Digital Keyboard Music

A happy and friendly group of mixed abilities from beginners to advanced.

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1st and 3rd Monday of the month - experienced. 2nd and 4th Monday of the month - beginners and discussions. See below.
1.30 pm - 4.15 pm
  • Coordinator:  Cathleen Barnes - 01704 889190
  • Music Advice:  Doreen Sheard - 01695 570762
  • Technical Advice:  Dave Woods - 01704 213047

1st and 3rd Mondays of each month

The first half hour is spent socialising, having a coffee and assembling our keyboards.

Members will need to bring their own keyboard and to wear headphones whilst practicing. Dave will circulate, giving advice and guidance on the digital aspects of each individual keyboard. Later in the session, we will remove the headphones and members can then volunteer to play individually for the rest of the group. This is one of the highlights of the afternoon!

We now have space on 1st and 3rd Mondays for players with a little experience (or a lot). You could drop in and meet us first if you prefer, you would be most welcome.’ However, due to floor space – there is a limitation to 20 assembled keyboards in the room. All levels are welcome, and beginners are also invited to come along and listen and maybe pick up some tips, but only bring their keyboards to the sessions below.

2nd and 4th Monday’s of each month

2nd Monday’s – for beginners with their own keyboard

4th Monday’s – for beginners but limited to 10 members in the computer room. There will be discussions on applying the theory of Keyboard music.



A fine performance from Pat and Dee


Deep concentration during practice

Click on the movie to see the group in action.


Phil Sanderson celebrating U3A’s 5th anniversary in style


Digital Keyboard Music group celebrating their 10th Anniversary



Where’s my piano?

We downsized several years ago,
Decided our piano would have to go.
It was a Bechstein, one of the best
But it sounded like a honky tonk from the far Wild West.
The music stool and the music went too.
I sold my musical traumas – I’d had more than a few!
I had less than fond memories of teachers that shout.
My musical evenings were over and out.

But where’s my piano? I wanted it back.
OK. It was old. The white notes had gone black.
There’s nowhere to put photos and candles any more
And those wooden elephants are stuck on the floor.
Ouch! I’ve tripped over them again. There’s a lump on my head.
They’ve got to go somewhere, maybe out in the shed.
Joking apart, there’s a space in my heart.
I’d been too impulsive, trying to make a new start.

So I tripped along to the keyboard store
And had a tour which left me more
Confused by a hundred keyboards all shapes and sizes,
Pianos dressed in smart disguises.
Touch a note, a whole orchestra plays.
Is that what I want? I’m trapped in a daze.
And there’s no room for the elephants on a Yamaha top.
They’ll have to emigrate to the Oxfam shop.

There’s an ad in the paper. It’s just down the road.
A keyboard for sale £40.  I’ll be blowed!”
Still in the box, pristine but I bet
There’s no orchestra. Well what do you get
For £40? I wonder how it sounds.

I went along to U3A
With my second hand keyboard, just feeling my way.
My new toy did fantastic things.
So clever and light! Such pleasure it brings.
But……at the Keyboard Group there were magnificent things.
Tyros 3 and Tyros 4,
They sound like bulls without the gore.
I raise my cape. Into battle!
I’ll show those Tyros 3 and 4.

And now my teacher’s Doreen or Dee.
She wouldn’t dare to shout at me
Because I’m scary now and tough
And playing just like Rachmaninuff!
Well, the keyboard does half the stuff.

Thanks Dee for all your kind advice.
The £1 coin a very small price
For the help we get and encouragement,
But the inspiration brings discontent.
I want to be creative, I want to be bold
But my fingers refuse to do as they’re told.
I fancy playing jazz to relive my youth.
Well, I never went to a jazz club to tell the truth!

We listen hard and practise scales,
Make progress like a bunch of snails.
We’ll never be Chopin or Charlie Kunz
But we still produce some damn good tunes.
And we all feel we’ve made a friend.
I hope our meetings never end.
Pat Morton

Dee is the leader of the Keyboard Group and I wrote this poem for her birthday. The poem tells its own story but I must add how much I enjoy being part of the group. I have made some good friends and learnt such a lot, although there is always so much more to learn. I benefit so much from the various groups I belong to and I am immensely grateful to the U3A for giving me these opportunities. Long may it continue to flourish!

Keyboard advice from Dee

The U3A is very much about sharing knowledge among members, and what better example than in the Digital Keyboard Music group.