Welcome to Readipop’s Creative Lockdown hub.

As COVID-19 continues to force restrictions to normal life, we hope the below tutorials, resources and guides can keep people of all ages busy and happy until we can all meet again.

Guitar | Tuning a Guitar with Alex

Covering tuning a Guitar, using a capo, 4 basic chords and lyric writing, Alex helps you to pick up the acoustic and get writing tunes.

Production | Making Trap Beats in Logic Pro X with Will

Readipop Music Leader Will gives a corehensive guide to making beats and backing tracks with Logic Pro X.

Logic Pro X is compatable with Apple computers and a free 3 month trial can be found here: https://www.apple.com/uk/logic-pro/trial/

Production | Best Free Beat-making Android Apps with Louie

Not enough money for Logic or Reason? Louie’s got you covered with guides to using the best free software for beatmaking and production.

You can find links to all the free software Louie uses nearer the bottom of this page in the ‘useful music resources’ section.

Guitar | Open Tuning (in Open G) with Alex

Covering tuning a Guitar, using a capo, 4 basic chords and lyric writing, Alex helps you to pick up the acoustic and get writing tunes.

Production | Effects in Logic Pro X with Will

Readipop Music Leader Will gives a corehensive guide to making beats and backing tracks with Logic Pro X.

Logic Pro X is compatable with Apple computers and a free 3 month trial can be found here: https://www.apple.com/uk/logic-pro/trial/

Production | Introduction to Caustic 3 Synths with Louie

Not enough money for Logic or Reason? Louie’s got you covered with guides to using the best free software for beatmaking and production.

You can find links to all the free software Louie uses nearer the bottom of this page in the ‘useful music resources’ section.

Guitar | How to use a Capo with Alex

Covering tuning a Guitar, using a capo, 4 basic chords and lyric writing, Alex helps you to pick up the acoustic and get writing tunes.

Production | 808 Bass and 808 Glides in Logic Pro X with Will

Readipop Music Leader Will gives a corehensive guide to making beats and backing tracks with Logic Pro X.

Logic Pro X is compatable with Apple computers and a free 3 month trial can be found here: https://www.apple.com/uk/logic-pro/trial/

Production | Beat Making Phone Apps

Not enough money for Logic or Reason? Louie’s got you covered with guides to using the best free software for beatmaking and production.

You can find links to all the free software Louie uses nearer the bottom of this page in the ‘useful music resources’ section.

Production | Drums in Logic Pro X with Will

Readipop Music Leader Will gives a corehensive guide to making beats and backing tracks with Logic Pro X.

Logic Pro X is compatable with Apple computers and a free 3 month trial can be found here: https://www.apple.com/uk/logic-pro/trial/

Production | Live Loops in Logic Pro X with Will

Readipop Music Leader Will gives a corehensive guide to making beats and backing tracks with Logic Pro X.

Logic Pro X is compatable with Apple computers and a free 3 month trial can be found here: https://www.apple.com/uk/logic-pro/trial/

Production | Editing Audio in Logic Pro X with Will

Readipop Music Leader Will gives a corehensive guide to making beats and backing tracks with Logic Pro X.

Logic Pro X is compatable with Apple computers and a free 3 month trial can be found here: https://www.apple.com/uk/logic-pro/trial/

Songwriting | Writing Songs on the Guitar with Alex

Lyric and Chord based songwriting introduction from Alex. 

Kids Activities | Junk Funk Instrument Making

In the spirit of Readipop’s infamous WOMAD festival workshops, get creative with the kids this lockdown and start a band by making instruments from what’s lying around your house.

Clip originally created for the Readipop Virtual Festival 2020.

Production | Sampling and Sound Design in Logic Pro X with Will

Readipop Music Leader Will gives a corehensive guide to making beats and backing tracks with Logic Pro X.

Logic Pro X is compatable with Apple computers and a free 3 month trial can be found here: https://www.apple.com/uk/logic-pro/trial/

Drumming | Samba Basics with Gavin (archive)

Practice these samba beats on any drum to hand, or on your table!

 

Originally created in 2014 for the N4ME project.

Kids Activities | Jelly’s Art and Sound Workshop

We love Jelly! They’ve been repping the ‘Ding for even longer than we have, helping to improve access to visual arts since 1993. Join Jelly Tots as they create drawings with this clip, originally created for the Readipop Virtual Festival in 2020. 

Singing | Vocal Warm-ups with Sabrina (archive)

Lead your family or housemates in a group sing along with these warm up exercises.

Uke | Ukulele Basics (archive)

Learn four basic chords and get started playing this affordable and accessible instrument.

Free Online DAWs for music creation and Online Learning Tools

The below links are for free, and are in-browser or app music production tools.

DAWs with extended trial periods:

A number of companies are now extending their free trail periods during the coronavirus lockdown. They include:

  • Logic Pro X (90 Days Trial)

  • Ableton Live (90 Days)

  • ProTools (90 Days)

  • Reaper (3 Months)

Schools and learning institutions should also be aware that Soundation Premium is now available til the end of June to students for free (with a teachers application). Pro Tools are also offering 3 months free to learning institutions.

DAW Plugins:

  • Free lifetime license to Torpedo Wall of Sound Miking and Amp simulator.

  • Native Instruments are offering its Analog Dreams pack for Free

  • Reason are offering its Analog Sequencer for free until 15th April.

  • Cherry Audio have a free download of their modular synth package Voltage Modular Synthesis.

Learning apps/sites:

  • Fenderplay are offering 3 months of Free online lessons in Guitar, Bass and Uke.

  • MusicGurus are offering lifetime access to 1 whole course through their website. Sign-up to a MusicGurus account, search ‘Free’, add to basket and use the code ‘TOGETHER100’.

Free Synth apps:

 

*all information correct as of April 2020.

From Reading and in need of a break or some creative inspiration?

Readipop’s 2017 Heritage Trails project may be the perfect accompaniment to a Creative Lockdown session, with four self guided walks available, guiding you through central Reading’s hidden music, film, literature and photographic histories.

Download the routes here, or pick up a physical copy in Reading HMV, Reading Museum or Waterstones.

Did you know various scenes from cult classic ‘Bugsy Malone’ were

filmed at the Huntley & Palmers factory in Reading? Load up your Splurge Guns,

wind up the pedal car and head into central Reading to find out more of Reading’s Hidden history on

a self-guided Reading Heritage Tour.

Find out what Readipop’s been up to, and how other musician’s have kept busy and coped with life in strange times in Readipop’s recent podcasts.

Fancy picking up a qualification over lockdown for free?  

Follow the ‘Lockdown Arts Award’ link to help sign your kids up the entry level ‘Discover’ award, and get going with a Readipop Arts Award pack.

Long time Readipop collaborator, Beatroots member and graphic designer Rachel Mayes helped create this wonderful colouring-in version of the Readipop Festival poster. Simply save and print, and you’re ready for colouring.

Don’t forget to e-mail us your finished product!!

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