Guitar Classes

Youth Guitar Jam

Papa Josh
Six Wednesdays, July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
6 weeks, $150

Young guitar players! Get together to learn new songs and riffs, play in a group, develop better improvisational skills and improve your sense of rhythm. Expert guitar instructor Papa Josh injects musical wisdom into a fun, jam oriented, drop-in friendly class for ages 18 and under.

Electric Guitar Electronics

Jeff Nagel
Saturday, July 22
1:30 PM - 2:30 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!

Beginning Guitar Collective

Papa Josh
Six Wednesdays, July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
6 weeks, $150

Experience the simple joy of playing fun, sing-a-long tunes with others. Gather new material for the beginning level player learning from chord charts, tablature, and recordings of familiar songs. Papa Josh creates a welcoming environment for all. A recording device, tuner, and capo are recommended. Drop-ins welcome!

Introduction to Blues Jamming

Papa Josh
Six Wednesdays, July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
6 weeks, $150

Get into the groove and express the blues with quintessential riffs, scale patterns, and ideas for creating memorable guitar solos. Examine popular blues licks to uncover the hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and bends that make them irresistible. Elevate your guitar skills and increase your musical awareness. For acoustic or electric guitars. A recording device and tuner are recommended. Drop-ins welcome!

The Blues Spectrum: Electric Blues Soloing II – T. Bone Walker

Eric Madis
Saturday, July 29
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
$40

Explore a variety of acoustic and electric blues in this ongoing series with Eric Madis for players from advanced beginner to advanced. Cover the guitar work of T. Bone Walker, arguably the most influential blues guitarist ever, in this class for intermediate guitar players. Begin with a classic T. Bone song, learning some of his sophisticated chording and accompaniment techniques, then learn twenty of his most enduring and influential solo licks, and the scales that form the foundation of these ideas.

World of Sound: An Introduction to Pedals

Frank Spencer
Saturday, July 29
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Free!

“How do I choose pedals for my pedal board?” “What do flange, chorus, and phaser mean?” “Why should I buy an overdrive pedal?” “How do pedals work exactly?” Frank walks you through the anatomy, purpose, and flavor of different electric guitar pedals. He’ll answer your questions and help you figure out how to achieve that special, sweet sound you’ve been looking for.

Beginning Guitar 1: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles

Barry Pollack
Four Saturdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
4 weeks, $100

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!

Acoustic Guitar Electronics

John Saba
Saturday, August 5
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Free!

What pickup should you choose for your acoustic guitar? Join our repair shop guru John Saba for an in-depth look at different acoustic guitar pickups, their electronics and installation, signal paths, and how to find the right one for your style and budget. He’ll answer questions such as whether to use a DI (direct input), how to take care of your pickup, and more!

Beginning Guitar 2

Carlos Andrés Caicedo
Four Mondays, August 7, 14, 21, 28
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $100

If you know a few chords but don't quite know what to do with them, this class will show you how. Learn the basics of strum and picking patterns; scales; and keys used by folk, rock, and pop musicians.

Group Guitar

Barry Pollack
Four Tuesdays, August 8, 15, 22, 29
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $100

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, August 8, 15, 22, 29
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $100

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.

Nylon String Guitars

Carlos Caicedo
Saturday, August 12
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Free!

Learn how to change nylon strings on a guitar, tricks for dealing with a slotted headstock, and the basic differences in size, shape, width, and characteristics of a nylon versus steal-stringed guitar. Carlos walks you through these basic differences, as well as care and maintenance, products specific to nylon stringed guitars such as pickups, types of strings and string gauges, and more. He’ll answer your questions and help you find the right guitar for you!

Hot Jazz Guitar Basics

Greg Ruby
Sunday, August 20
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, August 20
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
$40

This class will 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.”

The Blues Spectrum: Delta Blues Bottleneck Slide II

Eric Madis
Saturday, August 26
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

Explore a variety of acoustic and electric blues in this ongoing series with Eric Madis for players from advanced beginner to advanced. Open G tuning (or tuned up to open A) is commonly used in Mississippi Delta blues slide playing. This class covers a Delta style blues tune by Muddy Waters, as well as slide improvisation techniques. This is a perfect supplement to Bottleneck Slide I and is designed for intermediate guitarists. Eric is a working musician, recording artist and has taught guitar since 1976 throughout the US and Canada.

The Blues Spectrum: Southern Blues Bottleneck Slide II

Eric Madis
Saturday, August 26
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

Explore a variety of acoustic and electric blues in this ongoing series with Eric Madis for players from advanced beginner to advanced. “Bottleneck” refers to a slide worn on a single finger of one’s fretting hand. These were originally created from the neck of a glass bottle. Open D tuning, also called “Vestapol” tuning, is commonly used for fingerpicking and blues slide guitar. This class emphasizes slide techniques for building improvised blues solos, and is open to intermediate or advanced guitarists. Eric is a working musician, recording artist and has taught guitar since 1976 throughout the US and Canada.