Guitar Classes

Beginning Guitar 1 (Noon)

Tai Shan
Four Mondays, January 9, 16, 23, 30
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
4 weeks, $80

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 and 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.

How to Use a Capo

Tai Shan
Saturday, January 21
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$35

This class is a must for every guitarist. Get answers to questions like, "What is a capo?," "When should I use one?," and "Where do I put one?" Learn how to figure out the key of the song you're playing, pick a good key to play in, and how to use a capo for jamming with multiple instruments. Leave with a better understanding of your guitar's fretboard and the location of every note on every string! For beginner to intermediate players comfortable with C, F, G, and Am chords.

Beginning Guitar 2

Tai Shan
Four Mondays, February 6, 13, 20, 27
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
4 weeks, $80

If you know a few chords but don't quite know what to do with them, this class will show you how. Learn the basics of strum and picking patterns; scales; and keys used by folk, rock, and pop musicians. Through songs like "If Not For You," "My Girl," and "Landslide," you'll become comfortable playing beyond-the-basics chords such as Em, Am, Dm, F, and B7, as well as singing and strumming with instructor Tai Shan. As a teacher for the last eight years at Dusty Strings, Tai provides a fun, relaxed classroom with a supportive attitude.

Beginning Guitar 1

Tai Shan
Four Mondays, March 6, 13, 20, 27
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

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.

Blues Moves: Styles of the Blues Guitar Greats

Pat Donohue
Saturday, March 4
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

Work side-by-side with Grammy winning fingerpicker Pat Donohue as he guides you through chord sequences and common progressions used in blues compositions. Pat explains the styles and techniques of great blues artists such as Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy, and Robert Johnson, and adds his own take on making a traditional or new blues song ring with the feel and style of these great artists. For intermediate guitar players. Please bring a recording device. For more about Pat, visit patdonohue.com.

Practice Tips for Flatpicking Guitar

Dan Crary
Saturday, January 28
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
$40

Speed up your mastery of the fretboard in this one-time class with Dan Crary, one of the founders of the flatpicking movement. Learn tips for getting the most out of your practice time and progressing more quickly. Incorporate improvisation and use your ear to find what you want to play. Learn more about Dan Crary here.

The Blues Spectrum: Ragtime Blues

Eric Madis
Saturday, January 14
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$35

Explore a variety of acoustic and electric blues in this ongoing series with Eric Madis for players from advanced beginner to advanced. This class will cover the Piedmont (ragtime) blues classic “Police Dog Blues” by the guitar genius Blind Blake in open D. It is a perfect supplement to the morning bottleneck slide class in open D. Emphasis will be placed on the alternating bass, finger-thumb independence and melody development. Eric is a working musician, recording artist and has taught guitar since 1976 throughout the US and Canada.

The Blues Spectrum: Bottleneck Slide

Eric Madis
Saturday, January 14
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$35

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 will cover a classic blues song and slide improvisation techniques, 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: Introduction to Electric Blues Soloing

Eric Madis
Saturday, March 11
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$35

Explore a variety of acoustic and electric blues in this ongoing series with Eric Madis for players from advanced beginner to advanced. This class will cover soloing (improvisation) in blues tonalities. It will begin with five positions of the simple minor pentatonic scale, explain the limitations of this approach and then show how to move beyond this basic approach into 6, 7, 8 and 10-note blues scales. This class will be offered later at a higher level for those looking for more advanced techniques. Eric is a working musician and recording artist, and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

The Blues Spectrum: Blues Rhythm Guitar I

Eric Madis
Saturday, March 11
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$35

Explore a variety of acoustic and electric blues in this ongoing series with Eric Madis for players from advanced beginner to advanced. This class will teach rhythm guitar for a variety of urban blues standard songs, including shuffles, swing, slow Texas, bump shuffle and gospel ballads. Techniques include chords, common bass melodies, chord alternatives, strumming, muting and picking hand position for efficient playing. Eric is a working musician and recording artist, and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

Intermediate Guitar 2: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles

Barry Pollack
Four Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25
7:45 PM - 8:45 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.

Group Guitar

Barry Pollack
Four Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25
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 2: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles (Noon)

Barry Pollack
Four Thursdays, March 30, April 6, 13, 20
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!

Group Guitar

Barry Pollack
Four Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
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.

Intermediate Guitar 1: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles

Barry Pollack
Four Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
7:45 PM - 8:45 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

Beginning Guitar 1: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles (Noon)

Barry Pollack
Four Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23
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!

Group Guitar

Barry Pollack
Four Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28
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 2: Contemporary and Traditional Guitar Styles

Barry Pollack
Four Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28
7:45 PM - 8:45 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.

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

Barry Pollack
Four Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23
12:00 PM - 1:00 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.

Beginning Guitar 3

Papa Josh
Six Wednesdays, January 18, 25, February 1, 15, 22, March 1 (skip February 8)
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
6 weeks, $120

Grow more comfortable with your guitar and expand your skill set in the last class of Papa Josh’s beginning guitar series. You’ll learn to play a diverse array of musical selections, focusing on familiar chord- and strumming-based songs. More approaches to blues riffs, improvising, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides are also covered, as well as learning to play fingerstyle arrangements and reading more on the musical staff. Propel yourself past the beginner stage and prepare to spend your summer enjoying new songs, riffs and licks!

Beginning Guitar 1

Papa Josh
Six Wednesdays, January 18, 25, February 1, 15, 22, March 1 (skip February 8)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
6 weeks, $120

This six-week introduction to guitar covers common chord shapes and strumming rhythms, beginner friendly riffs, scales for jamming, and an informative tour of the fretboard. Each student will receive a course packet to help with practice sessions as well as recordings of important class material. The relaxed, no pressure environment allows students to develop the confidence to play guitar in a variety of ways and settings. Receiving proper instruction from an experienced guitarist and patient teacher is the fastest, most encouraging path towards experiencing the joy of playing music. Papa Josh has led numerous students through the initial stages of playing guitar and has a keen sense for how to move beyond any obstacle.

Introduction to Flamenco Guitar Part 1

Marcos Carmona
Sunday, February 19
12:15 PM - 2:15 PM
$35

How is flamenco music composed? What are its basic forms and techniques? Find out in this two-part, four-hour intensive with Marcos Carmona, guitarist and executive director of Flamenco Arts Northwest. Learn the basic Flamenco Tangos and its use of rasquedos (strums), pulgar (thumb), picado (picking), chords, and arpeggios. Flamenco can be played on any style of guitar and even songwriters will walk away with new chords and strumming patterns. To get the most out of this class, you'll want to know open position chords.

Introduction to Flamenco Guitar Part 2

Marcos Carmona
Sunday, March 5
12:15 PM - 2:15 PM
$35

Review and continue learning the basic Tango. Practice chord cycles and add simple melodies on top of chords. Discover productive ways to practice. Flamenco can be played on any style of guitar and even songwriters will walk away with new chords and strumming patterns. To get the most out of this class, you'll want to know open position chords.

Roots & Blues: Fingerstyle Basics

Steve James
Sunday, January 29
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
$35

Add classic song arrangements to your guitar repertoire while improving your chord knowledge and fingerpicking technique. The Roots & Blues series with Steve James explores hands-on a special topic in American roots music each month. Multi-instrumentalist Steve James has developed an international reputation as a teacher of American roots and blues musical styles. He's a regular contributor to Acoustic Guitar Magazine, has written method books for Hal Leonard Publishing, and released instructional DVDs. TAB and chord diagrams provided. For advanced beginner to intermediate players.

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

Steve James
Sunday, February 26
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
$35

Get a hand on one of the unique sounds in blues music. Learn how to use the bottleneck slide along with basic song arrangements in open D (Vastopol) and open G (Spanish) tuning. Handouts provided. The Roots & Blues series with Steve James explores hands-on a special topic in American roots music each month. Multi-instrumentalist Steve James has developed an international reputation as a teacher of American roots and blues musical styles. He's a regular contributor to Acoustic Guitar Magazine, has written method books for Hal Leonard Publishing, and released instructional DVDs. Handouts provided. For intermediate players.

Roots & Blues: Playing Blues Guitar in Duets and Ensembles

Steve James
Sunday, March 26
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
$35

Turn basic song arrangements into vehicles for group playing using chord inversions, turnarounds, and fills in combination with blues solo ideas. Build on Steve's previous Roots & Blues classes or join for the very first time. The Roots & Blues series with Steve James explores hands-on a special topic in American roots music each month. Multi-instrumentalist Steve James has developed an international reputation as a teacher of American roots and blues musical styles. He's a regular contributor to Acoustic Guitar Magazine, has written method books for Hal Leonard Publishing, and released instructional DVDs. TAB and chord diagrams provided. For intermediate players.

A New Approach to Travis Picking

Mark Hanson
Saturday, April 29
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

Join Grammy-award winner Mark Hanson as he shares his approach to Travis Picking. Named for Merle Travis, this fingerpicking style incorporates playing a steady bass rhythm with the thumb along with syncopated rhythms with the fingers. Mark has authored numerous books on fingerpicking, including The Art of Contemporary Travis Picking and The Art of Solo Fingerpicking. Learn hands-on Mark's "New Approach to Travis Picking," which introduces a variety of patterns and lays the groundwork for years of enjoyable playing in this style. For advanced beginner to intermediate players.

Improve Your Fingerpicking

Mark Hanson
Saturday, April 29
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

Join Grammy-award winner Mark Hanson in this one-time class and learn techniques to improve your fingerpicking playing and interpretation. Mark will share his stunning versions of "Don't Know Why" off his Love Songs CD, and "You Don't Know Me" off his Author's Notes CD. Mark has authored numerous books on fingerpicking, including The Art of Contemporary Travis Picking and The Art of Solo Fingerpicking. For intermediate to advanced players.