Workshops, 6-1 Weeks

TERM THREE TIMETABLE NOW HERE! STARTS JUNE 2018

We’re happy to announce new courses in new disciplines to get you challenged, stimulated and moving like an atom in the Hadron Collider on a sharp trajectory to musical glory.

Through our tutors Thomas, Will, Michael and Vic you’ll find areas of expertise in Jazz, shred-speed playing and improvisational skills. Below you can read times, dates and find out about your new tutor. To book, check availability here or call Thomas on 07425871904

Pop on Guitar with Thomas

Two stand-alone sessions exploring the use of Guitar in Popular music with a focus on artists such as Rhianna, Taylor Swift, Lorde and Sia. Open to beginners upwards.

Dates: 24th of March at 1.30pm and the 2nd of June at 3pm. Check availability here.

Cost: £20 per session.

An introduction to Jazz

For the Jazz nerds and theoretically insatiable, The Guitar Socials first ever Jazz course delivered by one of the biggest Jazz nerds we could find.

Learn how to create any chord extension you want, how to apply theory to make you sound better, play a walking bass line over a chord progression, play jazz standards and understand modal playing.

Dates: 17th of March, 24th of March, 31st of March, 7th of April, 28th of April and 5th of May at 13.30pm. Check availability here.

Cost: £210, four people per group.

Shred Skills with Michael

Tapping, legato, picking techniques, blistering licks, sweep picking and vibrato. A perfect introduction to shredding and making your guitar sound like it was forged in a furnace hotter than sun.

Dates: 24th of February, 10th of March, 24th of March at 15.00pm. Check availability here.

Cost: £105, four people per group. 4.5 hours of class with accompanying resources and videos.

Beginners Improvisation with Vic

Learn your first scales and how to play those against a selection of backing tracks. Learn riffs, trick and technique including slides, hammer-ons and pull off. Suitable for anyone that can read tabs and is comfortable with open chords.

Dates: 10th of March, 24th of March, 7th of April at 12pm. Check availability here.

Cost: £105, four people per group, 4.5 hours of class with accompanying resources and videos.

Intermediates Improvisation with Vic

For anyone that has tried scales, knows a couple of pentatonics but is struggling to make them sound as awesome as they sound in your head.

Learn chord tone soloing, arpeggios and extra sweet blues and soul-infused licks.

Dates: 10th of March, 24th of March, 7th of April at 13.30pm. Check availability here.

Cost: £105, four people per group, 4.5 hours of class with accompanying resources and videos.

Beginners Funk with Thomas

A two-session workshop focusing on major and minor simple inversions and three separate funk rhythms. By the close of the second session, the group will be able to jam an improvised funk piece as well as play two classic funk songs.

Dates: 31st of March and the 28th of April at 12pm. Check availability here.

Costs: £55 for two sessions.

Four Chords, Many Songs with Thomas

There’s a secret chord progression that has been used to write thousands of songs; in this one off fun workshop you’ll learn how to play it, and then how to apply three seperate rhythms so it takes on a unique sound. We’ll then explore the songs it is used in with a view to playing four songs by the end of the session. This is perfect for people that have just started playing and want to boost their son book.

Dates: 31st of March at 1.30pm.

Costs: £25.

Song Exploder with Thomas

Based on the excellent Podcast, Song Exploder, this is a chance to listen to how a song was created, what inspired its conception and hear what the individual musical components of that song were before setting to work recreating the track in a live format. Suitable for people with confidence in Open chords.

Dates: 31st of March at 3pm, song in focus: Try Not to Breath by REM.  Check availability here.  26th of May at 1.30pm, song in focus: The Young Folk by Peter, Bjorn and John. Check availability here.

Cost: £25 per session.

Folk and Finger Style with Thomas

A three-session exploration of basic fingerstyle focusing on Travis and Carter Picking whilst exploring some songs from cannon. Suitable for people that are confident with Open Chord shapes and are looking for new musical directions.

Dates: 7th of April at 1.30pm, 5th of May at 3pm and 19th of May at 3pm. Check availability here.

Costs: £90

Big Riffs with Thomas

Get to grips with some hot and heavy riffs including Don’t Fear The Reaper, Back in Black, Ticket to Ride, Paranoid as well as others suggested by the group. Suitable for people with Tab reading skills and some small experience with playing basic lead lines.

Dates: 28th of April at 12pm and 12th of May at 1.30pm. Check availability here.

Costs: £40

Big Riffs with Thomas

Get to grips with some hot and heavy riffs including Don’t Fear The Reaper, Back in Black, Ticket to Ride, Paranoid as well as others suggested by the group. Suitable for people with Tab reading skills and some small experience with playing basic lead lines.

Dates: 28th of April at 12pm and 12th of May at 1.30pm. Check availability here.

Costs: £40

Blues with Thomas

A generic study of the blues covering three cool sounding turnarounds, two formats of twelve bar blues played in three keys, one blues solo and a broad look at blues songs to build the groups setlist. Suitable for people comfortable with barre chords and good tab reading skills.

Dates:  5th of May at 1.30, 12th of May at 1.30 and the 26th of May at 12pm.  Check availability here.

Costs: £95

Intermediates Soloing with Thomas

Learn how to play two short solo’s using pentatonic shapes. You can expect your fretting hand technique to improve through studies of hammer-ons and pulls, slides and trills as well as equipping yourself with some hand licks to impress your mates with. We are yet to decide on the solo’s. Get in touch to be kept up to date.

Dates: 19th of May at 1.30pm and 26th of May at 3pm. Check availability here.

Costs: £50

About your tutors 

Vic

Vic

Vic started playing in his teens inspired by the melodic soloing of Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton. Further discoveries led to an appreciation of BB King, Peter Green, Buddy Guy and many other Blues masters. Also a lover of melodic songwriting he is heavily influenced by artists such as Neil Finn, Neil Young and Ryan Adams.

Vic is also active in The Guitar Socials team building organisation providing lunch time workshops for major businesses throughout London.

 

 

 

Michael

After picking up his first Guitar when Blur and Oasis were fresh new icons of Michaelcontemporary music, Michael found himself attracted to the more technical aspects of guitar playing and focused his studies on more speed, more notes and in some cases more strings than is socially acceptable.

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Will

Old Man Will

Will has been playing guitar since the dawn of time, or thereabouts… He believes that a grounding in theory is key to taking your playing to the next level but understands that theory need not be scary. His main love is Jazz Guitar-the sophisticated chords, rich harmonies and the history of Jazz all keep his musical boat well and truly afloat.

 

 

 

Thomas

meThe Guitar Social was founded by Thomas Binns in 2013. Thomas studied music at Leeds College of Music and Leeds University in the early 2000’s. Thomas is a prolific teacher and has, at the last count, taught over 2400 people across a decade long career in musical education. His time is spent teaching at The Guitar Social, providing tuition for team building purposes, organising and hosting musical retreats and running The Guitar Social’s charity, TGS Arts.

For more information and payment information please email thomas@theguitarsocial.com or give us a shout on 07425871904.

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