Guitar Classes

Roots & Blues: Slide Guitar, the Voice of the Blues

Steve James
Sunday, February 26
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
$35

Get a hand on one of the unique sounds in blues music. Learn how to use the bottleneck slide along with basic song arrangements in open D (Vastopol) and open G (Spanish) tuning. Handouts provided. The Roots & Blues series with Steve James explores hands-on a special topic in American roots music each month. Multi-instrumentalist Steve James has developed an international reputation as a teacher of American roots and blues musical styles. He's a regular contributor to Acoustic Guitar Magazine, has written method books for Hal Leonard Publishing, and released instructional DVDs. Handouts provided. For intermediate players.

Beginning Guitar 1: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles (Noon)

Barry Pollack
Four Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
4 weeks, $80

If you've never played guitar before, already know a few chords, or used to play years ago and want to get started again, this class is for you! Barry helps you build the foundation for solid guitar skills and best practices. You'll learn the basics of strumming and picking patterns used by folk, pop, rock, blues and bluegrass guitarists and a collection of riffs, licks, and tricks to spice up your playing. This class will give you insights on how to listen, learn, and practice so you can continue to enjoy playing for years to come. You'll even begin to play lead or solo guitar! Barry explains the basic concepts of music and how they work on the guitar. With handouts and mp3 practice tracks provided, you'll quickly become both musically literate and a skilled guitar player. Head over to Barry's website, modernclassicsguitar.com, for more about this ongoing class!

Blues Moves: Styles of the Blues Guitar Greats

Pat Donohue
Saturday, March 4
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

Work side-by-side with Grammy winning fingerpicker Pat Donohue as he guides you through chord sequences and common progressions used in blues compositions. Pat explains the styles and techniques of great blues artists such as Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy, and Robert Johnson, and adds his own take on making a traditional or new blues song ring with the feel and style of these great artists. For intermediate guitar players. Please bring a recording device. For more about Pat, visit patdonohue.com.

Introduction to Flamenco Guitar Part 2

Marcos Carmona
Sunday, March 5
12:15 PM - 2:15 PM
$35

Review and continue learning the basic Tango. Practice chord cycles and add simple melodies on top of chords. Discover productive ways to practice. Flamenco can be played on any style of guitar and even songwriters will walk away with new chords and strumming patterns. To get the most out of this class, you'll want to know open position chords.

Beginning Guitar 1

Tai Shan
Four Mondays, March 6, 13, 20, 27
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

Start with the basics of how to hold, tune, and care for your guitar in this four-week introduction. Develop good practice habits, learn a series of songs including riffs such as "Smoke on the Water," and songs such as “Ain't No Sunshine.” You'll be surprised at how fun it will be! Handouts and practice tracks for each song provided. As a teacher for the last eight years at Dusty Strings, Tai provides a fun, relaxed classroom with a supportive attitude.

Group Guitar

Barry Pollack
Four Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $80

Play guitar with others in a friendly and supportive environment. For advanced beginner to intermediate players with at least six months to a year under their fingers, this is a great opportunity to apply the skills you've learned in other guitar classes or on your own. Each player will have their own part, and everyone will have the opportunity to play rhythm, melody, bass lines, or riffs. You'll play arrangements of folk, pop, rock, rhythm and blues, and even a little jazz and classical. You'll want to be comfortable with basic chords like E, A, D, G, and C (and all the better if you can read music, TAB, or play the F chord!). Together you'll sound like part of a complete band! For more about Barry's classes, visit modernclassicsguitar.com.

Intermediate Guitar 1: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles

Barry Pollack
Four Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

If you're comfortable with basic chords like E, A, D, G, and C, then you're ready to start playing barre chords and more riffs, licks, and tricks. Explore the music of past masters such as the Carter Family and Mississippi John Hurt, as well as contemporary pioneers like Neil Young and Led Zeppelin. Discover how chords are built, the barre chord system, how to improvise and how to play any chord on the guitar. Expand your library of strumming and picking patterns, riffs and tricks to include artists like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Lynrd Skynrd. Barry is open to student requests to learn specific songs and styles and provides handouts and mp3 practice tracks. For more about Barry's classes, head over to modernclassicsguitar.com

The Blues Spectrum: Blues Rhythm Guitar I

Eric Madis
Saturday, March 11
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$35

Explore a variety of acoustic and electric blues in this ongoing series with Eric Madis for players from advanced beginner to advanced. This class will teach rhythm guitar for a variety of urban blues standard songs, including shuffles, swing, slow Texas, bump shuffle and gospel ballads. Techniques include chords, common bass melodies, chord alternatives, strumming, muting and picking hand position for efficient playing. Eric is a working musician and recording artist, and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

The Blues Spectrum: Introduction to Electric Blues Soloing

Eric Madis
Saturday, March 11
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$35

Explore a variety of acoustic and electric blues in this ongoing series with Eric Madis for players from advanced beginner to advanced. This class will cover soloing (improvisation) in blues tonalities. It will begin with five positions of the simple minor pentatonic scale, explain the limitations of this approach and then show how to move beyond this basic approach into 6, 7, 8 and 10-note blues scales. This class will be offered later at a higher level for those looking for more advanced techniques. Eric is a working musician and recording artist, and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

Roots & Blues: Playing Blues Guitar in Duets and Ensembles

Steve James
Sunday, March 26
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
$35

Turn basic song arrangements into vehicles for group playing using chord inversions, turnarounds, and fills in combination with blues solo ideas. Build on Steve's previous Roots & Blues classes or join for the very first time. The Roots & Blues series with Steve James explores hands-on a special topic in American roots music each month. Multi-instrumentalist Steve James has developed an international reputation as a teacher of American roots and blues musical styles. He's a regular contributor to Acoustic Guitar Magazine, has written method books for Hal Leonard Publishing, and released instructional DVDs. TAB and chord diagrams provided. For intermediate players.

Beginning Guitar 2: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles (Noon)

Barry Pollack
Four Thursdays, March 30, April 6, 13, 20
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
4 weeks, $80

If you've never played guitar before, already know a few chords, or used to play years ago, and want to get started again, this class is for you! Barry helps you build the foundation for solid guitar skills and best practices. You'll learn the basics of strumming and picking patterns used by folk, pop, rock, blues and bluegrass guitarists and a collection of riffs, licks, and tricks to spice up your playing. This class will give you insights on how to listen, learn, and practice so you can continue to enjoy playing for years to come. You'll even begin to play lead or solo guitar! Barry explains the basic concepts of music and how they work on the guitar. With handouts and mp3 practice tracks provided, you'll quickly become both musically literate and a skilled guitar player. Head over to Barry's website, modernclassicsguitar.com, for more about this ongoing class!

Introduction to Dobro Part 1

Orville Johnson
Saturday, April 1
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

Dive into dobro with Orville Johnson, the most sought-after dobro player in Seattle. Learn how to combine right-hand technique with left-hand slide bar movement, basic roll patterns and damping, and apply these techniques to a song. Get practical exercises working side-by-side with Orville. Please bring your dobro tuned GBDGBD. For advanced beginners and intermediate players.

Introduction to Dobro Part 2

Orville Johnson
Saturday, April 1
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

Get in on the secrets of dobro masters like Josh Graves, Mike Auldridge, and Jerry Douglas. Learn more about chord shapes, scale patterns, playing rhythm, as well as tips on accompanying and soloing. Please bring your dobro tuned GBDGBD. For intermediate and beyond or those who have taken Introduction to Dobro Part 1.

Group Guitar

Barry Pollack
Four Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $80

Play guitar with others in a friendly and supportive environment. For advanced beginner to intermediate players with at least six months to a year under their fingers, this is a great opportunity to apply the skills you've learned in other guitar classes or on your own. Each player will have their own part, and everyone will have the opportunity to play rhythm, melody, bass lines, or riffs. You'll play arrangements of folk, pop, rock, rhythm and blues, and even a little jazz and classical. You'll want to be comfortable with basic chords like E, A, D, G, and C (and all the better if you can read music, TAB, or play the F chord!). Together you'll sound like part of a complete band! For more about Barry's classes, visit modernclassicsguitar.com.

Intermediate Guitar 2: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles

Barry Pollack
Four Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

If you're comfortable with basic chords like E, A, D, G, and C, then you're ready to start playing barre chords and more riffs, licks, and tricks. Explore the music of past masters such as the Carter Family and Mississippi John Hurt, as well as contemporary pioneers like Neil Young and Led Zeppelin. Discover how chords are built, the barre chord system, how to improvise and how to play any chord on the guitar. Expand your library of strumming and picking patterns, riffs and tricks to include artists like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Lynrd Skynrd. Barry is open to student requests to learn specific songs and styles and provides handouts and mp3 practice tracks. For more about Barry's classes, head over to modernclassicsguitar.com.

Beginning Guitar 2

Papa Josh
Four Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $80

Experience greater awareness, comfort, and confidence as you take the next step in your guitar playing! Designed for the beginner with just enough experience chording, strumming, and riffing, you'll explore the fretboard, barre chords, and pentatonic scales. Familiar songs, easy blues, and rock tunes will be your guide as you ease into improvisation and continue to practice good habits. Join other beginners and seasoned professional Papa Josh in this encouraging weekly class designed to accelerate your progress!

Intermediate Guitar 2

Papa Josh
Four Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

Learn new chords, strum patterns, and riffs and apply them to familiar rock, blues and contemporary tunes. Advance your ability to improvise using new scales and musical examples you can handle. Propel yourself to the next level of guitar playing with other intermediate players and seasoned professional Papa Josh. This course is designed with new material for students who have taken Intermediate Guitar 1. However, it's easily accessible to all intermediate and advanced beginner guitarists.

Play Lead Guitar Part 1

Orville Johnson
Saturday, April 8
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

Wondering what to do when the singer looks at you and says “take it?" She means take this class. Start with key techniques such as string bending, slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs, and sweep picking. Learn licks and exercises to start building your own solos. Bring your acoustic guitar tuned in standard tuning. For advanced beginner to intermediate flatpickers and fingerpickers.

Play Lead Guitar Part 2

Orville Johnson
Saturday, April 8
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

Take your technique and turn it into music. Continue where Play Lead Guitar Part 1 left off with more tips on how to construct a solo, how to play melodies more beautifully, and how to listen constructively to make your part enrich the sound of your ensemble. Bring your acoustic guitar tuned in standard tuning. For intermediate flatpickers and fingerpickers.

A New Approach to Travis Picking

Mark Hanson
Saturday, April 29
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

Join Grammy-award winner Mark Hanson as he shares his approach to Travis Picking. Named for Merle Travis, this fingerpicking style incorporates playing a steady bass rhythm with the thumb along with syncopated rhythms with the fingers. Mark has authored numerous books on fingerpicking, including The Art of Contemporary Travis Picking and The Art of Solo Fingerpicking. Learn hands-on Mark's "New Approach to Travis Picking," which introduces a variety of patterns and lays the groundwork for years of enjoyable playing in this style. For advanced beginner to intermediate players.

Improve Your Fingerpicking

Mark Hanson
Saturday, April 29
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

Join Grammy-award winner Mark Hanson in this one-time class and learn techniques to improve your fingerpicking playing and interpretation. Mark will share his stunning versions of "Don't Know Why" off his Love Songs CD, and "You Don't Know Me" off his Author's Notes CD. Mark has authored numerous books on fingerpicking, including The Art of Contemporary Travis Picking and The Art of Solo Fingerpicking. For intermediate to advanced players.

The Blues Spectrum: Flatpicking the Blues

Eric Madis
Saturday, May 13
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

Learn a classic blues tune and how to improvise and accompany along with it. Popularized by Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lonnie Johnson, this style of blues playing paved the way for modern blues and can be played in bands or solo. About the Blues Spectrum class series: Explore a variety of acoustic and electric blues in this ongoing series with Eric Madis for players from advanced beginner to advanced. Build a repertoire of songs and techniques in each session covering new topics, including bottleneck, fingerpicking ragtime and delta blues, flatpicking urban, jump and jazz blues, music theory, chord vocabulary and improvisation. Visit ericmadis.com to find out the next session’s topic, and dive in to this uniquely American musical genre! Eric is a working musician, composer and recording artist, and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

The Blues Spectrum: Ragtime Blues Fingerpicking

Eric Madis
Saturday, May 13
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

Ragtime, or Piedmont, blues is a uniquely American guitar style from the Southeastern US, characterized by an alternating bass and chord-based melodies which was pioneered by such players as Blind Blake and Mississippi John Hurt. About the Blues Spectrum class series: Explore a variety of acoustic and electric blues in this ongoing series with Eric Madis for players from advanced beginner to advanced. Build a repertoire of songs and techniques in each session covering new topics, including bottleneck slide; fingerpicking ragtime; delta blues; flatpicking urban, jump, and jazz blues; music theory; chord vocabulary; and improvisation. Ask a staff member or contact Eric at ericmadis.com to find out the next session's topic, and dive in to this uniquely American musical genre! Eric is a working musician, composer and recording artist, and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.