist, between one and three guitarists, and optionally one or two keyboardists. Multiple vocalists is common and encouraged.
Q: Can you tell me about the staff?2020-07-01T14:44:46+01:00

A: Our tutors are all DBS checked multi-instrumentalist music teachers and musicians. Several of them do private lessons face-to-face or online (Zoom; Skype; FaceTime, etc.). The tutor-to-student ratio is typically 1:4. Our senior staff have impressive stage and studio credits:

  • Atomic Rooster
  • Joan Baez
  • Belinda Carlisle (Go-Go’s)
  • Ray Davies (Kinks)
  • Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats)
  • Chris Isaak
  • Sir Tom Jones
  • Jefferson Starship
  • Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (Prince)
  • Jools Holland’s Big Band
  • Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
  • Moloko
  • Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley’s Band)
  • The Who
  • Paul Young

Our younger tutors are all enthusiastic young pro and semi-pro musicians who are keen to work in the tight knit team we have assembled. Band assistants are former FSOR students, and/or FSOR tutors in training.

Some of our staff perform locally (pre and post lockdown!) with:

  • Crouton Cannon
  • Dead Man’s Corner
  • Gwen & The Good Thing
  • The Hit Men UK
  • The Jimmy Cash Show
  • Jim Radford & The Jolly Jammers

All our staff love to share their expertise and enthusiasm with the next generation of musicians.
You can find out more about the staff here

Q: Where does FSOR take place?2014-08-11T16:40:40+01:00
A: Felix’s School of Rock takes place at Thomas Tallis School in Kidbrooke Park Road, Blackheath SE3 9PX (SE London). We turn classrooms into rehearsal studios, and we turn the school’s state-of-the-art Main Hall into a concert venue for The Gig, with stage, lights and projectors. We run a range of other, smaller events for kids and adults.
Q: What equipment do I need to bring?2020-07-01T15:57:20+01:00

A: Most guitar and bass players bring their own electric guitars and basses. Some guitarists bring their own amps (most don’t). Most drummers and keyboard players hire FSOR drums & keyboards for £5/day, but you are welcome to bring your own drums and keyboards from home. Just let Alyson know in advance.

We have guitars, basses, keyboards and drum kits for hire for £5/day or £20/4-day rock school. We provide PA’s, microphones, bass amps, stage guitar amps (for the gig)

Q: What equipment is provided?2020-07-01T14:50:13+01:00

A: FSOR provides a full rehearsal PA and microphones to each band. Most keyboards are plugged directly into the PA system.We have bass amps for all bassists. We have stage amps for all guitarists, and rehearsal amps for most of them (some prefer their own). All instruments (guitar/bass/keyboards/drums) can be hired for £5 a day and should be booked in advance.

  • We do minor repairs (string changes, strap pin repairs, etc) on site when necessary.
Q: Do you need to have previous musical experience?2020-07-01T15:31:49+01:00

A:

Minimum Standards:

  • Guitarists: should be able to play at least 3-5 chords + ‘The Power Chord’. They need to know the string names and the fretboard well enough to follow instructions (eg, play the A-string, 7th fret)
  • Bassists: Need to know the string names and the fretboard well enough to follow instructions (eg, play the D-string, 10th fret)
  • Keyboardists: should know the names of the notes (keyboard layout)
  • Drummers: need to be able to keep a steady beat in 4/4 time for 3min or more.
  • Other Instruments: We welcome virtually any instrument that has a pick-up or can be mic’d up. We have had brass, strings, ukuleles, harmonicas, a sitar, a banjo, acoustic guitars, congas, bongos and an array of hand percussion. Bring it on!
Q: How much does FSOR cost?2020-07-01T15:34:47+01:00
A: Our 4 day FSOR course costs £170. Details are here
Q: How do I pay?2020-07-01T15:37:28+01:00
A: We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express online, or BACS Transfer, or cheque by post. The balance can also be paid through your FSOR Registration and must be made before the beginning of the course.
When you have registered via the BOOK NOW link you will be directed to our secure payment system.
Q: How do I sign up?2020-07-01T15:46:57+01:00
A: Booking information for FSOR  is here – How to book
Q: How old do you have to be to participate?2020-07-01T15:48:44+01:00
A: Felix’s School of Rock is designed for students between 9 – 16 years. We know that there are accomplished musicians who are younger however the course is quite intensive and we have found from years of experience that 9 is the optimum age to start.
 
 
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