Guitar Classes

Beginning Guitar 1

Papa Josh
Five Wednesdays, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18
6:30 PM - 7:30 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.

Blues Guitar 1

Papa Josh
Five Wednesdays, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18
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.

Free Guitar Clinic: Amplifiers

Jonathan Shue & Jeff Nagel
Saturday, October 7
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free!

How does an electric guitar amplifier work? What is gain? Tremolo? Jeff reveals the inner workings of electric guitar amplifiers and answers your questions about how to get the sound you're looking for. For anyone who wants to know more about amps, how to use them, and what to look for when shopping for one!

Roots & Blues: Your Guitar Toolbox

Steve James
Sunday, October 8
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
$40

For intermediate guitar players. Pick up essential chord shapes, phrases, and turnarounds for soloing and accompanying. Use chord inversions and phrases incorporating "blue" harmony. Learn where and when to use them. TAB provided. Each month, Steve James' Roots & Blues series explores a special topic in American roots music. A regular contributor to Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Steve has developed an international reputation as a teacher of American roots and blues musical styles.

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar

Mark Hanson
Saturday, October 14
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

For intermediate players. Explore several of the tunings at the heart of Hawaiian slack key guitar with GRAMMY® award-winner Mark Hanson, including open-G "Taro Patch" tuning and two C tunings, "Wahine" and "Mauna Loa." Learn to play “E Ku’u Morning Dew” by Keola Beamer and Mark's own tune, "Spouting Horn." Please bring your guitar in open-G tuning (DGDGBD).

Beginning Guitar 1

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14
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.

Group Guitar

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

In this ensemble class, players alternate the rhythm, lead, bass, and melody lines of folk, pop, rock, R&B, jazz, and classical tunes. Develop your ear for melody and rhythm, accompany or solo with confidence, and learn how to play almost any song. For this class, you should be able to play the chords E, A, D, G, and C. Please bring your guitar, tuner, music stand, and recording device. Drop-ins welcome.

The Blues Spectrum: Flatpicking the Blues – Texas Style

Eric Madis
Saturday, October 21
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. This chordal and improvisational style was popularized by Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lonnie Johnson and others, and paved the way for modern urban blues, jazz, country and rock guitar. Applied properly, it can be used for both ensemble and solo work. Learn a classic blues tune along with chords and improvisation techniques. For intermediate guitarists. Eric Madis 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 in Dropped D Tuning

Eric Madis
Saturday, October 21
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. Learn the Southeastern blues style (Piedmont blues)popularized by artists like Blind Boy Fuller, Reverend Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt, which uses a rhythmic alternating bass, syncopated timing, and chord-based melodies. Play in Dropped D tuning using it as a vehicle to strengthen your thumb technique improvisation across the fretboard. Eric Madis is a working musician and recording artist, and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

Bluegrass Guitar Basics

Gary Davidson
Saturday, October 28
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

Have you ever seen a group of folks having a great time singing and picking bluegrass music and thought, “I’d love to be able to do that!”? This class is just what you need to start playing bluegrass rhythm guitar so you can join the fun. Learn essential right-hand picking and left-hand fingering techniques, the basic bass-strum rhythm style, some simple chord-connecting bass runs, and the famous Lester Flatt G-run to spice things up. All you need is to be able to play a few basic chords and to have your guitar tuned up and your flatpick and capo in hand. Gary has played and performed bluegrass, old-time country, and folk music for many years, performing around the Pacific Northwest with bands Fidelity Grange and Down the Road. You can find him most Sundays through Wednesdays at Dusty Strings, where he’s been a fixture since 1998.

Introduction to Carter Family-Style Guitar

Gary Davidson
Saturday, October 28
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

Modern bluegrass guitar is filled with lightning fast picking and hot licks. However, there’s nothing quite like actually playing the melody...and you can do it! Learn to use your flatpick to play in the stripped down, but full-sounding, bass-melody style created by Maybelle Carter nearly 100 years ago. Start with the well-known song, “You Are My Sunshine,” then explore classic Carter Family songs like “Wildwood Flower,” and “Keep on the Sunnyside.” You should be able to play basic chords and the basic bass-strum rhythm. Have your guitar tuned up and your flatpick and capo in hand. Gary has played and performed bluegrass, old-time country, and folk music for many years, performing around the Pacific Northwest with bands Fidelity Grange and Down the Road. You can find him most Sundays through Wednesdays at Dusty Strings, where he’s been a fixture since 1998.

Guitar Master Class for Intermediate Guitar Players: Chord Mastery

Barry Pollack
Saturday, October 28
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$50

Expand your knowledge of chords to open new doors for composing, arranging, and improvising. Gain mastery of the guitar fretboard by learning multiple systems of chord construction on the guitar. Learn several practical ways of building chords and improving dexterity so you can use what best fits your skill level and playing style. Explore new patterns and practice routines that are both easy to learn and useful for every style. Everyone will receive a binder of professionally designed and printed materials to keep and use for years to come, as well as access to a library of mp3 files to supplement the materials. This class is most useful to you if you already know how to play some barre chords. Please bring a tuner and music stand if you have them. You're welcome to record the class. Eletric guitars welcome; a few practice amps are available to use at low volume.

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

Steve James
Sunday, November 5
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
$40

For intermediate guitar players. Learn how to use the bottleneck slide along with basic song arrangements in open D (Vastopol) and open G (Spanish) tuning. Handouts provided. Each month, Steve James' Roots & Blues series explores a special topic in American roots music. A regular contributor to Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Steve has developed an international reputation as a teacher of American roots and blues musical styles.

Beginning Guitar 2

Papa Josh
Five Wednesdays, November 8, 15, (skip 11/22), 29, December 6, 13
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.

Intermediate Guitar

Papa Josh
Five Wednesdays, November 8, 15, (skip 11/22), 29, December 6, 13
7:45 PM - 8:45 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.

Care & Maintenance of Your Guitar

Dan Murdoch
Saturday, November 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
FREE!

Learn how to properly string your guitar, when to change the strings, and what to look for to make sure your instrument is in good shape. Dan answers your questions and shares industry tips such as how to keep your guitar’s humidity from getting too high or low (and why it’s important), traveling with your guitar, string gauges, and must-have gadgets every guitar player should own.

The Blues Spectrum: Flatpicking the Blues

Eric Madis
Saturday, November 18
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. This chordal and improvisational style was popularized by Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lonnie Johnson and others, and paved the way for modern urban blues, jazz, country and rock guitar. Applied properly, it can be used for both ensemble and solo work. Learn a classic tune along with chords and improvisation techniques. 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, November 18
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. Learn the Southeastern blues style (Piedmont blues), which uses a rhythmic alternating bass, syncopated timing and chord-based melodies. Popularized by artists like Blind Blake, Blind Willie McTell, Blind Boy Fuller, Reverend Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt, it has influenced the work of countless blues, country and folk guitarists. Learn a classic tune along with how to establish and maintain a strong alternating bass and some great, classic embellishment licks. Eric is a working musician and recording artist, and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

Beginning Guitar 2

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, November 21, 28, December 5, 12, 19
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
5 weeks, $125

If you've taken Beginning Guitar 1 or can play a few chords and strum, this class is for you. Learn how to play lead and solo guitar, make your chords sound more interesting by adding sixths, sevenths, and ninths, and continue adding to your growing repertoire with folk, pop, rock, classical, Latin, and bluegrass tunes. Please bring your guitar, tuner, music stand, and recording device.

Group Guitar

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, November 21, 28, December 5, 12, 19
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

In this ensemble class, players alternate the rhythm, lead, bass, and melody lines of folk, pop, rock, R&B, jazz, and classical tunes. Develop your ear for melody and rhythm, accompany or solo with confidence, and learn how to play almost any song. For this class, you should be able to play the chords E, A, D, G, and C. Please bring your guitar, tuner, music stand, and recording device. Drop-ins welcome.

Roots & Blues: Desert Island Arrangements for Guitar

Steve James
Sunday, December 10
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
$40

For intermediate guitar players. Use techniques and harmonies from previous classes as you break down favorites from the vast blues repertoire, from deep blues to snappy hokum. TAB handouts provided. Each month, Steve James' Roots & Blues series explores a special topic in American roots music. A regular contributor to Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Steve has developed an international reputation as a teacher of American roots and blues musical styles.