Guitar Classes

Learn to Play Slack Key Guitar

George Kuo and Kamuela Kimokeo
Saturday, November 10
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

"Nana ka maka; ho'olohe ka pepeiao. (Watch with the eyes, and listen with the ears. Thus, one learns)." Hawaiian slack key masters George Kuo and Kamuela Kimokeo teach the kanikapila style of guitar. Designed to build on individual skills, this class engages each student at their own level and speed. "We teach the way we were taught. It is an excellent way to understand the deeper levels of kiho’alu and Hawaiian music, so your music will come from the heart." For intermediate to advanced players. All students are required to bring their own instrument. Chord charts and song sheets provided.

Beginning Guitar 2

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

Experience greater awareness, comfort, and confidence as you take the next step in your guitar playing! Explore the fretboard, barre chords, and pentatonic skills in this class designed to accelerate your progress. Ease into improvisation with familiar songs, easy blues, and rock tunes as your guide as you continue to develop good practice habits.

Blues Guitar 1

Papa Josh
Five Wednesdays, October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 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.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Flatpicking the Blues III

Eric Madis
Saturday, September 15
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

Explore the Southwestern chordal and improvisational style of blues popularized by Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lonnie Johnson that paved the way for modern urban blues, jazz, and rock guitar. Learn a classic Texas blues tune in A and pick up new chords and improvisation techniques based on five, six, and ten-note blues scales. For intermediate to advanced guitarists. This monthly series of classes for intermediate guitar players explores a variety of acoustic and electric blues. Eric Madis is a working musician, recording artist and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Swinging the Blues II

Eric Madis
Saturday, September 15
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

Explore the swing “jump” blues style of Louis Jordan and Count Basie with its jazzy chord voicings and improvisation. Learn more jazz and blues chords as well as dominant and diminished arpeggios for improvisation. For intermediate and advanced guitarists. Instructor is a working musician, recording artist and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Swing Jazz Rhythm Guitar III

Eric Madis
Saturday, October 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. Techniques include various chord voicings to create interesting and tasteful harmonic movement and efficient use of the picking hand. For intermediate and advanced guitarists with a knowledge of barre chords. Eric Madis is a working musician, recording artist and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Swing Jazz Improvisation III

Eric Madis
Saturday, October 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, with emphasis on song structure and harmony using an American Songbook tune (taught in the morning class). Develop techniques for soloing, including scales, arpeggios, and classic riffs. 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: Ragtime Guitar

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

Learn a guitar arrangement of Scott Joplin's ragtime piano classic, "Maple Leaf Rag." Experience playing independent, alternating bass lines is helpful in this class for intermediate to advanced guitarists. This Blues & Jazz Spectrum is a monthly series that explores a variety of acoustic and electric blues. Eric Madis is a working musician, recording artist and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Swinging the Blues III

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

Explore the swing “jump” blues style of Louis Jordan and Count Basie with its jazzy chord voicings and improvisation. Learn more jazz and blues chords, how to understand the relative major key of dominant chords, and how to use relative diatonic (seven-note) scales to use for improvisation. For intermediate to advanced guitarists. Eric Madis is a working musician, recording artist and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

Beyond Steel Strings: Acoustic Guitar Effects

Peppino D’Agostino
Saturday, October 27
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$50

Stretch your thinking and playing by going outside-the-box of traditional steel string acoustic guitar. Explore an array of musical styles, rhythms, and techniques for taking advantage of the instrument’s versatility, including string bending, percussive and slide techniques, complex open tunings, acoustic sound effects, bent harmonics, and more! Get hands-on instruction and original exercises from Peppino, was named Best Acoustic Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine. Fans of Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, and Sergio Assad should not miss this class! For advanced beginners to intermediate-level players. Recording device recommended.

Acoustic Guitar Band

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6
7:45 PM - 8:45 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 Fingerstyle Guitar

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

Fingerstyle, or fingerpicking, can be used to create interesting and melodic accompaniment and solo arrangements for guitar. In this class, you'll study the guitar playing of contemporary and traditional artists as you learn how to create and use fingerpicking patterns and the basics of arranging a song for solo fingerstyle guitar. For advanced beginner to intermediate guitar players comfortable with playing chords. Included is a bound copy of professionally engraved music in both staff and TAB notation, as well as access to mp3 examples of class materials. Please bring a music stand if you have one.

Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, November 13, 20, (skip 27), December 4, 11, 18
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

Learn more sophisticated fingerpicking patterns including bass runs, hammer-ons and pull-offs, as well as Latin rhythms. Further your arranging skills with more advanced melodies and chord progressions. For intermediate guitar players, or those who have taken Beginning Fingerstyle Guitar, who have some experience fingerpicking and can play barre chords. A bound copy of professionally engraved music in both staff and TAB notation is included with the class, as well as access to mp3 examples of class materials. Please bring a music stand if you have one.

Acoustic Guitar Band

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, November 13, 20, (skip 27), December 4, 11, 18
7:45 PM - 8:45 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.