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We won! By gum we won! We are officially The best Guitar Tuition business in London

February 15 2022

Ever heard of the Business Excellence awards? If not the name pretty much spells out what they are. 

Awarded By Acquisition International, these awards celebrate the people and businesses that have managed to battle through this particularly challenging period that we’ve all just lived through. It highlights the businesses that through it all have managed to persevere and even grow during the pandemic. 

The Pandemic has not been an easy time for The Guitar Social by any means. We literally have in our name the very thing that was outlawed during the pandemic. It’s almost impossible to say the word ‘social’ without thinking of the word ‘distancing’ straight after.

Yet, we persevered and grew. We adapted our business model during the worst of the lockdowns and when we came out of lockdown we managed to secure a venue, put on fantastic classes and events while keeping within the social distancing laws and regulations. 

We felt like we were swimming uphill through most of it so it really is with humble delight that we accept this award from Acquisition International. 

Less humbly, we can’t say we don’t feel we deserve it, because we do. We are the best guitar tuition service in London, in fact, we think we’re the best in the world, but that award will come later we’re sure. 

Here’s why we think we deserved to win:

We recognise that learning guitar is a holistic process that goes way beyond just imparting information. It’s about the friendships formed, the confidence it brings and the fun that is had along the way

We put on free events that mean no one will ever have to spend a weekend alone

We provide free workshops that help musicians gain confidence in loads of different musical areas

We care about each individual learner. We know your name, you have our number, if you have a guitar or musical goal, we will go out of our way to make it happen

We’re growing, but everyone who comes through our doors will be made to feel like the most important person in the room. And that’s because they are

We can’t wait to see what the next 12 months will bring and which other awards we can win. 

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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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