Guitar Classes

Acoustic Guitar Band

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7
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 Guitar 1

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

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 explains the basic concepts of music and how they work on the guitar. You'll build the foundation for solid guitar skills and best practices; 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; and gain insights into how to listen, learn, and practice so you can continue to enjoy playing for years to come. Plus, you can begin to play lead or solo guitar! Handouts and mp3 practice tracks provided. For more information, visit modernclassicsguitar.com.

Beginning Guitar 1

Tai Shan
Five Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9
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.

Beginning Guitar 3

Barry Pollack
Five Wednesdays, July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
5 weeks, $125

Learn the styles and techniques of past masters of guitar (The Carter Family, Mississippi John Hurt, and Elizabeth Cotton), the icons of acoustic and electric guitar (The Beatles, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, and others), as well as contemporary players. Develop more tricks for jamming and playing solo. Learn the system and technique of barre chords. Barre chords allow you to play chords any place on the guitar. Begin to understand the principles of chord construction. These ideas will allow you to expand your chord vocabulary without needing a chord dictionary or app. Your library of authentic licks and riffs, strumming and picking patterns, will continue to grow. The pre-requisites for this class are the facility to change between chords, and the ability to play an F chord. Barry is open to students’ requests to learn specific songs and styles. Clearly printed handouts and mp3 tracks will be available to help you learn. Please bring a music stand and tuner if you have them. Visit modernclassicsguitar.com for more about this ongoing class.

Intermediate Guitar

Barry Pollack
Five Wednesdays, July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

Learn the styles and techniques of past masters of guitar (The Carter Family, Mississippi John Hurt, and Elizabeth Cotton), the icons of acoustic and electric guitar (The Beatles, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, and others), as well as contemporary players. Develop more tricks for jamming and playing solo. Learn the system and technique of barre chords. Barre chords allow you to play chords any place on the guitar. Begin to understand the principles of chord construction. These ideas will allow you to expand your chord vocabulary without needing a chord dictionary or app. Your library of authentic licks and riffs, strumming and picking patterns, will continue to grow. The pre-requisites for this class are the facility to change between chords, and the ability to play an F chord. Barry is open to students’ requests to learn specific songs and styles. Clearly printed handouts and mp3 tracks will be available to help you learn. Please bring a music stand and tuner if you have them. Visit modernclassicsguitar.com for more about this ongoing class.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Delta Blues Bottleneck Slide II

Eric Madis
Saturday, July 28
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 tune in G tuning from the Delta blues tradition of Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, and Fred McDowell, as well as slide improvisation techniques. For intermediate guitarists. Instructor is a working musician, recording artist and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Robert Johnson Fingerstyle Guitar II

Eric Madis
Saturday, July 28
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

Learn a classic tune by enduring blues hero Robert Johnson in his traditional “western” blues style characterized by a monotonic bass line and linear chord and lick movement. 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.

Understanding Chord Progressions

Fred Sokolow
Sunday, August 5
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
$40

Want to know the secret to learning almost any popular song? It's in the chord progression! Discover the tools to make sense of it all; including chord movement, song structure, the circle of fifths, twelve-bar blues, scales, patterns, and more. Examine and play a handful of songs, including ones you bring, to see how the progressions work in each of them. For advanced beginner to intermediate guitar and/or ukulele players. Recording devices recommended.

Guitar Mini-Camp: All Topics

Barry Pollack
Tuesday, August 14
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
$40

For advanced beginners to intermediate level players. Improvisation. Classic rock solos. Chord vocabulary. Open tunings. Arranging pop tunes. You pick the topics to cover in this one-night, open forum style class! Register in advance to contact Barry and voice your preferences. Clearly printed handouts and mp3 tracks available to help you learn. Please bring a music stand and tuner if you have them. Recording devices encouraged.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Flatpicking the Blues II

Eric Madis
Saturday, August 18
1:30 PM - 3:30 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. 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: Ragtime Blues III

Eric Madis
Saturday, August 18
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

Explore 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. Learn a classic tune along with techniques to develop strong and consistent thumb accompaniment, embellishments, and improvisation. 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.

Guitar Mini-Camp for the Absolute Beginner

Barry Pollack
Tuesday, August 21
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
$40

Designed especially for anyone who has never played guitar! Learn the best practices and most important skills for a solid foundation as you continue to learn how to play guitar. Absolutely no experience is required! Clearly printed handouts and mp3 tracks available to help you learn. Please bring a music stand and tuner if you have them. Recording devices encouraged.

Guitar Mini-Camp: Fingerstyle

Barry Pollack
Tuesday, August 28
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
$40

Learn how to accompany your (or anyone's) singing with fingerpicking patterns. Create complete fingerstyle solos that include melody, chords and bass lines. Discover the basic principles of fingerstyle guitar and how to adapt them to any song through examples of famous guitar fingerpicking. You'll want to be comfortable with basic guitar chords. Clearly printed handouts and mp3 tracks available to help you learn. Please bring a music stand and tuner if you have them. Recording devices encouraged.