Guitar Classes

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

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.

Arranging Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar

Barry Pollack
Saturday, December 2
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

Learn easy, intermediate, and challenging instrumental arrangements of popular holiday tunes. Songs include “Angels We Have Heard On High,” blessings for lighting Chanuka candles, “Come All Ye Faithful,” “I Have a Little Dreidel,” “Jingle Bells,” “Joy To The World,” “Let it Snow!,” “Silent Night,” “Sevivon,” and “White Christmas.” Everyone will have something to work on that fits their level of playing. This class is for advanced beginners and stronger players who have dabbled in fingerstyle guitar. Barre chords are not required but helpful for some arrangements. Everyone will receive a binder of professionally designed and printed materials, as well as access to a library of mp3’s. Please bring a tuner and music stand if you have them. You’re welcome to record the class.

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.

Guitar Master Class: Techniques for All Styles

Barry Pollack
Saturday, December 16
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$50

Solid technique is a foundation for all styles of guitar playing. Break out of habits that limit your abilities. Learn techniques to create beautiful melodic and skilled lead guitar playing. Develop the dexterity and strength in your fretting hand so you can maximize sustain of notes and make quick and fluid chord changes. Barry says, “I want to share some of what I’ve learned in over fifty years of studying, teaching, and professional playing.” You will receive a binder of professionally designed and printed materials to keep and use for many months or years, as well as access to a library of mp3s. Please bring a music stand if you have one. You are welcome to record the class.

Rhythm & Lead for Acoustic Guitar: Bluegrass & Folk Styles

Chris Luquette
Saturday, January 6
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$50

Break down in depth the rhythm and lead guitar parts for bluegrass and folk music with GRAMMY®-nominated Chris Luqette of Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. Expand your knowledge of the guitar fretboard, improve your right-hand technique, and examine approaches to dynamics and bass runs. For advanced beginners to intermediate players.

Roots & Blues: Fingerstyle Guitar Basics

Steve James
Sunday, January 7
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
$40

Add a couple of new arrangements to your blues song bag while employing picking techniques and harmony ideas to improve the sound of your guitar playing.The Roots & Blues series with Steve James explores 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.

Acoustic Guitar Band

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6
6:30 PM - 7:30 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.

Intermediate Guitar

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6
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.

Beginning Guitar 3

Papa Josh
Five Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

Propel yourself past the beginner stage and start enjoying new songs, riffs, and licks! Expand your skill set as you become more comfortable with your guitar and learn to an array of musical selections, focusing on familiar chord- and strumming-based songs. Walk away with more approaches to blues riffs, improvising, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Start playing fingerstyle arrangements and reading more on the musical staff. For advanced beginners. Please bring your guitar, tuner, music stand, and recording device. Both acoustic and electric guitars are welcome.

Blues Guitar 1

Papa Josh
Five Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7
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.

Beginning Guitar 1

Tai Shan
Five Thursdays, January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8
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.

Fingerstyle Guitar Master Class: Stevie Wonder

Barry Pollack
Saturday, January 13
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$50

In addition to their beautiful melodies, “Isn't She Lovely” and “My Cherie Amour” by Stevie Wonder present interesting rhythmic devices and lush harmonies that may introduce you to new chords. Learn how to create your own fingerstyle arrangements of these songs in this master class for intermediate guitarists, or anyone who’s dabbled in fingerstyle and can play barre chords. Each student receives a binder of professionally designed and printed materials to keep and use for many months or years, as well as access to a library of mp3s. Please bring a music stand if you have one, and you’re welcome to record the class. For more about Barry’s monthly master classes, visit modernclassicsguitar.com.

Free Guitar Clinic: Tonewoods

Frank Spencer
Saturday, January 13
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.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Swing Jazz Improvisation I

Eric Madis
Saturday, January 20
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

Learn the basics of single-string improvisation in the swing style popularized by players from Eddie Lang to Charlie Christian. Develop an understanding of the song structure and harmony of an American Songbook tune (taught in the morning class), with emphasis on techniques for soloing, including scales, arpeggios, and classic “riffs” For intermediate and advanced guitarists. Eric Madis is a working musician and recording artist, and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Swing Jazz Rhythm Guitar I

Eric Madis
Saturday, January 20
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

Learn a jazz standard from the American Songbook while developing a refined and swinging accompaniment for voice or instrument. Create interesting and tasteful harmonic movement with techniques for chord voicings and efficient use of the picking hand. For intermediate and advanced guitarists with a knowledge of barre chords. Eric Madis is a working musician and recording artist, and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.