Blues Classes



We're here in Chicago the blues capitol of the world. We can serve it up in many many forms: Acoustic, Electric, Traditional, Modern, and with a little jazzy flavor.

List of All Blues Classes (48 found)

Clawhammer Banjo's World of Folk & Blues

Banjo  |  Group ClassAdvancedNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Michael Miles

Bass Groove Lab

Bass  |  Group ClassIntermediate

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $147 ($137 members)

Monday with Harlan Terson

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Beginning Jazz Lab

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $147 ($137 members)

Thursday with Jack Cassidy

This is the class to build your chops in.

Blues Band - Live!

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $224 ($214 members)

Wednesday or Saturday with Steve Hutchins

Form a blues band, rehearse, and perform in an authentic blues club.

Jazz Ensemble Improv 2

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Thursday with Jack Cassidy

Let's get good and serious.

Johnny Cash Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $204 ($194 members)

Tuesday with Bob Goins or Ed Holstein

Prison, trains love, death and much more

R&B Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Wednesday with John Mead

Immerse yourself into the work of an artist or musical movement.
Session 2 More of The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin

Soul Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $216 ($206 members)

Thursday with Alton Smith or Bill Brickey

Session 3: The music of Muscle Shoals- Aretha, Wilson, Clarence and more

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Saturday with Ed Holstein

The one and only legendary folk icon, Ed Holstein holds court for acoustic guitarists.

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Steve Hutchins

Learn lead and comping techniques of the major players of the Chicago blues style.

West Side Chicago Blues Style

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

Fire up the Barbecue and let's do this right!

Lead Guitar Basics

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Saturday with Chris Corsale

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Rhythm Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday, Friday or Saturday with Dan Fulkerson or Chris Corsale

Focus on one of the most essential elements of playing guitar and music itself.

Acoustic Slide Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Sunday with Donna Herula

Add a new dimension to your guitar playing This Session we'll focus on Hill Country Blues

Blues Guitar Basics 1

Guitar  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

Build skills and repertoire within the blues idiom.

Blues Guitar Basics 2

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

Begin to improvise and learn more unique forms of the blues style.

Building Chord Vocabulary

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Thursday or Friday with Dan Fulkerson or Steve Hutchins

Let's go beyond bar chords and learn to respond fearlessly to any chart.

Overdrive 2 Electric Guitar Styles

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Introduction to Electric Guitar Styles

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Wednesday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

Make the transition from acoustic to electric.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Guitar  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Saturday with Paul Kaye

Build a solid foundation

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Saturday with Paul Kaye

This class introduces the music of traditional blues' great artists.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 3

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Saturday with Paul Kaye

With an emphasis on building a repertoire, this class continues to develop the style and techniques of the acoustic blues guitarist.

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Guitar  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Chris Walz

You'll get a taste of the Blues with Blind Boy Fuller, Tommy Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and others.

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Chris Walz

Take the fingerpicking, rhythms and regional styles of the country Blues you've learned in level 1, and concentrate on open tunings and bottleneck slide in level 2.

Blues Fingerstyle 3

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Chris Walz

A Compendium Of The Blues SESSION 2 - WOMEN IN COUNTRY BLUES

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar 1 Skills

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Sunday with Chris Winters

Expand techniques and your personal riff artillery within the framework of songs and progressions in the blues/rock idiom.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Sunday with Chris Winters

An ongoing class which develops repertoire in the blues/rock genre.

Big Bill Broonzy Guitar Instrumentals

Guitar  |  WorkshopIntermediateNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Sunday with Eric Noden

Electric Blues Guitar: Texas Style

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

How to Play Guitar in a Band

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Sunday with John Mead

Learn how to play with others it's different than playing by yourself!

Robben Ford Guitar Clinic

Guitar  |  WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

570 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $200 ($200 members)

Friday with Staff

A all day clinic with one of the greats. Early registration $200 until May 15.

Robert Johnson- Lowdown Blues and Rags

Guitar  |  WorkshopIntermediateNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Sunday with Paul Kaye

Robert Johnson- Open Tunings & Slide

Guitar  |  WorkshopIntermediateNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Sunday with Paul Kaye

Bass Guitar 1

Bass  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Sunday with Harlan Terson

4 strings that hold everything together.

Crash Bass for Guitarists

Bass  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Harlan Terson

A course designed for those who already play another stringed instrument.

Bass Guitar 2

Bass  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Sunday with Harlan Terson

Bass is the glue of ensemble music.

Bass Guitar 3

Bass  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Sunday with Harlan Terson

Begin to apply general music theory and expand your techniques and vocabulary.

Learn Classic Soul Bass Lines

Bass  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Saturday with Harlan Terson

Get up for the down stroke. Learn to work your four strings to keep folks on the dance floor.

Bass Guitar 4

Bass  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

This class is offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Blues Bass Repertoire

Bass  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Saturday with Harlan Terson

Build your song bag with one of the mainstays of the Chicago Blues scene

Blues Bass Techniques & Forms

Bass  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Many of our Bass classes rotate through the year.
If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Chicago Blues Harp 1

Harmonica  |  Group ClassBeginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $147 ($137 members)

Monday or Saturday with Mario Rabaza or Zoe Savage

Whether you're just interested in learning the basics or aspire to play at the highest level, here's where you start.

Chicago Blues Harp 2

Harmonica  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday or Saturday with Mario Rabaza or Zoe Savage

Now that you have the fundamentals in order, build your repertoire of solos in level 2.

Harmonica Forever

Harmonica  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday or Thursday with Skip Landt

Students in Harmonica Forever include those who have played for years along with newer players who want to keep developing skills.

Chicago Blues Harp 3

Harmonica  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $216 ($206 members)

Monday with Joe Filisko

Now that you can play some 12-bar blues, explore the elusive techniques of the masters to expand your sound and fatten up your tone.

Blues Harmonica Performance

Harmonica  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $216 ($206 members)

Monday with Joe Filisko or Grant Kessler

Examine the rich legacy of recordings left by the great Blues Harp masters.

Harmonica Rhythm & Chording

Harmonica  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $216 ($206 members)

Monday with Joe Filisko

Learn authentic harmonica train imitations, fox chases, and accompaniment for blues and folk music.

Piano Lab: Dueling Pianos

Piano  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000