Guitar Classes

Blues Form and Function: North Mississippi Hill Country Blues

Reed Turchi
Sunday, May 20
12:15 PM - 2:15 PM
$40

The further back one traces blues music, the more one finds not a singular style, but a rich variety of styles, tunings, riffs, and personalities. Go deep into the blues by learning some classic tunes and techniques of the North Mississippi Hill Country Blues genre, including those of Mississippi Fred McDowell, RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and Robert Belfour. These include slide voicing, palm-muting, and percussive thumb styles, as well as what separates this genre from Delta Blues or Southern Rock. Find the universal through the specific and open new doors to your playing by tracing the form and function of these key, if often overlooked, blues artists. For advanced beginner to intermediate players.

Acoustic Guitar Band

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26
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, May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26
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.

Roots & Blues: Fingerstyle Guitar Basics

Steve James
Sunday, June 3
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.

Beginning Guitar 2

Barry Pollack
Five Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11 (skip July 4)
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
5 weeks, $125

This class is a continuation of Beginning Guitar 1. 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 explains the basic concepts of music and how they work on the guitar. You'll build the foundation for solid guitar skills and best practices; 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; and gain insights into how to listen, learn, and practice so you can continue to enjoy playing for years to come. Plus, you can begin to play lead or solo guitar! Handouts and mp3 practice tracks provided. For more information, visit modernclassicsguitar.com.

Intermediate Guitar

Barry Pollack
Five Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11 (skip July 4)
6:30 PM - 7:30 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.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Ragtime Blues II

Eric Madis
Saturday, June 23
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

Explore the Southeastern (Piedmont) blues style popularized by Blind Boy Fuller, Reverend Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt, with its alternating bass, syncopated timing and chord-based melodies. Learn a classic tune along with techniques to develop strong and consistent thumb accompaniment, as well as embellishment and improvisation. Eric Madis is a working musician and recording artist, and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Southern Blues Bottleneck Slide II

Eric Madis
Saturday, June 23
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
$40

“Bottleneck” refers to a slide worn on a single finger of one’s fretting hand, some of which were created from the neck of a glass bottle. Learn a classic blues tune in D (Vestapol) tuning, with more embellishment and improvisation techniques than in the previous class. For intermediate guitarists. Eric Madis is a working musician and recording artist, and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

Beginning Guitar 1

Tai Shan
Five Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9
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.