Our courses - all online temporarily
The entry point to learning guitar. The most exciting bit, the Big Bang, the initial spark!
An eight week course to lift you from novice to musical glory amongst a group of beginners every bit as keen and cool as you are. This is a tried and tested program that has been delivered successfully to hundreds of people
You’ll learn chords, see scales and basic melodies. You’ll learn how to jam and how to play a song a week using The Guitar Social’s course book. In-between that you’ll be invited to social events where you can meet people that have walked the same path you’re walking and then to finish the job off you’ll be invited to play live at our Live Lounge which we're currently running every few weeks online
‘I learnt more in eight weeks doing this than I did in eight months on my own’ Josh B
‘I loved this course. I’ve been trying to get everyone I know to do it!’ Kim W
Addressing the grey area between beginners and intermediates with fun, style and a whole load of jamming.
Areas of learning include but are not exclusive too
Forming first barre chords
Riffs and tab reading skills
Interesting open chords
Niche techniques including funk and finger style
As with all of our programs, you’ll find yourself surrounded by other musicians and offered broad and active list of social events to attend to keep you musically engaged. There will also be the opportunity for you and your group to play at our monthly live performance event.
‘A great course to plug the gaps in my knowledge’ Sam B
‘I feel like a guitar player now’ Lucy T
A fun series of eight sessions, each week exploring areas of playing that elevate the learners style, sound and range.
Our groups always end up taking on their own identity and collective learning outcomes and shared areas of interest are responded to as the weeks fly by, however, commonly, an intermediate course will feature sessions on rhythm, lead playing, improvisation, funk, fingerpicking, scale work and chord variations, inversions and extensions.
There is some pre required knowledge; ability to read tab, ability to form an E and A type barre chord; familiarity with most common open chords; ability to recall a pentatonic scale and awareness of the note names on the sixth and fifth strings.
If you have some of this, but not all of it, please just get in touch and we will fill in the gaps with some pre-practice material.
Aside from eight weeks of fun jamming, you’ll be encouraged with your group to meet outside of class or via your own online meetings and do some practice together in preparation for an end of term performance, but more about that later.
‘Finally cracked E and A Types, now looking forward to
taking on CAGED good and proper’ Jon F
‘I learn a lot, but the best thing was my class mates. I think we’re a band now’ Catherine R
A weekly chance to jam some great tunes, bust out some lead and take your growing guitar skills for a quick spin.
Each week we explore an area of interest and then jam songs that are connected to that particular area. So perhaps we look at some Modal theory and then some songs with our chosen mode, or we take on some minor 7th arpeggios and then play through some Santana, or a new picking style and apply it to some Ben Howard. We have over forty prewritten intermediate II sessions that we love to deliver, but the class usually dictates where we go in this diverse, wide ranging jam fest of a course.
There is some preexisting knowledge to consider before signing up; you should be able to read tab, have familiarity with E and A type barre chords; you'll be able to recall three pentatonic scales, one major scale (Ionian) and one minor (Aeolion) scale. If you have some of this, but not all of it, please just get in touch and we'll fill in the gaps with some pre practice.
Aside from eight weeks of fun jamming, you’ll be encouraged with your group to meet outside of class or via an online meeting tool and do some practice together in preparation for an end of term performance, but more about that later.
'The most fun I have had with guitar in years' Andy A
Joy of the jam
This is a place for players from improver level upwards to get together and support each other through a set list of songs that will ultimately be played live at an end of term performance. It’s a guitar class that is about moving away from just strumming through a song. It’s about creating textures and variations and reinterpreting songs to challenge their meaning. It’s also a lot of fun, and sells out very quick.
A free of charge workshop for anyone signed up to a Guitar Social course
An overview of harmony, chord structure, intervals how scales are built, the circle of fifths, CAGED and what this means for you as a player. All levels are welcome. Bring a pencil. Because learning guitar is more than just the playing
A free of charge workshop for anyone signed up to a paying course.
In the late sixties Johnny Cash and Bod Dylan would host gatherings where songwriters would sit in a circle and pass around a guitar, each person playing one new song. This is our attempt at creating that same thing.
Each session starts with a brief study of renown songwriter. After that we start playing and sharing. Performers can open themselves up for feedback or choose to just share their song.
We welcome all levels of player and individuals at various stages of their development. Nervous people, those with half a song or just a riff, some down and we’ll build it up.
Live Lounge Support Room
At the heart of our programs is the message that music is to be shared. This might be with a crowd, with your mates or just with yourself, but if you’re going to play you’re going to need to be comfortable with the sound you make. Our vessel for arriving at this point of comfortability is Live Lounge, a monthly, closed, private event, where people share their work.
Live Lounge Support Room is a workshop for people signed up to a course onto which you can be referred by your tutor if you feel especially nervous about playing in front of other people.
Through live lounge support room we have seen some of the less likely turn into weekly performers fronting their own bands and leading jams across London. Anyone can get the confidence, Live Lounge Support Room, proves that.
Bass at TGS
A brand new project for 2020 that allows budding bass players the chance to get their groove on in weekly live jams.
How it works
Each participant will receive eight technical exercises to learn-one per week for the duration of the course along with seven arpeggios. Your materials will come in both tab and video format and most will be made just for you.
You’ll also be given a set of songs to learn associated with the sessions you choose to take part in.
When you attend
You can attend one or more (maximum three) of our beginners, improvers, intermediate, intermediate II or joy of the jam sessions in anyone week.
Within an eight week period you’ll learning a handful of arpeggios, several exercises and jamming songs in a live setting. You’ll have the chance to get ready for a live performance. You’ll esseiptnailly be a session musician.
What you’ll need
A bass and ideally a small amp. Consider the black star fly for bass. These are great amps for the price which is usually about £70
We've moved our school online temporarily, until the world says we're allowed out again, thoughwe are finding that online lessons are working well and we can very much maintain the social element that is in our name.
When we're not delivering classes from our living room we have partnerships with some of Camden and Kentish Town's best pubs and venues.