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.

Getting the Blues (Up the Neck)

Mary Flower
Saturday, May 27
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
$40

Change the way you arrange, solo, and accompany yourself on guitar. Get out of first position, increase your improvising options, and improve your groove! Internationally recognized fingerstyle blues stylist and teacher Mary Flower discusses how to use simple moveable chord shapes to enhance your repertoire. Unravel the mystery of higher voicings so you can create melodies and fills, and learn how to make sense of the CAGED system. For advanced beginners and up. Ability to read TAB is useful. Please bring a recording device.

Beginning Guitar 2: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles

Barry Pollack
Four Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

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!

Group Guitar

Barry Pollack
Four Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $80

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.

Beginning Guitar 1: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles

Barry Pollack
Four Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, 29
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $80

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!

Beginning Guitar 2: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles (Noon)

Barry Pollack
Four Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, 29
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
4 weeks, $80

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!

Intermediate Guitar 2: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles

Barry Pollack
Four Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, 29
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
4 weeks, $80

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.

Master Class with Doug MacLeod

Doug MacLeod
Thursday, June 15
6:45 PM - 8:45 PM
$50

Prolific songwriter and masterful guitarist Doug MacLeod is one of the last true bluesmen to have learned from the old masters. His songs have been recorded by Albert Collins and Albert King, and he’s been heralded by Delta blues legend David Honeyboy Edwards as “a man who can really play the blues.” In this special master class, students will have the opportunity to work closely with Doug focusing on slide technique in open D tuning, how to build a solo, and Doug’s unique way of simplifying the guitar’s fretboard. Students will walk away with a batch of new tools for finding their own musical voice and the feeling that lives behind the notes. Students find Doug to be as engaging a teacher as he is a performer, with stories learned only by a man who had been there. For intermediate players; however, all levels are welcome to come observe and listen.

The Blues Spectrum: Southern Blues Bottleneck Slide

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

Explore a variety of acoustic and electric blues in this ongoing series with Eric Madis. Originally created from the neck of a glass bottle, "bottleneck" refers to a slide worn on a single finger of the player's fretting hand. In this class, you'll cover a classic blues song in open D or "Vestapol" tuning (a commonly used tuning for fingerpicking and blues slide guitar) while applying slide improvisation techniques. For intermediate to advanced guitarists. Eric is a working musician, recording artist and has taught guitar since 1976 throughout the US and Canada.

The Blues Spectrum: Swinging the Blues Part 1

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

Explore a variety of acoustic and electric blues in this ongoing series with Eric Madis. This class offers a swinging, jump blues tune as you learn jazz chords and licks based on 5 and 10 note blues scales. Get "mileage" from licks by modifying them to fit the chord changes of the song. For intermediate players. Eric is a working musician, composer and recording artist, and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

Beginning Guitar 1: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles

Barry Pollack
Four Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27
12:00 PM - 1:00 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!

Beginning Guitar 2: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles

Barry Pollack
Four Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27
6:30 PM - 7:30 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!

Group Guitar

Barry Pollack
Four Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25, August 1
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 1: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles

Barry Pollack
Four Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25, August 1
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

Intermediate Guitar 1: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles

Barry Pollack
Four Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25, August 1
1:00 PM - 2:00 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

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.

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!

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.

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 ‘la 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. “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.

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. 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.