Guitar Classes

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Ragtime Blues I

Eric Madis
Saturday, January 19
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

Learn to play 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. Explore techniques using a classic tune as you develop a strong, consistent thumb accompaniment, as well as embellishment and improvisation skills. For intermediate and advanced guitarists. Eric Madis is a working musician, recording artist and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Southern Blues Bottleneck Slide I

Eric Madis
Saturday, January 19
1:30 PM - 3:30 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, along with embellishment and improvisation techniques. 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

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Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
5 weeks, $125

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 Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5
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.

Basics of Bluegrass Lead Guitar: Find the Melody!

Rob Bulkley
Five Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
5 weeks, $125

Starting with examples from the playing of the Carter Family, learn how to find the melody on your guitar and play it with solid rhythm. Progress to working out simple solos based on the melody, and then elaborate on them using basic guitar runs. We'll work primarily in the keys of G, C, and D. Students receive TAB. Please bring a tuner. Recording devices recommended. Don't forget your flatpick!

Basics of Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar: Find the Feel!

Rob Bulkley
Five Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

Learn the basics of solid rhythm guitar so that you can power a band or a jam session. Improve your timing and tone. Add classic runs and fills to your toolkit, and gain experience with the various "feels" in Bluegrass music. We'll work primarily in the keys of G, C, and D. Students receive TAB. Please bring a tuner. Recording devices recommended. Don't forget your flatpick!

The Art of Fingerstyle Guitar

Barry Pollack
Saturday, January 26
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$50

Each month, this class presents an "easy to gig-ready" fingerstyle guitar arrangement of a song picked from the folk, rock, pop, jazz, Latin, world, or blues genres. Along with the arrangement (given in both staff and TAB form), you'll receive guidance on fingerstyle playing, as well as alternative solutions and exercises to help you become a stronger guitarist.

Beginning Guitar 1

Jonathan Shue
Five Mondays, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
5 weeks, $125

For the total beginner! Start with the basics including parts of the guitar, tuning, and caring for your instrument. Learn eight basic chords and a basic strum pattern that will allow you to play many songs, as well as a few of the ways you will encounter written notation for guitar. Explore songs in the American roots canon from Woody Guthrie to Tom Petty. Develop a strong foundation for playing with ease, good practice habits, and enjoying your instrument for years to come. Plenty of handouts provided. Please bring a working guitar (rentals available through Dusty Strings), tuner, music stand, and recording device. Jonathan Shue is the Education Director for Dusty Strings, a multi-instrumentalist and singer, and lover of all things guitar.

Beginning Fingerstyle Guitar

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

Fingerstyle, or fingerpicking, can be used to create interesting and melodic accompaniment and solo arrangements for guitar. In this class, you'll study the guitar playing of contemporary and traditional artists as you learn how to create and use fingerpicking patterns and the basics of arranging a song for solo fingerstyle guitar. For advanced beginner to intermediate guitar players comfortable with playing chords. Included is a bound copy of professionally engraved music in both staff and TAB notation, as well as access to mp3 examples of class materials. Please bring a music stand if you have one.

Beginning Guitar 2

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

This class is a continuation of Beginning Guitar 1 and is also open to other beginners who want to keep learning. If you already know a few chords, or used to play years ago and want some inspiration in a supportive environment, 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. Please bring a music stand if you have one.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Swing Jazz Improvisation 1

Eric Madis
Saturday, February 16
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 1

Eric Madis
Saturday, February 16
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.

Blues Form and Function: North Mississippi Hill Country Blues

Reed Turchi
Sunday, February 17
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.

The Art of Fingerstyle Guitar

Barry Pollack
Saturday, February 23
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$50

Each month, this class presents an "easy to gig-ready" fingerstyle guitar arrangement of a song picked from the folk, rock, pop, jazz, Latin, world, or blues genres. Along with the arrangement (given in both staff and TAB form), you'll receive guidance on fingerstyle playing, as well as alternative solutions and exercises to help you become a stronger guitarist.

Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

Learn more sophisticated fingerpicking patterns including bass runs, hammer-ons and pull-offs, as well as Latin rhythms. Further your arranging skills with more advanced melodies and chord progressions. For intermediate guitar players, or those who have taken Beginning Fingerstyle Guitar, who have some experience fingerpicking and can play barre chords. A bound copy of professionally engraved music in both staff and TAB notation is included with the class, as well as access to mp3 examples of class materials. Please bring a music stand if you have one.

Intermediate Guitar

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16
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.