Beginners Academy

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Learn how to play guitar in our Beginners Academy lessons in East London

Do I have to be able to play anything at all to join the Beginners Academy?

No – we like it when you come to us as inexperienced and clueless as the day you were born. The only requirement we ask is that you consider yourself a beginner when it comes to guitar. And preferably that you like at least some of the music that’s ever been written.

How do I know if I am a beginner?

If you’ve never held a guitar in your own two hands, then you’re a beginner. If you’ve held a guitar and perhaps tried to play one or two chords, then you’re also a beginner. If you played one or two songs on guitar, but that was eighty years ago, and you can no longer remember which way up the instrument goes, then you can also join the Beginners Academy. However, if you have forgotten three of the notes in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ but can otherwise play it flawlessly, then go on get out – go back to the non-beginners area of The Guitar Social’s virtual world and book yourself onto a different course.

What actually is the Beginners Academy?

The Guitar Social’s Beginners Academy is only the best guitar course in East London. We’ve taught thousands of beginners across the city and taken them from quivering wrecks to knowledgeable and confident players and performers in the space of eight weeks. The core component of our Academy is that it is a group course. That means you get to learn alongside other beginners, make friends, compare your newly developing callouses, and maybe even run off through Soho square together at the end of the course and form a band.

What’s it like to do the Beginners Academy then?

Well, it’s fun, obviously! There are eight weekly hour-and-a-half sessions focussed on learning to play the music you want to play and maybe discovering some things you’d never thought of before. Our beginners make boundless improvements in their playing, in terms of theory knowledge, physical dexterity, and the confidence to play their favourite music.

Theory? Ugh. Isn’t theory supposed to be boring?

Not if we sneak it into you without you even realising. We usually integrate theory into real-life songs so that you learn it without wincing in the slightest and perhaps even find it interesting. It’s a little like the old parenting technique of hiding a stalk of broccoli inside a chocolate cake so that the child eats it and gets all the good nutrients from it, but barely realises they’ve had their horrible greens at all.

Amazing! I’d love to know more about your parenting techniques.

No thank you; we’re here to talk about The Guitar Social’s Beginners Academy course.

Alright – the course does sound pretty exciting. What other benefits do you get from taking part in the course?

Loads of resources to learn from at home, access to other specific interest workshops such as songwriting, access to exclusive learners-only events at our venue (such as Punk night) where you can meet other musicians at different stages of their playing journey, and the course culminates in a chance to perform in front of a crowd of about seventy people. Only if you want to, though.

Alone? Sounds a bit scary.

Not alone – you get the chance to perform with your course-mates and your tutor. As a group, you choose four of your favourite songs that you’ve learnt over the course and perform them at the end of term showcase at our venue.

Do any of the past beginners have anything to share about their experience of doing the Beginners Academy?

Yes, it’s about time we heard from them.

“I had noticed Guitar Social’s for a while on Meet-Up and finally made the jump . And what a blast! As a beginner, Thomas and Fiona make playing guitar very easy and straightforward. We played a few songs by the end of the first class, and 8 weeks forward some student are already on stage at the evening events thrown by TGS! Having the best time learning new skills and meeting new friends. I highly recommend!”

Caroline

“Loads of energy and spirit and fun – great value and sense of community. Plus I’m really improving on the guitar finally! Thank you!”

Jess

“A very inclusive diverse community that made me feel a part of it instantly. The learning pace is tailored to your level of guitar playing, and you get tons of resources and learning materials to ensure you stick to practice. There is also a great opportunity to develop confidence and skills playing to the guitar social community.”

Ravi

Real world jams, musical experiences, adventure and connection. These are the founding principles of The Guitar Social.

Nicola Cortese
Nicola Cortese
03/02/2022
I started a course in Jan as a beginner with Thomas and I can already play 5 songs!.. with simple chords :) both Thomas and Fiona are really lovely and they really know how to teach whilst having fun! I'd highly recommend dropping at one of their Thursday's open mic! Tons of fun and talent for free!!!
Jonny Pollard
Jonny Pollard
02/02/2022
Very friendly learning environment, was a bit nervous to play with a group having not played socially for many years, but it was super relaxed, and I learnt a lot in the first session. Looking forward to the next session!
Adam J
Adam J
01/02/2022
Had a great time tonight! I joined on to the beginners course a couple weeks late, but Fiona was great at running me up to speed before the class. Tom was a great instructor, and managed to get us to cover lots of ground in a short space of time. The group was super freindly and relaxed, and im looking forward to going back next week!
Jakub Špaček
Jakub Špaček
01/02/2022
Having played guitar in my past within academic environment I have to say The Guitar Social club opened my eyes with their amazing and vibrant atmosphere with company of great people. Lessons are really fun and easy to follow. Feel really motivate just after few classes and my connection to the instrument greatly improved!
Paula Smith
Paula Smith
31/01/2022
Unbelievably great, not kidding.
Marcella Puppini
Marcella Puppini
31/01/2022
This exactly what I was hoping it would be. A fun and engaging way of learning a new instrument at a lovely venue, with great people and great teaching. Thoroughly recommended.
hashtagobi
hashtagobi
31/01/2022
Only been going 2 weeks but it's a great environment with good pacing throughout the lessons. The community is quite helpful + open to learn so it's really a great space for anyone wanting to hone their guitar chops!
Kevin S.
Kevin S.
27/01/2022
Is it a guitar school? A social events group? A music workshop for all ages and abilities? An open, non-judgemental route to performing? A holiday club that includes jamming on guitars around the campfire? Well–it's all these and more. The Guitar Social is built around founder & lead tutor Thomas (plus TGS Business Director, Fiona, originally one of its earliest students). Patient and passionate, Thomas and his relaxed, friendly temperament get the best from beginners to improvers and beyond. Personally for me, one core strength of The Guitar Social is that Thomas realises what most tutors and courses never do – we can all learn fast and well when we play whole songs together and discover as a group how to make them work. Thomas and TGS guest tutors will always tend to teach music theory for guitar, and focus too on scales, chord voicings, correct rhythm, licks, riffs, parts, soloing etc, but with a tendency to make it about the fun and learning gains when students jam together on great songs instead of staring at a white board and not playing much music. Jamming songs in similar or mixed ability groups helps TGS students become functioning musicians who have built useful real world skills and experience across many sessions similar to how working musicians rehearse and workshop songs. And you will have the opportunity to build live experience too if you wish – solo or with your term group or with others of your choice, in a safe, positive environment, with friendly fellow students as your audience. Never any pressure and just one example of where TGS delivers extra value. They are really worth trying. I haven't even done full justice here to all the different activities they do.
stu smith
stu smith
25/01/2022
The coolest club in London!
Colin Taylor
Colin Taylor
25/01/2022
I'm back for my second series of the Joy of the Jam. After not playing with others for over 30 years, these sessions are reminding me just how inspiring and enjoyable jamming can be. Thomas leads the sessions with huge enthusiasm and a great deal of humour. The support of his impressive musical knowledge is ever present - but this never gets in the way of our desire just have fun and be playing.
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