Thursday open mic

Date: 6 Oct 2022 Date: 13 Oct 2022 Date: 20 Oct 2022 Date: 27 Oct 2022 Date: 3 Nov 2022 Date: 10 Nov 2022

Thursday night open mic – running every Thursday

Come down to TGS HQ on Mare street for an evening of entertainment. We’re not limiting this to music so if you want to come and share poetry, comedy, singing, a talent or anything that you think will entertain, then the stage is yours. Or just come and watch all of this

No need to sign up ahead of the evening, just turn up before 7.45, come speak to us and we’ll put you down for a slot or 2

Time and date:
Every Thursday from 7pm

The Guitar Social
3 Mare street

How signing up works:

Signing up starts at 6.30 and finishes when we reach 15 performers.Signing up needs to be done in person unless otherwise agreed with someone from The Guitar Social under extenuating circumstances

This is done on a first come first served basis. 

Members of The Guitar Social (PLEASE LINK TO THE MEMBERSHIP PAGE) can reserve a slot and 3 spots will be held in reserve for members

Performances will be limited to approximately 8 minutes per person, unless it’s a quieter night in which case it will be 8 minutes per person, with an opportunity to do more at the end.

Performances start at 7.45 and end at 10.30


Can I plug a backing tracking into a PA?

Do you have a piano?
No. We do have a synth though. This will need setting up so let us know if you need it and we’ll put you on after a break

Do you have a house guitar?
Sort of. There is one for people to use but it’s very precious to the owner so anyone using it must treat it like a baby seal. There is also a house electric that is slightly less precious

How many mics do you have?
One set up. If you need a second please let us know at the beginning of the night so we can set the other one up

Do you have a drum kit?
Fraid not

Can a full band play?
Yes, so long as you can get yourselves set up in a few minutes 

My performance isn’t guitar based. Is that okay?
Yep 🙂 we love variety

How do I become a member?
Head here

Can I plug my social media?
Sure, we’ve a lot of performers to get through though so keep it brief 🙂

From the Guitar Social Community

The lessons are great fun, the resources are excellent and I’m learning more than ever before. On top of that, there are loads of opportunities to get together and play with other students. Best guitar lessons I’ve ever had.
Stevie, London
Thanks to The Guitar Social , I am living my dream after years of longing to play the guitar but feeling too scared to go for it. I am loving it. The classes are so enjoyable.
Beverley, Birmingham
The Guitar Social is unique, vibrant, edgy, always fun and uplifting. Where else could I get top quality guitar teaching alongside a jam in the park, fun Zoom guitar based games or an inspiring and sociable camping trip.
Helen, Devon
The class is run by a group who really understand the principles of learning and the reasons for doing it! Also we are given sensible and realistic targets and outcomes coupled with very helpful practice schedules.
Lindsay, London
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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