What we're about

What we're about

The Toronto Guitar Meetup is your destination for guitar related learning, jams, workshops, and activities. Some of our events are free and for others, there is a fee which will be clearly indicated.

If you have any guitar related questions we are here to answer them. We have over 30 instructors and professional musicians connected with our meetup who specialize in every music style and have extensive experience working with all ages and levels of guitarists.

Guitar Jams, Workshops and Activities

The Toronto Guitar Meetup is pleased to host guitar jams, auditions and workshops throughout the year for our members. These events are often led by Toronto Guitar School instructors or internationally respected musicians or professional clinicians. If you have an idea for an interesting guitar related event, workshop or activity please let us know.

Private Lessons, Group Classes, Rock Bands and Ensembles at the Toronto Guitar School

For those interested in private or semi-private music lessons, you can visit http://www.torontoguitarschool.com or call 416-707-1077. The Toronto Guitar School offers music lessons in every major instrument for all ages and levels. In addition to private lessons, the Toronto Guitar School offers a wide variety of group classes in guitar, ukulele, songwriting, and theory as well as numerous Rock Bands and ensembles that rehearse weekly that you can join for as little as $20/session.

Guitar Repair and Sales Advice

Toronto Guitar School instructor and luthier James Sawyer has been doing setups and repairs for guitars and basses for over 30 years. James also works part-time at Remenyi House of Music as a Guitar Sales Person and is a great resource for anyone needs advice or has any questions about guitars.

If you have any questions or suggestions that would make your meetup experience more enjoyable, please email us at info@torontoguitarschool.com.

On behalf of the Toronto Guitar Meetup I welcome you to our musical community!

Yours in music,

Glen Alan

Founder: Toronto Guitar Meetup
Director: Toronto Guitar School and Mint Music

Notes About Using our Meetup Pages:

As there often can be many classes and activities offered in any given week, we strongly suggest you modify your Meetup email notifications so you are not inundated with automatic emails from this group.

Click here ( http://www.meetup.com/help/customer/en/portal/articles/464969-edit-my-email-settings/ ) to learn how to edit your Meetup email notifications.

Please note that not every class, lesson, or service the Toronto Guitar School offers is listed on this Meetup. Furthermore, the Toronto Guitar School is part of Mint Music (Formerly Find A Way Music) ( http://www.mintmusic.ca/ ). Founded in 1998, Mint Music has over 35 instructors teaching every major instrument and style. If there's a certain class or type of lesson you are looking for, please email us at info@torontoguitarschool.com. We may already offer it!

Be sure to check our Meetup regularly as new courses, classes, events, and workshops are being added every week.

Some helpful links:

Calendar (http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Guitar-School-and-Meetup/events/)

Staff Directory (http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Guitar-School-and-Meetup/pages/19713223/TORONTO_GUITAR_SCHOOL_TEACHERS/)

Toronto Guitar School Online Video Lessons (http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Guitar-School-and-Meetup/pages/19677786/Toronto_Guitar_School_Online_Guitar_Lessons/)

Location and Directions (http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Guitar-School-and-Meetup/pages/20079417/Toronto_Guitar_School_Directions_-_116_Bond_Street/)

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Upcoming events (5)

Music Theory Level 1 - 10 Class Online Course

Online event

CA$200.00

Are you interested in becoming a better musician? Improving your soloing? Becoming musically more “literate”? If you answered ‘yes’, this course is for you! A working knowledge of the fundamentals of music will help you improve your overall musicianship in any situation. You will learn how to: – Master common chord progressions – Notate melodies and rhythms – Understand keys and transposition – Learn how to recognize musical intervals and chord types by ear – Improve soloing choices through understanding scale/chord relationships – Improve your time and groove in various musical styles Come join us for the stimulating and informative course! Gain confidence and open up your musical choices. Requirements: Ability to play an instrument (guitar, keyboard etc.) or sing is helpful. Every participant will have access to guitars (both electric and acoustic), ukuleles, a drum kit and a piano that is in the room where the class is held. Working knowledge of the keyboard or guitar and the ability to play basic chords is recommended. If you own a guitar if it is recommended that you bring your guitar to class. If it is an electric lets us know in advance so we can provide everyone with an amp. Class size is limited to 6 people and spots are filled when prepayment is received in full. Payment details are below. Instructor: Glen Alan Glen Alan's Bio A graduate of the Humber College Jazz Vocal program, Glen Alan has performed in venues in Canada, the US, and Europe. Glen has his Grade 8 Piano Certification with honours from the Royal Conservatory and also plays and teaches guitar and ukulele at the Toronto Guitar School. Some of the people Glen has worked and performed with include Keifer Sutherland, Don Francks, David "Soulfingaz" Williams, Jackie Richardson, Julian Taylor, Don Ross, Brian Dickenson, Tim Donahue, Natalie McMaster, Mark Dubois, Lenny Soloman, Steven T Hunter, Tim Bovaconti, Paul Delong, Wendell Ferguson, Suba Sankaran and Dylan Bell. In 1996 Glen founded Mint Music (formerly known as Find A Way) and the Toronto Guitar School in 2014. Mint Music today is a thriving music school, recording studio, video, and live event company. Glen Alan has many years experience in the recording studio and stage as a recording engineer, producer and recording and performing artist. CLASS SCHEDULE Class 1: Tuesday, July 28th, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 2: Tuesday, Aug 4th, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 3: Tuesday, Aug 11th, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 4: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 5: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 6: Tuesday, Sept 1st, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 7: Tuesday, Sept 8th, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 8: Tuesday, Sept 15th, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 9: Tuesday, Sept 22nd, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 10: Tuesday, Sept 29th, 6:30-7:30 PM SPECIAL OFFER: Pre-pay for this course before it begins and SAVE Over $112.50!* You will Receive: • $50 off the regular course cost of $250 • 50% discount on 1-hour private music lessons (Savings of $37.50)** • AND one FREE additional guitar class** Bonus: Those enrolled in our guitar courses ALWAYS receive the discounted rate on all of our classes and courses. * This offer may not be combined with any other special offers or discounts ** Must be redeemed before completion of the course Payments can be made using email transfer by sending payment to the Toronto Guitar School's official email address [masked] Please contact the school directly through email or phone [masked]) before making payment for further instructions. Payments can also be made in person at the Toronto Guitar School's Yonge and Dundas location (116 Bond Street) by appointment only. Cheque or cash are the accepted methods of payment at this location. Payment must be received 24 hours prior to the start of the class to receive the discounted price otherwise the regular course rate of $250 applies. Feel free to email us at [masked] or phone[masked] if you have any further questions.

Mixing Fundamentals with Mix Engineer Greg Kolchinsky - 5 Classes

Online event

CA$100.00

Course description This “Introduction To Mixing” Course is aimed at both aspiring hobbyists and professionals. Modern technology has made it possible to compose, record, and mix music in almost any environment at an affordable price. Although developments in new technology have levelled the playing field, allowing many to record and mix the recordings or their own and others, the art of a great mix is still something that eludes many. A great mix cannot be achieved simply by having the right equipment and gear. Like a formula one race car driver you need the experience and training to deliver exceptional results and sort through the myriad of tools now at one’s disposal. Throughout this course Greg Kolchinsky will share his many years of recording studio experience and insight to enlighten participants in the philosophy and technical choices that make for a great mix. The course is based on the understanding that, while being provided with great tools to foster their creativity, aspiring engineers may lack certain technical and psychological basics in their approach. The course aims to fill these gaps and help everyone achieve a better mix while building upon their previous experience. Participants will also have the opportunity to have their mixes critiqued and reviewed by the class and Greg on a couple of occasions during the course. Mixing Fundamentals will focus mainly on decisions that will set the stage for enjoyable and successful mixing experience. It will help artists and aspiring mix engineers to better direct their creative energy, while dealing with fewer distractions and setbacks. CLASS SCHEDULE Class 1: Tuesday, July 28th, 7:30-8:30 PM Class 2: Tuesday, Aug 4th, 7:30-8:30 PM Class 3: Tuesday, Aug 11th, 7:30-8:30 PM Class 4: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 7:30-8:30 PM Class 5: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 7:30-8:30 PM SPECIAL OFFER: Pre-pay for this course before it begins and SAVE Over $112.50!* You will Receive: • $50 off the regular course cost of $150 • 50% discount on 1-hour private music lessons (Savings of $37.50)** • AND one FREE additional online class** Bonus: Those enrolled in our online courses ALWAYS receive the discounted rate on all of our classes and courses. * This offer may not be combined with any other special offers or discounts ** Must be redeemed before completion of the course and worth equal or lesser value Payments can be made using email transfer by sending payment to the Toronto Guitar School's official email address [masked] Please contact the school directly through email or phone [masked]) before making payment for further instructions. Payments can also be made in person at the Toronto Guitar School's Yonge and Dundas location (116 Bond Street) by appointment only. Cheque or cash are the accepted methods of payment at this location. Payment must be received 24 hours prior to the start of the class to receive the discounted price otherwise the regular course rate of $150 applies. Feel free to email us at [masked] or phone[masked] if you have any further questions.

Ukulele Level 1 - 10 Class Online Course

Online event

CA$200.00

Course Description: Our Ukulele 1, 10 Class Course for Beginners is our most popular ukulele course. Prepay before the class begins and take the entire course for the reduced rate of $200. Don't wait too long to register and pay for this course as our Level 1 Classes are very popular and even though it may not show on the meetup there are already people that have signed up and prepaid for this course through the Toronto Guitar School website and the school itself. Requirements: No prior knowledge of the ukulele necessary just a willingness to have fun and make some new friends! If you do not own a ukulele do not worry, we have a wide variety of ukuleles available for rental or purchase. Learn to: - Read tablature and understand chord charts - Play popular uke songs as performed Vance Joy (RipTide), Adele, Fugees, Maroon 5, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole (Over The Rainbow), Taylor Swift, Simon and Garfunkle, Ed Sheeran, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac (Landslide), Elvis Presley, Reneé Dominique, Radiohead, Twenty One Pilots (Can't Help Falling In Love), Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Ben E. King, Carol King, Sting, The Police, Alice Keys, Eric Clapton, No Doubt, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Black Eyed Peas and more. - Play in a group and jam with others - Improve your fingerpicking technique with interesting and satisfying ukulele fingerpicking songs. - Learn to memorize any song quickly and effectively - Expand your Uke repertoire with cool and hip uke songs For more information please email at [masked] or phone[masked]. Toronto Guitar School Instructor: Glen Alan Glen's Bio: http://www.torontoguitarschool.com/team/glen-alan/ For samples of Glen’s own music and performances please visit his reverbnation profile at http://www.reverbnation.com/glenalan CLASS SCHEDULE Class 1: Wednesday, July 29th, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 2: Wednesday, Aug 5th, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 3: Wednesday, Aug 12th, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 4: Wednesday, Aug 19th, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 5: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 6: Wednesday, Sept 2nd, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 7: Wednesday, Sept 9th, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 8: Wednesday, Sept 16th, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 9: Wednesday, Sept 23rd, 6:30-7:30 PM Class 10: Wednesday, Sept 30th, 6:30-7:30 PM SPECIAL OFFER: Pre-pay for this course before it begins and SAVE Over $112.50!* You will Receive: • $50 off the regular course cost of $250 • 50% discount on 1-hour private music lessons (Savings of $37.50)** • AND one FREE additional class of equal or lessor value** Bonus: Those already enrolled in 1 of our courses ALWAYS receive the discounted rate on any additional class and/or course they sign up for. * This offer may not be combined with any other special offers or discounts ** Must be redeemed before completion of the course Payments can be made using email transfer by sending payment to the Toronto Guitar School's official email address [masked] Please contact the school directly through email or phone [masked]) before making payment for further instructions. Payments can also be made in person at the Toronto Guitar School's Yonge and Dundas location (116 Bond Street) by appointment only. Cheque or cash are the accepted methods of payment at this location. Please note that a face mask is required to enter the building and social distancing rules will be observed. Payment must be received 24 hours prior to the start of the class to receive the discounted price otherwise the regular course rate of $250 applies. Feel free to email us at [masked] or phone[masked] if you have any further questions.

RockBand/Ensemble Auditions - FREE!

Mint Music Yonge & Dundas

Join us for the Toronto Guitar School's second RockBand & Ensemble Auditions of 2020! It’s always FREE to audition! If you want to play in a band this fall please come out and join us. All instruments (Vocals, Piano/Keys, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Ukulele, Woodwind and Brass Instruments etc) are welcome! We have bands for every level and age from teens to adults. We will be aiming to start up new additional bands (Rock, Metal, Pop, Indie Rock, R&B/Funk, Jazz, Indian Fusion, Folk & Country) that rehearse during the week & weekend and fill a few spots in 6 of our Rock Bands, Teen Band, Jazz Band and Funk Band that rehearse weekly. Here's a video link to our Funk Band's recent rehearsal: https://youtu.be/KFJbTv0dnpU WHAT TO EXPECT During your audition, a Toronto Guitar School instructor will interview you about your past experience, playing ability, musical interests and hear you play. After the audition session, each member will be put into groups to get ready for band rehearsals! HOW IT WORKS Bring your instrument to the audition so you can meet and jam with others. We will provide all the necessary amps and sound equipment you will need for the audition. A drum set, piano and/or keyboard, guitar amps and a PA will be available for those that need it. You’ll also get a chance to tour our studios and have all your questions answered. Each group will be supervised by a Toronto Guitar School instructor who will assist with the running or organization of the rehearsals. Members get to select the pieces they want to learn and determine the stylistic and artistic direction of the group. Members that come to the Rock Band auditions will have the opportunity to attend weekly rehearsals at a mutually convenient time. Every effort is made to put everyone in a band following the audition. Weekly rehearsals are 1 hour in length and range in cost from $20 - $30 per session depending on the size of the group and the number of instructors involved. Mint Music and The Toronto Guitar School organize free school concerts 3 times a year open to the public which your group is encouraged to perform at. Other performance opportunities, professional recording, and video services also exist for those that are interested. OUR BAND INSTRUCTORS KC Roberts - Guitar Teacher Funk Band and Rock Band Instructor http://www.torontoguitarschool.com/team/kc-roberts/ Andre Valerio - Guitar, Mandolin, and Piano Teacher RockBand, Jazz Band Instructor http://www.torontoguitarschool.com/team/andre-valerio/ Glen Alan - Voice, Piano, Guitar, and Ukulele Teacher Rock Band and Ukulele Ensemble Instructor http://www.torontoguitarschool.com/team/glen-alan/ George Chenery - Bass and Guitar Teacher RockBand and Jazz Band Instructor http://www.torontoguitarschool.com/team/george-chenery/ Anoop Isac and Jinu Isac - Guitar/Bass, Piano/Drums Teachers Funk Band and RnB Band Instructors. https://youtu.be/KFJbTv0dnpU https://www.torontoguitarschool.com/team/anoopisac/ James Sawyer - Guitar and Bass Teacher Metal Band Instructor http://www.torontoguitarschool.com/team/james-sawyer-guitar-bass-drums-rock-metal-band-instructor/ For our complete roster of teachers click on the link below http://www.torontoguitarschool.com/faculty/ SPECIAL OFFER: As a special thank you for those that join our Rock Band program, you will get: A GIFT CERTIFICATE for 50% OFF a 1 HOUR PRIVATE MUSIC LESSON at the Toronto Guitar School or Mint Music - a savings of $37.50!* * This offer only applies to new students to the Toronto Guitar School or Mint Music. Offer expires on the last class of your RockBand session. Subject to teacher availability. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. We look forward to meeting everyone and welcoming you into our musical community!

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Online event

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