Guitar Classes

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.

Beginning Guitar 1

Carlos Caicedo
Four Mondays, August 28, September 11, 18, 25 (skip Labor Day)
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $100

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.

Free Guitar Clinic: Tonewoods

Frank Spencer
Saturday, September 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free!

What makes one guitar sound different from another? There are many variables, but of all of them, the woods that are selected when building the guitar are what make each guitar unique. Learn about the differences between rosewood, mahogany, different types of spruce, and other less common tonewoods. Our staff walks you through these differences and more, plus answers all types of questions about acoustic guitars, from bracing to setup.

Roots & Blues: Fingerstyle Guitar Basics

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

For intermediate guitar players. Add classic song arrangements to your repertoire while improving your fingerpicking technique and increasing your knowledge of chords. 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.

Group Guitar

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10
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.

Intermediate Guitar

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
5 weeks, $125

If you’ve taken Beginning Guitar 2, or are comfortable with the chords E, A, D, G, and C, then you’re ready for this class. Start playing barre chords and learning more riffs, licks, and tricks. Broaden your repertoire with cuts from early American roots music to contemporary roots rock. Learn how chords are built, how to improvise “in the box,” and how to play any chord on the guitar. Please bring your guitar, tuner, music stand, and recording device.

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.

Guitar Master Class: Chords

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

For intermediate guitarists. Learn everything you need to know to create and find chords of all types in every position of the guitar neck. Explore several approaches that will give you the tools and projects for developing a useful chord vocabulary for any style of playing.

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.