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The Weekly Learning Vault: 11 th Nov 2021

December 14 2021

Hello Explorers,
Welcome back inside The Weekly Learning Vault for another week of discovery. I’m Philippa,
and once again, I’ll be guiding you round the mysteries and hidden wonders that we keep
down here. This week, we’ll be digging out something for the body, something for the mind,
and something for the bank account. Remember to be careful as you look around our
exhibits – we disturbed a colony of bats last week who left a mess on the Gary Numan
collection – but do enjoy them.

Justin’s 10 Tips on How to Play Guitar Standing Up
This is a good one for anybody thinking about performing. It’s also a beneficial one to get
into your practice routine, because playing standing up feels totally different to sitting
down. Unless you are a stubborn Classical-only guitarist who baulks at the sight of an
electric, then chances are your band or classmates are going to want you to stand up at
some point. Only the drummer is enough of a liability to have to sit down for the whole
performance. Justin offers some helpful tips here, including whether it looks cooler to have
your guitar hanging down at your knees so you can barely reach it (a la Johnny Depp), or
whether you should wear it so high up (like The Beatles) that it becomes a strangulation risk.
Check out his tips here.

Guitar Moves with Keith Richards (Part 2)
A fascinating interview with Keith Richards (of Dartford, Kent, England), in which, for
reasons known only to him, he chooses to speak in a convincingly American drawl for the
entire quarter of an hour. If anyone has an explanation for this, please write in to let us
know. Here, Richards talks about his early days of guitar playing, as well as musing on the
things that inspired the cat that inspired the cat that inspired him. The first half of this
interview is also excellent but seems to have vanished from the YouTube ether.
Delve into it here.

How to Change Your Acoustic Guitar Strings by Fender

Something practical! If you have been practicing hard, bashing away at those strings, and
your fifty fifth rendition of ‘Tambourine Man’ is beginning to sound a bit dull and less than
tuneful, you may want to consider changing your guitar strings. You could also try cleaning
them using a guitar-safe product such as a specialist lubricant, but they will eventually need
changing. Some guitar shops do offer this service, but you can save yourself money and skill-
up like a pro by following this YouTube tutorial. I actually followed this one myself and I’m
pretty sure nothing went wrong…
Watch Fender’s helpful demonstration here.

We hope you enjoy exploring these exhibits. We’ll be back again next Thursday for another
dig around in the vault.

Happy learning,

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Nicola Cortese
Nicola Cortese
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
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
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
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
Unbelievably great, not kidding.
Marcella Puppini
Marcella Puppini
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.
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.
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
The coolest club in London!
Colin Taylor
Colin Taylor
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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