Guitar Classes

Acoustic Guitar Band

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, November 13, 20, (skip 27), December 4, 11, 18
7:45 PM - 8:45 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 Fingerstyle Guitar

Barry Pollack
Five Tuesdays, November 13, 20, (skip 27), December 4, 11, 18
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.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Ragtime Guitar

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

Learn a guitar arrangement of Scott Joplin's ragtime piano classic, "Maple Leaf Rag." Experience playing independent, alternating bass lines is helpful in this class for intermediate to advanced guitarists. This Blues & Jazz Spectrum is a monthly series that explores a variety of acoustic and electric blues. Eric Madis is a working musician, recording artist and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

The Blues & Jazz Spectrum: Swinging the Blues III

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

Explore the swing “jump” blues style of Louis Jordan and Count Basie with its jazzy chord voicings and improvisation. Learn more jazz and blues chords, how to understand the relative major key of dominant chords, and how to use relative diatonic (seven-note) scales to use for improvisation. For intermediate to advanced guitarists. Eric Madis is a working musician, recording artist and has taught guitar throughout the US and Canada since 1976.

It’s All in the Approach: Using Scales, Phrases and Runs to Enhance Your Guitar Soloing

Chris Luquette
Sunday, December 9
12:15 PM - 2:15 PM
$50

Go in-depth with guitar virtuoso Chris Luquette (Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen) to look at musical scales and phrases and how they can help you build solos, improve tone, and enhance tunes. Chris works with you on expanding your warm-up routine, connecting scale patterns, and building speed. Learn to “mentally map” your fretboard with bass runs and fingering patterns, and walk away with new tools with which to approach your guitar playing. Players of acoustic guitar, rhythm, lead, bluegrass, and more shouldn’t miss this rare opportunity! For advanced beginner and intermediate players.

Rhythm and Dynamics for Acoustic Guitar: Bluegrass & Folk Styles

Chris Luquette
Sunday, December 9
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
$50

Break down in depth the rhythm guitar parts for bluegrass and folk music with GRAMMY®-nominated Chris Luquette 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 beginner and to intermediate players.