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As part of the project, I needed some equipment to deliver the workshops. I want the workshops to be as interactive as possible and practical. You become better at things by doing them. Apparently!
So, I got a PA System so we can amplify our dulcet tones. I pretty much know how to use that, well, plug it in, so I'm fine with that bad boy. I also got some more technical things.
I wanted items that could be used, easily by people who are completely blind. As everything is mostly digitally operated now, this can be quite restrictive. I am yet to come across a standalone piano, looper etc that has some sort of audio guidance for all the fiddly bits. There are companies out there that have developed instruments and music technology that is accessible for people who are hard of hearing and deaf, but nothing (that I'm aware of) for people with visual impairments. By all means, if there's some item that I'm unaware of, please let me know...
Anyway, Instead, I opted for equipment that was well marked, with distinct buttons and knobs. Some of the equipment, I'm going to have to put raised bumpy stickers on and technical support will be on hand at all of the workshops. I AM the technical support!
Currently, I don't know how to use MOST of the equipment! I have less than 7 weeks until the first workshop to learn it ALL. How hard can it be?
We have a 5 channel looper thing that can only be described as the Blackpool illuminations of the looper world. Buttons & lights EVERYWHERE!
We have an E. Cajon. It has 4 buttons & some lights. Pretty straightforward. Just hit the front panel. Easy!
We have a foot switch looper, again pretty easy to use, I think, but I don't know how to use it. It has 1 button!
We have a wireless mic system. Now, when we went and got the equipment we tried it all out. I couldn't get this to work AT ALL! My wonderful friend, Elena Thomas (you should check her out) pointed out that I didn't put the batteries in!
I have a dictaphone thing. I tried to use it in the shop and struggled. It has quite a few buttons. A screen and some lights. I want to record the workshops so our participants can refer back to them at any time & at their leisure. Another benefit of the workshops!
I also have Mics & cables, which are pretty easy to use. Thank goodness.
So, starting from next week, I'm setting myself the challenge of learning to use a different piece of our equipment each week. There may be some videos, some tears, definitely some laughs!
I think my best bet is going with the one that looks the hardest to use, first. Get the hard stuff out of the way! First will be the Blackpool Illuminations of Loopers.
Wish me luck...