Sunday Intermediates Guitar -East London
Course Duration: Six Weeks
Cost: £140 + VAT
Dates and times of classes:
Every Sunday at 2-3.30pm – Week 1 14th November, week 2 21st November, Week 3 28th November, Week 4 5th December, week 5 12th December, Week 6 19th December
Class Size: approx 10
What is an intermediate Guitar Player?
Coming in to this course, you do not need to consider yourself ‘intermediate’. The purpose of the program is to steer you in that direction. You will need to have knowledge of E and A Type Barre chords along with a growing understanding of the note names across the fret board, particularly on the low E and A strings.
You will know a couple of scales, probably (but not essentially) the pentatonic shapes and you may have used these before to play small solos or improvised your own lead work.
Open chords are old hat and you can respond well and quickly to new shapes.
You have enthusiasm in your heart and itchy fingers, ready to become a better, more social player. You’ve spent hours at the coal face of YouTube tutorials and now look at you, you’re almost there!
We’re delighted to have you with us. Now let’s make you a rock star.
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
You’ll learn how to be confident playing alongside other people and you’ll learn about the joy that comes from the swelling of sound when a jam kicks in. Aside from that…
Making sense of and using the five pentatonic shapes
Improvising, from basics to face melting glory.
Creative chord voicing’s
The CAGED System
Each module of learning comes with a mini self assessment. You can choose to share the results with your tutor, or use them as a private measure as to how you are getting on.
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 our events and be sure to meet an interesting character who will tell you about an album they love or a passionate strummer who will want 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
9 hours of guided jamming and learning
4 modules of learning with assessments and video practice guides
2 music theory podcasts
6 weeks of practice schedules
2 practice sessions with your group organised by The Guitar Social (but you and your class mates may decide to do more independently)
6 + weeks of events
6 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.