Course Duration: Eight Weeks
Dates and times of classes:
Sundays 11am – 12.30pm– Week 1-5th of September, week 2-12th of September, week 3-19th of September, Week 4- 26th of September, Week 5-3rd of October, week 6- 10th of October, week 7- 17th of October and week 8 24th of October.
Wednesday 7.30-9pm – Week 1- 1st September, Week 2-8th of September, Week 3-15th of September, Week 4-22nd of September, Week 5-29th of September, Week 6, 6th of October, Week 7, 13th of October and Week 8 20th of October.
Class Size 8-10
What is a beginner?
Welcome to the club! You’re about to join the ranks of some of the finest, most creative, often chaotic/erratic/wonderful people on planet earth-you’re about to become a Musician!
A beginner is exactly that, someone starting at the beginning. You’ve never played a guitar, maybe you’ve never even touched a guitar, but one thing is for certain, you’re curious and you like the way they sound and in our books, that is plenty.
You have a great adventure ahead of you. Thank you for choosing The Guitar Social as the launch pad for this incredible thing you’re about to do.
p.s sometimes beginner courses are taken by people that aren’t strictly beginners but are looking to remind themselves of some of the basics. This is cool with us and regardless of the level of our participants, beginners sessions are run at a beginners level.
Quick overview of the course
You’ll be working alongside a group of players who have arrived at the same stage of learning as you and have identified that there is more fun to be had if we move our playing along as a team effort. This involves group jams, organising practice groups, sharing the experience and using positive peer pressure.
What you’ll learn
Chord work-across eight weeks we’ll be learning chords C, Dm, Em, Fmaj7, G, Em, A, D, E, A7, D7 and E7. These chords will be used to play songs at a rate of one song a week.
Tab Reading-Music reading for entry level guitar. 10 exercises and four fun melodies to be jammed with your group.
Scales-the building blocks of all melody. One pentatonic and two open major scales.
Beginners theory-not names on the fretboard, how chords are built, what time signature means for your playing and how to use runners, metronomes and other guitar gadgets.
How a typical session runs
We open with a simple two song jam to blow away the cobwebs, raise the roof, place the woes of the day in the bin of rock and roll abandon.
Turn to our random topic generator (literally a wooden wheel of fortune) and see where it lands. It might take us to New York in the late 1970’s or to Berlin in the 80’s or to a great film soundtrack or one of popular music’s great eccentrics. Wherever it lands, we’ll have a discussion about it, learn some new stuff and then jam a relevant song.
We then spend 30 minutes discussing the practice material from the previous week which you’ll have been doing diligently (of course) and set up the practice for the week ahead.
The remainder of the session is spent applying the material we have picked up by jamming through our repertoire.
We have a library of songs that work well in group jams that we can lean upon in the early stages, but, as time passes the songs we play are likely going to be chosen by you and your class mates.
How do the Social events work
The Guitar Social is the biggest network of ‘offline’ guitar players in the UK. This means that in the real world, away from the computer screen, we have more players of every level linked, networked and sharing the incredible experience of being a musician together than anybody else. We know this because when we started in 2013, there were no other organisations such as ours. We invented it. So with confidence you can attend any of events and be sure to meet an interesting character who will tell you about an album they love or a passionate strummer who will wan to talk about a guitar purchase they’re about to make or a semi shy beginner hiding a serious vocal talent and gigantic stadium filling ambitions. Your phone book will fill with new friends, people to go meet, people to go jam with. This is what we do best and this is what our events are for.
Where does it take place
All our classes are held from our bar in Bethnal Green. The address is 3, Vyner Street, E2 9DG
You can reach On Vyner by walking 8 minutes up from Bethnal Green underground station (Central line), by walking 2 minutes from Cambridge Heath Overground station (Orange line) or by driving. Parking is free on Vyner street after 5.50pm weekdays and all day over the weekend
The nitty gritty – Here’s what you get for your money
15 hours of guided jamming and learning
4 modules of learning with assessments and video practice guides
3 music theory podcasts
8 weeks of practice schedules
4 practice sessions with your group organised by The Guitar Social (but you and your class mates may decide to do more independently)
8 + weeks of events
8 weeks of access to our members club and bar in Bethnal Green
1 principle tutor
2 guest tutors
Countless good memories.
Any questions can be sent to email@example.com
We can’t wait to have you with us.
To book, scroll to September in the calendar and select either the Wednesday or Sunday start date