Guitar Classes

Beginning Guitar 3

Papa Josh
Five Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

Propel yourself past the beginner stage and start enjoying new songs, riffs, and licks! Expand your skill set as you become more comfortable with your guitar and learn to an array of musical selections, focusing on familiar chord- and strumming-based songs. Walk away with more approaches to blues riffs, improvising, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Start playing fingerstyle arrangements and reading more on the musical staff. For advanced beginners. Please bring your guitar, tuner, music stand, and recording device. Both acoustic and electric guitars are welcome.

Blues Guitar 1

Papa Josh
Five Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
5 weeks, $125

For advanced beginners. Get into the groove with quintessential riffs, scales, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Learn about blues structures and the names that made them famous. Add to your guitar toolkit and start creating memorable blues guitar solos. Please bring your guitar, tuner, music stand, and recording device. Both acoustic and electric guitars are welcome.

Beginning Guitar 1

Tai Shan
Five Thursdays, January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

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.

Fingerstyle Guitar Master Class: Stevie Wonder

Barry Pollack
Date change: Now scheduled for Saturday, January 20
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$50

In addition to their beautiful melodies, “Isn't She Lovely” and “My Cherie Amour” by Stevie Wonder present interesting rhythmic devices and lush harmonies that may introduce you to new chords. Learn how to create your own fingerstyle arrangements of these songs in this master class for intermediate guitarists, or anyone who’s dabbled in fingerstyle and can play barre chords. Each student receives a binder of professionally designed and printed materials to keep and use for many months or years, as well as access to a library of mp3s. Please bring a music stand if you have one, and you’re welcome to record the class. For more about Barry’s monthly master classes, visit modernclassicsguitar.com.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Swing Jazz Improvisation I

Eric Madis
Saturday, January 20
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

Learn the basics of single-string improvisation in the swing style popularized by players from Eddie Lang to Charlie Christian. Develop an understanding of the song structure and harmony of an American Songbook tune (taught in the morning class), with emphasis on techniques for soloing, including scales, arpeggios, and classic “riffs” For intermediate and advanced guitarists. Eric Madis is a working musician and recording artist, and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Swing Jazz Rhythm Guitar I

Eric Madis
Saturday, January 20
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

Learn a jazz standard from the American Songbook while developing a refined and swinging accompaniment for voice or instrument. Create interesting and tasteful harmonic movement with techniques for chord voicings and efficient use of the picking hand. For intermediate and advanced guitarists with a knowledge of barre chords. Eric Madis is a working musician and recording artist, and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

Getting the Blues (Up the Neck)

Mary Flower
Sunday, February 4
12:15 PM - 2:15 PM
$40

Change the way you arrange, solo, and accompany yourself on guitar. Get out of first position, increase your improvising options, and improve your groove! Internationally recognized fingerstyle blues stylist and teacher Mary Flower discusses how to use simple moveable chord shapes to enhance your repertoire. Unravel the mystery of higher voicings so you can create melodies and fills, and learn how to make sense of the CAGED system. For advanced beginners and up. Ability to read TAB is useful. Please bring a recording device.

Roots & Blues: Texas Blues Guitar

Steve James
Sunday, February 4
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
$40

Learn as much about Lone Star music as you can in this crash course covering such greats as Mance Lipscomb, Lightnin' Hopkins, Little Hat Jones, Hop Wilson, and Frankie Lee Sims. Like all of Steve's classes, this class is hands-on with an emphasis on listening and playing first. TAB provided and recording devices encouraged. The Roots & Blues series with Steve James explores 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 advanced beginner to intermediate players.

Hot Jazz Guitar Basics

Greg Ruby
Sunday, February 11
12:15 PM - 2:15 PM
$40

The hot jazz guitar pioneered by Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France is fun and accessible. This hands-on class is intended for either a beginning guitar player or a player new to playing jazz, swing or Django style guitar. Using repertoire common to the genre, you will learn the basics of chord voicings, strumming styles, pick technique, and melody articulation. Plan to be jamming with the class.

Swing & Hot Jazz Rhythm Guitar

Greg Ruby
Sunday, February 11
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
$40

Expand your understanding of rhythm guitar by focusing on the essential elements that drive a “Hot Club” jazz ensemble. Using repertoire common to the genre, participants learn a pompe, four to the bar, samba, bossa, and swing waltz rhythms. Launch into chord inversions to expand your chordal vocabulary and develop your ability to play “up the neck.”

Acoustic Guitar Band

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

Play guitar with others in a friendly and supportive environment. Learn the melody, rhythm, and bass parts of songs from folk, rock, soul, jazz, Latin, and other genres. Arrangements include playable parts for every player. Play a part according to your skill level and interest. Apply, in a group setting, the skills that you’ve learned in other classes or on your own. You’ll be amazed when the group plays together and sounds like a complete band! For advanced beginners and stronger players who can play barre chords. Familiarity with TAB or musical notation helpful, but not required. Clearly printed handouts and mp3 tracks available to help you learn. Please bring a music stand and tuner if you have them. Drop-ins welcome. Visit modernclassicsguitar.com for more about this ongoing class.

Beginning Guitar 1

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
5 weeks, $125

For the total beginner. Start with the basics of how to hold and tune the guitar, then quickly progress to playing basic chords, strumming, and fingerpicking. Sing along as you play popular tunes and build a foundation for years of enjoyment on guitar. In addition to a guitar, please bring a tuner, music stand, and recording device.

Intermediate Guitar

Papa Josh
Five Wednesdays, February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

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. Note from teacher: for those who have taken Intermediate Guitar before, new material will be introduced.

Beginning Guitar 2

Tai Shan
Five Thursdays, February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

If you know a few chords but don't quite know what to do with them, this class is for you. Learn the basics of strumming and picking patterns, scales, and keys used by folk, rock, and pop musicians. Grow confident playing beyond-the-basics chords such as Em, Am, Dm, F, and B7, as well as singing and strumming, with songs like "If Not For You," "My Girl," and "Landslide" as your guide. A teacher at Dusty Strings for more than eight years, Tai makes it easy to learn with a fun, supportive attitude and relaxed classroom environment.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Ragtime Blues I

Eric Madis
Saturday, February 17
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

Learn to play the Southeastern (Piedmont) blues style popularized by Blind Boy Fuller, Reverend Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt, with its alternating bass, syncopated timing and chord-based melodies. Explore techniques using a classic tune as you develop a strong, consistent thumb accompaniment, as well as embellishment and improvisation skills. For intermediate and advanced guitarists. Eric Madis is a working musician, recording artist and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Southern Blues Bottleneck Slide I

Eric Madis
Saturday, February 17
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

“Bottleneck” refers to a slide worn on a single finger of one’s fretting hand, some of which were created from the neck of a glass bottle. Learn a classic blues tune in D (Vestapol) tuning, along with embellishment and improvisation techniques. For intermediate guitarists. Eric Madis is a working musician and recording artist, and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

Free Guitar Clinic: Electric Guitar Electronics

Jeff Nagel
Saturday, February 17
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free

Have you ever wondered what makes one electric guitar sound different than another? Jeff reveals the elements of an electric guitar’s signal path from the strum of the guitar to the speaker, and everything in between. He’ll answer your questions about what kind of guitar gear to look for to create your own style and sound. For electric guitar players who want to understand more about their instrument or acoustic guitar players who are curious, this clinic is a must!