Semi-Private Group Lessons

(this is a long page – to avoid missing anything it is very suggestable you read on a larger computer screen vs a smartphone)
Wanna learn guitar, bass, ukulele or music in a fun group environment with others of a similar age group?
Cool Gool Music runs courses for kids 4-8 (Mod 1-5), tweens 9-12 (Mod 3-5), teens 13-19, adults & superadults (Mod 5 – 16).

Choose your course

For module details, please expand the menu under that module’s image.
For module days, location, FAQs, T&Cs, etc, please read further down the page

 

12 week courses @ £120 (except Module 5 & 11 that last 6 weeks)

For kids 4 to 12 yrs old (Beginners)

parent and kids guitar lessons
Mod 1 :
Parent & Child Guitar
(Level : Beginners, Kids 6-8)

For : parent & kids 6-8 to learn guitar together.
Prerequisites : Positive Attitude
Suggested Daily Practice : 10-15mins

  • Guitar introduction
  • Alternate picking
  • Learning notes on fingerboard
  • Introducing tabs
  • 1-, 2- & 3- fret chords
  • Playing in time & simple strum patterns
  • Simple everyday songs using open position chords
  • Group project : writing a song together
  • Song arrangements & rehearsal
  • Presentation gig

Parent & Kids Ukelele Lessons
Mod 2 :
Parent & Child Uke
(Level : Beginners,
Kids 4-8)

For : parent & kids 4-8 to learn ukulele together.
Prerequisites : Positive Attitude
Suggested Daily Practice : 5-10mins

  • Ukulele introduction
  • Open String names
  • Picking technique
  • Chords & Strumming
  • Playing in time
  • Reading TAB
  • Single-string melodies
  • Simple kid songs (e.g. “When the Saints Go Marching In”; Kumbaya”, and similar)

Guitar for Teens
Mod 3 :
Guitar for Tweens
(Level : Beginners, Kids 9-12)

For : Kids aged 9-12 who want to learn guitar
Prerequisites : Positive Attitude
Suggested Daily Practice : 5-10mins

  • All contents of Module 1
  • Learning the notes on the fingerboard up to 5th fret
  • Tuning the Guitar
  • Fingering technique
  • Group project : writing a song together
  • Song arrangements & rehearsal
  • Presentation gig

kids ukulele lessons London
Mod 4 :
Ukulele for Tweens
(Level : Beginners, Kids 9-12)

For : Kids aged 9-12 who want to learn ukulele
Prerequisites : Positive Attitude
Suggested Daily Practice : 5-10mins

  • All contents of Module 2 (for ukulele)
  • Learning the notes on the fingerboard up to 5th fret
  • Tuning the Uke/Guitar
  • Fingering technique
  • Group project : writing a song together
  • Song arrangements & rehearsal
  • Presentation gig

Rhythms for Kids music Lessons
Mod 5 :
6-week Music Clapping for Kids & Tweens
(Level : Beginners, Kids 4-12 - separate courses split by age groups)

For : Kids aged 4-12 interested in enjoying music without learning an instrument!
Prerequisites : Positive Attitude
Suggested Daily Practice : None

  • Kids learn how to clap rhythms
  • Clapping the pulse to kid songs
  • Listening and repeating
  • Tapping to rhythms of songs
  • Creating short & long rhythms that fit together
  • Percussions at some lessons

For Beginners (Teens OR Adults – grouped seperately)

Beginners Electric Guitar Lessons London
Mod 6 :
Beginners Electric Guitar
(Level : Beginners, Ages 13 to superadults - separate courses split by age groups)

For : Beginners into rock, pop and other modern music
Prerequisites : Positive Attitude
Suggested Daily Practice : 15 mins

  • Showcase of varied music styles
  • Learning all notes on the fingerboard
  • Alternate picking
  • Common techniques’ overview & introducing tabs
  • Intro scales
  • Putting techniques & scales into action as a group
  • Playing in time
  • Reproducing song rhythms
  • Listening development
  • Chord structure & rhythm ideas
  • Group project – applying rhythm & soloing together
  • Presentation gig

Beginners Acoustic Guitar Lessons London
Mod 7 :
Beginners Acoustic Guitar
(Level : Beginners, Ages 13 to superadults - separate courses split by age groups)

For : Beginners into acoustic folk guitar
Prerequisites : Positive Attitude
Suggested Daily Practice : 15 mins

  • Overview of varied folk styles & techniques
  • Learning all notes on the fingerboard
  • Alternate picking
  • Different guitar woods & sound production
  • Finger independence techniques
  • Basic open chords
  • Strumming in time to songs
  • Common scale fingerings
  • Creating melodies
  • Strum patterns
  • Working as a guitar duo : putting rhythm & melody together
  • Group project – Song composition & rehearsal
  • Presentation gig

adults ukulele lessons London
Mod 8 :
Ukulele for Teens & Adults
(Level : Beginners & Improver, Ages 13 to superadults - separate courses split by age groups)

For : Beginners & improver level ukulele
Prerequisites : Positive Attitude
Suggested Daily Practice : 15 mins

  • All contents of Module 2
  • Learning the notes on the fingerboard up to 5th fret
  • Tuning the Uke
  • Finger independence techniques
  • Basic open chords
  • Strumming in time to songs
  • Common scale fingerings
  • Creating melodies
  • Strum patterns
  • Group project : writing a song together
  • Song arrangements & rehearsal
  • Presentation gig

For Advanced Beginners (All Ages)

songwriter acoustic guitar lessons London
Mod 9 :
Improver Songwriter Acoustic
(Level : Advanced Beginners)

For : Acoustic guitar lovers who already play
Prerequisites : Some open chords & solid rhythm
Suggested Daily Practice : 20mins

  • Presentation of different acoustic guitar techniques, woods & sound production
  • Learning the fingerboard in full
  • Finger clarity techniques
  • Closed transpositional chords
  • Easy chord changes for songs
  • Circle of 5ths
  • Note time values
  • Tips for solid timing
  • Strum pattern examples
  • Understanding your fave songs’ strum patterns
  • Right hand relaxation techniques
  • Finger-picking
  • Finger-patterns with hand/pick
  • 2 – octave open scales
  • Joining harmony & melody : playing melodies & chords separately (as a guitar duo) and alone (as a solo guitarist)
  • Adding singing
  • Group project – writing a song
  • Presentation gig

Rock Guitar Lessons London
Mod 10 :
Improver Rock School
(Level : Advanced Beginners)

For : Electric guitarists who wanna rock out like a star!
Prerequisites : Some scale shapes, open & barre chords, & fingerboard knowledge (1 private lesson could be taken to cover this).
Suggested Daily Practice : 20mins

  • Overview of general rock & metal riffing
  • Palm muting & power chords
  • Building chords & mapping them on fingerboard
  • Rhythm guitar using closed position chords & 3-string 9th chords
  • Closed position speed scales – major, 3 minors (natural, harmonic, jazz melodic), pentatonic major & minor
  • Sequence patterns for soloing
  • Same scale harmonizing & arpeggio patterns
  • Tips to solo – find the key, forget it, groove on
  • Group project – real life ideas how to combine chords & solos as one
  • Presentation gig

For Improver to Advanced (All Ages)

blues guitar lessons London
Mod 11 :
6-week Blues Workshop
(Level : Improver to Intermediate)

For : Guitarists & bassists into blues & blues/rock
Prerequisites : Some Barre Chords
Suggested Daily Practice : 5-10 mins

  • Common blues progressions (including 7th barre chords)
  • 7 shapes of 1-octave blues & pentatonic scales all along guitar neck
  • 5 shapes of 2-octave blues & pentatonic scales all along guitar neck
  • 1 shape of 3-octave blues & pentatonic scales all along guitar neck
  • Soloing using all above scale shapes
  • How to use a finger slide
  • Common turnarounds
  • Common blues rhythms
  • Chord substitutions & additions
  • Song examples
  • Jamming

intermediate guitar lessons London
Mod 12 :
Intermediate Guitar
(Level : Intermediate)

For : Who wants to become an above average guitarist who plays across genres
Prerequisites : Basic understanding of most items in Module 9 (incl. fingerboard knowledge)
Suggested Daily Practice : 25mins

  • String skipping
  • Finger picking
  • Slur building techniques
  • Bending & vibrato
  • Modes – relation to major/ natural minor scales & mapping them on guitar
  • Vertical vs horizontal – applying parts of different modes to move within the same scale across fingerboard
  • Natural harmonics
  • Rhythm guitar in latin music
  • Group project – application of all above by writing 1 or 2 songs as a team
  • Presentation Gig

prog & jazz guitar lessons London
Mod 13 :
The Prog & Jazz Soloist
(Level : Advanced)

For : players into advanced rock & jazz
Prerequisites : Most of Module 10, basic sight reading, diatonic harmony knowledge, + a love for adventurous music
Suggested Daily Practice : 15mins alone + 1 weekly jam from lesson 4

  • Presentation of varied prog rock & jazz styles
  • Artificial harmonics
  • 9th, 11th, & 13th chords
  • Use of two-note chords (diads) in soloing
  • Combined flat & finger picking; Wes Montgomery octave-style playing
  • Transposition, modulation, pivot chords & secondary dominant 7th chords
  • Combining tapping with string skipping licks across modes
  • Extending the CAGED system to speed scales = more chord shapes & solos everywhere
  • Soloing with whole-tone & diminished scales
  • Jazz harmony – tritone substitutions, Naepolitan 6th chords, German augmented 6ths, Coltrane changes & Bebop scales
  • Presentation gig

Theory & Harmony Groups (All Levels & All Ages)

music theory lessons London
Mod 14 :
Music Theory Graded Exams
(Level : Beginners to Advanced)

For : Any player (not just guitarists) keen to learn classical OR practical theory
Prerequisites : Love for Music
Suggested Daily Practice : depends on grade

  • Get to the next level in 12 lessons! Choose between ABRSM/ LCM classical music theory (for general composition & its understanding) up to Grade 5; or LCM Popular Music Theory (keeping it simple as applicable to contemporary music) up to Grade 8.

theory, harmony & ear training lessons London
Mod 15 :
Know It Hear It Harmony & Practice
(Level : Beginners to Advanced)

For : Any player (not just guitarists) keen to learn how chords, scales & rhythms work to write/learn songs. Drop-ins welcome.
Prerequisites : Love for Music
Suggested Daily Practice : 5-10 mins

  • speed up your theoretic understanding during 1-2-1 lesson time thus having more time for hands-on practical applications
  • build a solid understanding of contemporary music regardless of your level on the guitar
  • how scales & chords are built, relate to each other & are used in song composition & improvisation
  • rhythmic notation
  • post-1950 contemporary pop & rock music history
  • how to move melodies & chords between keys (a common technique in songwriting)
  • FUN melodic, harmonic & rhythmic exercises

Once-Monthly Meet-Ups (All Levels & All Ages) @ £10 per session

Music Jam London
Mod 16 : 1 session
The Catch Up without Ketchup Jam
(Level : Beginners to Advanced)

For : Guitarists & bassists of all ages keen to become an effective band members.
Prerequisites : Pro-active Attitude
Suggested Daily Practice : NONE

  • Strange title but it is basically that – putting what one knows into use within a band scenario, without homework.
  • Very casual sessions that seem more as musicians meeting for a jam together.
  • Running every 3-4 weeks, drop-ins are welcome as every lesson differs.
  • Different styles, soloing, hearing & complimenting others, varied rhythm chops, harmonizing, etc etc – basically packs of song ideas non-stop!
  • Complimented from time to time with a Q & A session – where any student comes up with an ad hoc question, and the answer is relayed as class project.

guitar & bass & uke lessons London
Mod 17 : 2 sessions back-to-back
Improve Faster : Become amazing sooner!
(Level : Improver to Advanced)

For : any instrumentalist (not just guitarists) keen to learn how to practice without over-studying, making you a better player sooner at a relaxed pace.
Prerequisites : 2 months of study on your instrument
Suggested Daily Practice : n/a

  • How to divide your practice into different practice blocks (technique builders, scales & soloing, chords & rhythm, songs, theory & ear training, or a similar combination).
  • Practicing in chunks of small periods of time to help you focus more, achieve more, and improve faster.
  • How to fit your studies within your daily routine
  • An imaginary schedule will be addressed, directing different practice blocks with a focus of knowing what to achieve from each.
  • Afterparty – course followed by a mini-party (weather permitting). Perfect opportunity to meet other musicians of different backgrounds, levels & instruments.

6-week Courses @ £66

Rhythms for Kids music Lessons
Mod 5 :
6-week Music Clapping for Kids & Tweens
(Level : Beginners, Kids 4-12)

For : Kids aged 4-12 interested in enjoying music without learning an instrument!
Prerequisites : Positive Attitude
Suggested Daily Practice : None

  • Kids learn how to clap rhythms
  • Clapping the pulse to kid songs
  • Listening and repeating
  • Tapping to rhythms of songs
  • Creating short & long rhythms that fit together
  • Percussions at some lessons

blues guitar lessons London
Mod 11 :
6-week Blues Workshop
(Level : Improver to Intermediate)

For : Guitarists & bassists into blues & blues/rock
Prerequisites : Some Barre Chords
Suggested Daily Practice : 5-10 mins

  • Common blues progressions (including 7th barre chords)
  • 7 shapes of 1-octave blues & pentatonic scales all along guitar neck
  • 5 shapes of 2-octave blues & pentatonic scales all along guitar neck
  • 1 shape of 3-octave blues & pentatonic scales all along guitar neck
  • Soloing using all above scale shapes
  • How to use a finger slide
  • Common turnarounds
  • Common blues rhythms
  • Chord substitutions & additions
  • Song examples
  • Jamming


Which?

– Mod 16 – once-monthly @ £10
– Mod 17 – once-monthly @ £20
– Mods 5 & 11 – 6 weeks @ £66
– All others – 12 weeks @ £120 (or 2 blocks of £66)

When?
– As per following school terms OR as soon as 3 apply for same course. To get onto the next course, enrol today here.

Starting Week commencing Book & Pay by
2/01/17 28/12/16
27/02/17 24/02/17
24/04/17 19/04/17
5/06/17 31/05/17
24/07/17 19/07/17
04/09/17 30/08/16

 


Which day of the week?

  1. Kids – Tue/Wed/Thursday (at 4pm & 5pm) & Saturday (every hour from 10am to 4pm)
  2. Teens & Adults – Thursday (at 6pm, 7pm & 8pm) & Saturday (every hour from 10am to 4pm).


When is the exact day & time confirmed?
You will be communicated the confirmed time & day of the week the course will run 2 days after booking closes, 4 or more days before the course starts. Days and times are drawn according to majority’s preferred time e.g. if 5 adults prefer @ 3pm & 2 @ 11am, session runs 3pm; similarly if 5 kids prefer @ 10am & 2 @ 2pm, sessions runs 10am). Who cannot do the session will be offered the option to take individual lessons, or wait circa 8 weeks till the next term (sooner if 3 apply for same course ahead of that, so suggest your friends and get £10 discount).
VERY IMPORTANT – When applying, list as many alternatives as possible so we choose time most applicants prefer.


Where?
Please read our T & Cs drop-down menu for all 4 studios in SE16 & E1 where lessons are held.

Please note!
– By booking for lessons, it is understood that you/your child already has an instrument, or ~£25 uke/ ~£50 for acoustic guitar/ ~£90 for electric/bass guitar set aside to buy by latest at your 1st lesson (we will help you choose an instrument).
– For Mod 1 & 2, fees cover both parent & child. The same parent/guardian to attend every session, to ensure that course work is revised at home in the same fun way as in class. Hence, it is ideal that the parent gets a 2nd guitar/ uke.
– Drop-ins (by advising us 1 week ahead) are welcome for Modules 14-16 only.
– For electric guitar courses, please bring your own jack.

Please read T & Cs

Please note that by enrolling yourself/your child to group lessons, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

1. Location:
– Courses in E1 are held at Osmani Centre.
– Courses in SE16 are held at either Cool Gool Music, Docklands Settlements Rotherhithe Community Centre, or Canada Water Studios, all walking proximity of each other (click links for maps), so venue may change among the 3 locations via 1 week advance written notice.

2. Fees are payable upfront for a block of 6 or 12 lessons (you get a discount if paying all 12 lessons upfront). If the majority of participants wish (especially for kids), there will be a break during mid-term holidays, however if you pay in 2 blocks, lessons 7-12 are due at lesson 4.

3. Refunds:
(a) It is in your interest to attend lessons. Missing them is your choice, so no refunds are due.
(b) Due to advance venue hire, if one drops out after registering/ during course, a refund for any due lessons (less £10 admin fee) is issued only if 6 students are currently in the course.
(c) In the rare & unlikely event that Cool Gool Music cancels a lesson, 1 week advance notice is given via email & £10 fee are refunded.
(d) Once registration closes, if the lessons run on a day you do not list on applying, Cool Gool Music will refund you the whole amount, unless you prefer to instead use the fees towards individual lessons at a convenient day to you, or wait till next term hoping the course runs on day you prefer.
(e) If there are not enough applicants for a particular course, your payment is put forward for the next starting course date, generally 8-9 weeks later. If still no course starts then, Cool Gool Music will refund you all the money, unless you prefer to use the fees towards individual lessons.

4. Consent: By agreeing to these T & Cs, students/guardians herewith allow Cool Gool Music
(a) to teach respective applicants 16 & younger in their care
(b) to video lessons for the sake of continually improving lessons for you
(c) to use videos excerpts & lesson photos for promotion. These media will be forwarded to you to show to friends, and get rewarded £10 for every friend of yours who enrols.

5. Instrument : It is understood that you have a guitar/ukulele of your own. If not, Cool Gool Music can provide advice about/ sell you cheap but good entry level instruments (think ~£25 for ukes, ~£50 for acoustic guitars, ~£90 for electric/bass guitars) at the 1st lesson.

Please read FAQs.

I am not a beginner. Do you have a group course for me?
Indeed! There are courses for advanced beginners (ideal if you already play but never took lessons), intermediate & advanced players. Anything from pop to rock to metal to jazz or whatever your style.

Do you teach other instruments besides guitar?
Yes – bass, ukulele, music theory, rhythm and harmony (open to all musicians not just guitarists). Under each module pic there is a drop-down menu with course details.

How do I confirm my slot for group lessons?
Your slot is confirmed once you effect payment via paypal at the registration page, or into the bank account emailed to you once you register.

How many students will there be in a group session?
3 to 8 max to ensure that each participant gets personal attention.

At what age can one start?
Kids 4-8 function better in a same age group – more fun & more rewarding (as it challenges them to match up to other kids). So for this age group, I recommend Mods 1 & 2 Parent & Child, so the kid is accompanied by a parent/guardian, to ensure that home practice is in the same fun method used in class.

There is a course which clashes with prior commitments. However, I really would like to start learning soon.
Please register and once 3 people enrol for your same course, I will contact you to start on a mutually suitable date. So please supply as many availabilities as possible to make this easier! And if you recommend friends, you get rewarded £10 for each who enrol.

Read more FAQs here.

Group/individual?

Info 1-2-1 Group
Start As soon as you want Each time 3 apply for same course
50mins £25 £10-£11
30mins £15 n/a
Flexibility You can change day/time each week Same day/time each week for course duration
Pay frequency 1 lesson in advance 6 weeks (£66) or 12 weeks (£120) in advance

 

Ready to book your group course? Book here!

Or do individual lessons suit you better? Info here.