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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
Transforming you from a strummer to the kind of person that wears heavy knit cardigans and hangs around on dry stone walls warbling on about stuff that happened five hundred years ago.
Basic course outcomes: To be able to play four solo pieces To be able to describe and demonstrate Travis, Carter and vocal lead finger styles
Preexisting knowledge: A firm understanding of open chords with some lead work under your belt, whether that be a bit of improvisation or playing exciting melodies.
All you need to hold your own in a blues jam, putting forward the bluest of all blues melody lines, the saddest most traumatic songs ever written to kill off any party and dampen the good spirits of all around you. You’ll learn stuff like what face to pull when you bend a note and how to work that flattened fifth note so hard that people around you literally have a nervous breakdown. How blue can you get? Very!
Basic Course outcomes: Exploration of two/three pentatonic scales in minor keys Exploration of two pentatonic scales in major keys Study of 7th, m7 and 9th chords Mixolydian workouts and cool turnarounds Two full solos Multiple blues songs from the cannon Several blues jams
Preexisting knowledge: You’ll have done some lead work before and be good with barre chords. You’ll love the blues, you sadist.
Hit me with your rhythm stick workshops
For people who strum like they dance, or, hit the strings in the same way their aunty used to hit the dance floor at weddings, or approach a new piece of music with the same smoothness as leaning over to tie your shoelace and face planting the floor because your head is heavier than you thought it was (the last example is from personal experience).
Basic outcomes: To be able to read rhythms up to sixteenth notes To demonstrate and create using funk and soul techniques To expand upon current chord knowledge and delve into funkier, murkier waters.
Preexisting knowledge: You’ll be chord proficient and able to pick up exotic chord shapes. That’s all you need.
Beginners Improvisation workshops
This is for players of any level of experience who just never felt comfortable doing the lead stuff, or never tried it yet. Over four weeks you’ll go from strictly chords to strictly face melting solo’s-basically, you’ll change. Yeah, that’s right, you’ll change. By the end of it you’ll only wear spandex and a photo of you doing anything other than stood on top of a mountain playing a guitar will be a positive waste of your time… you massive rock star you! YEAH!
Basic Outcomes: Working two minor and major scales to create beautiful melody lines. Ability to purposefully use set rhythms and exploit a little, to make it sound like a lot. An understanding of keys. You’ll play at least one pre written 12 bar solo. Exploration of technique such as hammer ons, slides, trills and pull offs.
Preexisting knowledge: This is open to anyone that can read tab and make their fingers move-please message me if you’re unsure of your suitability.
Intermediate Improvisation workshops
For the boys and girls that can strut their stuff in a blues jam, can demonstrate their swagger in a funk session and have gone the hard way down in a riff burning rock off more than once.
Basic Outcomes: Development of complex solos and advanced riff ideas Exploration of Modal playing and parallel keys Study of tricky riffs written by me for you to untangle.
Preexisting knowledge: You’re a widdler and a noodler by nature-you’ve done this, but you’re looking for some new ideas; you know who you are. You’ll know the five pentatonics and various bits of techniques like slides, bends and how to glide across a stage on your knees without missing a beat.