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In London, there are a number of organisations that offer this, such as City Lit or Morley, does anyone have any experience with any of these? Local authorities also offer this, but I am a bit dubious about these.
I have one2one classes right now, but I would not mind a bit social interaction round this as well.
I think that if you want to study for grades though, you should probably go to private lessons. Try it though, I'm interested.http://start.ubuntu.com/8.04/
What we use to do was to learn pieces of music and scales e.t.c, so help progress with playing, but there was a jamming song that was also learn't in the lesson. So at the end of the lesson the whole class would play this song together, as you had guitar lessons, vocals, bass and drums also having tuition.
If your going for the social side and to learn performance skills then it is a good idea, but I think also its good to have some one to one tuition as well. May be once a month with a private teacher.
Group lessons work great for things like summer camps where there is a specific theme for the camp, and where everyone has previous knowledge but is working on an extension of what they already know . For example, last year we held a CD recording summer camp where students learned to compose as a group, and then recorded their own 4-track CD at the end of the camp. The group setting was great as it provided students with lots of inspiration and motivation.
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