More than a place to learn.
The Guitar Social began in 2014 based on the simple idea that playing and learning guitar is more fun if you do it with other people. It had one class, and twelve learners. Since then, it has become something else.
Today The Guitar Social is a place to meet new people. It's a place to learn new skills. To develop your musical confidence. To try things you have never tried before. It's the starting point on a great adventure. It's a community. It's about making friends. It's about going places. It's a class on a rainy Sunday. It's a jam on boat on a blue ocean. It's a pint in a pub. It's a shared pot of coffee at one of our camp retreats.
It's many things to many people, but most of all, it's the people within it, that make it what it is.
Founder & tutor
Thomas is the holder of The Guiness World Record for the World's Longest Guitar Lesson during which he taught over 250 people over 24 hours (and six minutes) in an art Gallery in Canning Town. He is also the Founder of this sprawling community of Guitar Players, holiday makers and event attendees, The Guitar Social.
Thomas started teaching aged 16 from his mothers spare room and has since then taught in schools, prisons, on boats, in jungles, on the street and across the world with the intention of bringing musicality to everyone and anyone that has a desire to play.
He believes in real life musical connection. He also believes that anyone that wants to play guitar can play guitar as evidenced in his charity TGSArts which provides free instruments and tuition to vulnerable adults such as the blind community, refugees and young people suffering with ill mental health.
Since The Guitar Social formed in 2013 he has delivered over 7000 hours of guitar classes to over 2000 people in real life settings offering people from all backgrounds the opportunity to find their musical voice and live their rock and roll guitar dreams.
In 2020 Thomas will be continuing to deliver music classes and events on and off line as well as opening his first permanent site in East London. He'll also be donating a further 150 guitars and facialitting tution to vulnerable adults across London.
Bands formed from The Guitar Social classes and events
These guys met in a class and have since spread their wings and taken on their own gigs and secured their own Rehersal facility. We remain fans and friends and often provide them with stage time at our events.