Choose and book onto your Membership courses


You can choose up to five workshops a week plus one joy of the jam class which you’ll join every week for 4 weeks so that you can get to know the same group of people. Create yourself a mixed bag, but don’t overwhelm yourself.

Booking onto one off workshops and longer courses

First you need to take out a membership here once you’ve done that you’ll need to head to the Student’s Corner page of our website where we store all of your learning material, plus the course sign up spreadsheet. You’ll need to request and be given access the first time you enter

Check below or here on how to choose which level is right for you. And see below for a brief description of each course

Beginners

8 Week beginner programme for those who have never played before. See our dedicated beginners Academy page for a full write up. Not, the beginners classes are not part of membership and can only be booked through the beginners academy

Beginner’s Step up

In this 3 week course we’ll be preparing those who may have just completed a beginners 8 week course, or those who are feeling a bit nervous about joining jams, with the skills to start jamming songs with others. This course is part of membership

Improvers

Bridging the gap between open chords and just about getting ‘it’ to feeling confident with your barre chords, scales and improvisation. All players from previous improvers courses are welcome to attend as the material is always new

Intermediates

CAGED, advanced rhythms, hybrid chord and lead work, improvisation using the major scale, chord extensions

Advanced

We’re going deep on the fretboard by running through chord progressions in a jazz style, taking on two songs with a soul vibe (to be confirmed) learning how to swing 9th chords in authentic style, and enjoying extended weekly jams. They’ll be modal pit stops and some of the freakiest arpeggio work you’ll have ever encountered. Highly recommended for the player with some time to practice.

Joy of the Jam

Facilitated jams – Breaking songs down and playing them for the fun of it.

Improver level Blues

Taking on one new song each week along with a collection of blues turnarounds, leads-roaches, licks and tricks. This workshop has a link with our blues jam hosted every two weeks at St Elmo’s, Kings Cross.

Intermediate level blues

Each week you’ll learn a new song, extended riffs and solo’s, pick up improvising ideas and take on some of the more swing based, higher end ideas within blues rhythm playing.

Beginner’s Bass

Ever wanted to be a lip pouting, vest waring cool as heck bass player? Just like Sting?! Ever wanted to slap those strings like the funkiest mother funker that ever strode across this green and groovy planet? Just like Flea?! Well here’s your chance, .

We love the six-string guitar, but boy do we love the bass as well. Is there any finer feeling than hitting that lunar note and letting it ring out long and low? We don’t think so.
You’re coming in from the very start, hitting root notes, and then working your way up to arpeggios, classic riffs and excellent technique.

Improver level Bass

You’ll be working through arpeggios outside of there boxed and caged systems, taking on some funk and learning extended song (full rather than riffs.

Rock Classics

Making small ideas sound big. Expect lots of 5th chords and face melting solo’s

Pedal Paradise

You’ve got the guitars and the amplifiers (maybe), and now you realise that pedals are also part of a guitarist arsenal. Join us for this workshop on guitar pedals where every session we’ll dive deep into different guitar effects and how they work, as well as learn a song that uses such effect.

Songwriting and composition

How to find the idea, create the spark and see a song from inception to completion using tried and tested writing techniques and tips and tricks from some of popular music’s biggest song writers. A four week course.

Funk

You’ll be working your way through three classic funk songs, eight funk riffs and having ongoing discussions about key funk players.

First Solos

Look at you! You’ve done the work, got command of your fingers and now you’re ready to tackle your first solos

Solo Ideas 1

Incorporating 3rds into your soloing. Why would you want to do that? Because they sound GORGOUS. And, also, taking a mindful approach to your soloing is the way to move your improvising and solo work away from that liner sound.

Solo ideas 2

Incorporating 6ths into your playing you flash git. 6ths sound like what heaven might sound like if heaven was not a half pipe as the post punk band OPM predicated and instead was a massive guitar.

3 Big Riffs

Over 3 weeks we’ll be delving into 3 massive riffs from history ‘s biggest riffers

Dynamics on Guitar

Dynamics can be described as the energy level of the music at a given point within a song. If a band were to come out and play only at its highest/peak energy level, it would get very boring, very quickly. A song must have peaks and valleys, emotional shifts, and builds and breakdowns, in order to maintain a listener’s interest. So join us for this course on dynamics where you will learn how to get the best sound and range out of your guitar playing.

From the Guitar Social Community

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 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
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
03/02/2022
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
02/02/2022
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
01/02/2022
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
01/02/2022
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
31/01/2022
Unbelievably great, not kidding.
Marcella Puppini
Marcella Puppini
31/01/2022
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.
hashtagobi
hashtagobi
31/01/2022
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.
27/01/2022
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
25/01/2022
The coolest club in London!
Colin Taylor
Colin Taylor
25/01/2022
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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