Guitar Program



Welcome to the largest, longest running group guitar program in the world!

Beginners are encouraged to start within our Core Guitar Program.

Click for the “How to Choose the Right Core Guitar Class” PDF.

We are proud to offer a wide range of group classes in various styles and levels of play.

If you'd like some guidance with regards to which class or what level to enroll in, please contact our Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello at 773.751.3371.

Weekday Morning Classes »

Hey there early birds, retirees, second shifters, where else but the Old Town School Of Folk Music will you find a rich program of Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Harmonica and Voice classes available on weekdays! Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:00 AM walk through our halls and hear the sounds of singing, strumming, and sawing. Gospel, folk, old timey, pop, rock, blues - you name it, someone is teaching it and others are learning with joy.

Core Guitar Classes »   Fiddle & Cello Program »   Voice Program »   Harmonica Program »   Mandolin Program »   

Guitar Fingerboard Theory »

A highly recommended class for all students of the guitar. Examine the fundamentals of music theory from the perspective of the guitarist. Let our skilled instructors share insights into building scales and chords and finding ways to move up the neck of your instrument. Open to students at the Guitar 2 level and above.

Available Mondays & Tuesdays at 6:30

Sundays at 2pm Mondays and Fridays at noon.2

Guitar Fingerboard Theory »   

Stop by Our Free Guitar Study Hall »

MONDAYS at 5:30 PM or WEDNESDAYS at 5:30 PM

Bring questions about your skill level or any items on the guitar that you are being challenged by. Our resident guitar sherpa, Steve Levitt is there to help you on your journey.

Find him Mondays at 5:30 PM in the West building in B7 aka "The Levittorium." On Wednesdays at 5:30 PM, the wisdom flows in the East building E229.

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Romantica Guitarra Latina »

Join the legendary Nelson Sosa in a bilingual class to enrich your guitar playing. Learn new rhythms, techniques and songs from multiple Latin cultures. Open to all intermediate guitar players. We meet Tuesdays at 6:30 at the Lincoln Ave. location.

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List of All Guitar Classes for Adults (84 found)

Guitar 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Any Day of the Week with Barbara Silverman, Charles Kim, Chris Walz, Bob Goins, Mike Mann, Cathy Norden, John Abbey, Andrea Bunch, Steve Levitt, Michael O'Toole, Jane Hanna or Chris Corsale

For the complete beginner.

Guitar 1 Repertoire

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Any Day of the Week with Carlos Chacon, Mary Peterson, Linda Smith, Lisa DeRosia, Dan Fulkerson, Bob Goins, Shelley Miller, Mike Mann, Jason McInnes, Steve Levitt, Michael O'Toole or Deanna Devore

Improve your skills by learning lots of great songs, different strums and a few licks, while singing and playing at the same time!

Guitar 2

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Any Day of the Week with Barbara Silverman, Mark Dvorak, Lisa DeRosia, Charles Kim, Rod Gingrich, Dan Fulkerson, Bob Goins, Shelley Miller, Steve Dawson, Tommi Zender or Deanna Devore

Your playing will take on a new dimension.

Guitar 2 Repertoire

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Any Day of the Week with Mary Peterson, Alvin McGovern, Mark Dvorak, Lisa DeRosia, Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris, Cathy Norden, Rebecca Toon, Tommi Zender or Deanna Devore

This class is great entry point for the self taught. You will build repertoire and develop skills.

Guitar 3

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Any Day of the Week with Mary Peterson, Charles Kim, Rod Gingrich, Dan Fulkerson, Elaine Moore, Shelley Miller, Mike Mann, Cathy Norden, Tom Ryan or Tommi Zender

Build dexterity with basic fingerpicking and flatpicking.

Guitar 3 Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Mary Peterson, Elaine Moore, Jimmy Tomasello, Mike Mann, Scott Besaw, Jane Hanna or Steve Dawson

Armed with the knowledge of bar chords one can expand their repertoire to include many idioms.

Beyond Guitar 3

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Sunday with Linda Smith, Rod Gingrich, Dan Fulkerson, Elaine Moore, Jimmy Tomasello, John Abbey or Michael O'Toole

A special level for students who want to continue on the path of musical growth during our morning classes and within the confines of our Armitage location.

Guitar 4

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday with Carlos Chacon, Joel Frankel, Shelley Miller, Tom Ryan or Steve Levitt

Students of Guitar 4 are well on their way to being able to perform and to express themselves musically.

Guitar 4Ever

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Steve Doyle, Chris Winters, Dan Fulkerson, Bob Goins, Jacob Sweet, John Abbey, Scott Besaw, Jane Hanna or Steve Dawson

Students have been known to repeat this class endlessly! And of course, learning the guitar is a lifelong journey.

Guitar Forever with Holstein

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with Ed Holstein

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

RPA Ensemble

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Steve Dawson

A group of 4ever students under Dawson's leadership

Guitarra En Español 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Jose Murillo

A bilingual experience developing basic skills in Latin style playing.

Guitarra En Español 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Jose Murillo

A bilingual experience building repertoire in Latin music.

Guitar Study Hall

Group ClassBeginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Monday or Wednesday with Steve Levitt

A free Q & A with one of the school's renown guitar gurus.

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Friday or Sunday with Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris, Jacob Sweet, Steve Levitt or Michael O'Toole

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in their musical journey.

Beatles Fingerstyle

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $92 ($82 members)

Monday with Michael Miles

A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Fingerpicking 1

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Randy Morris

Put down your plectrum and let's work with both hands.

Fingerpicking 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday or Thursday with Alvin McGovern or Randy Morris

Your fingers can be trained to be an orchestra - a band in the hand.

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Randy Morris

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Introduction to Flatpicking

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Chris Walz

Take your rhythm techniques and turn them into solid single note flatpicking.

Flatpicking Repertoire

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Chris Walz

Build up your flatpick skills with advanced fiddle tunes, and learn note for note solos by some of the bluegrass greats.

3 Kings of the Blues Instrumentals

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

We're working on instrumentals only this session… no reason to hideaway

Bluegrass Guitar Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with John Huber

Build your songbag with this on-going class

Classical Guitar Basics for Folk, Pop & Rock Guitarists

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $170 ($160 members)

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

Add a new facet to your guitar playing style

Richard Thompson Songbook

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Steve Doyle

Celebrate the music and guitar stylings of one of the best players anywhere.

Band in Your Hands

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

The strummer is the drummer and more.

Easy Licks and Rhythm Tricks

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Jon Spiegel

Go from good to WOW!!! in 8 weeks.

Overdrive 1 Electric Guitar Styles

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

Make the transition from acoustic to electric.

Overdrive 2 Electric Guitar Styles

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Guitar Rhythms & Strums

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $92 ($87 members)

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

Lead Guitar Basics

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday or Friday with Charles Kim or Dan Fulkerson

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Open Stage 101

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Scott Besaw

Hit your next open stage equipped with knowledge and confidence.

Rhythm Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

This and other musicianship classes are 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.

Riff Rock Part 2: The Americans

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $92 ($87 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Singing and Strumming

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Scott Besaw

Concentrate on both things at the same time

Slide Guitar Essentials

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Jon Spiegel

Basic skills, techniques, and tunings will be covered.

Standards Made Simple

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Barbara Silverman

Learn a simple and approachable way to accompany the old chestnuts.

Wiggleworms Songs for Guitarists

Group ClassBeginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $140 ($130 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Erin Flynn with your contact information.

Early Country Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Paul Tyler

Work with the skills that started everything on the 6 string.

Advanced Fingerboard Theory

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

This and other musicianship classes are 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.

Applying Fingerboard Theory

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with Bob Goins

Following up on Guitar Fingerboard Theory - learn how to use your knowledge.

Building Chord Vocabulary

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

Learn to respond fearlessly to any chord chart.

Bluegrass Guitar 1

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Introduction to Bluegrass Guitar

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with John Huber

Build a strong foundation of flatpick finesse.

Bluegrass Guitar Rhythm and Song

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with Paul Kaye

Build a solid foundation

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 3

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 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 Guitar Basics 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation 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.

Blues Guitar Basics 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

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

Blues Guitar Performance

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

This class runs in rotation 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.

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Blues Fingerstyle 3

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Essential Blues/Rock Electric Guitar 1 Skills

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 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

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Sunday with Chris Winters

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

Intro to Brazilian Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Paulinho Garcia

Learn this specific style of playing and it will inform all of your guitar playing from now on.

Brazilian Guitar Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

This class is offered on a rotating basis.

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Flamenco Guitar 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

Develop a catalog of strums and styles necessary to play flamenco.

Flamenco Guitar 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

Develop a strong repertoire in this exciting musical idiom.

Jazz Guitar 1 Intro/Skills

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday or Saturday with Tony do Rosario

Time to take your playing to a whole other level.

Jazz Guitar 1.5

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

Take your time to absorb the fundamentals of jazz guitar.

Jazz Guitar 2 Skills and Repertoire

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Tony do Rosario

Build your repertoire from session to session.

Jazz Guitar Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

Work on ensemble arrangements of jazz classics.

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Steve Hutchins

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

Romantica Guitarra Latina

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Nelson Sosa

Join this bilingual celebration of Latin guitar music.

Acoustic Zeppelin

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with Richard Pettengill

Study Page's acoustic songs and instrumentals in both standard and open guitar tunings.

Django Guitar Styles 1

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Adrian Holovaty

Learn a distinct musical style that's loved all over the world.

Django Guitar Styles 2

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Adrian Holovaty

Continue your study of this inspired style.

Foo Fighters Acoustic

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

We're unplugging the songbook of this influential band.

George Harrison Acoustic

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Tommi Zender

All George, all acoustic, all the time.

Gram Parsons: Byrds & Beyond

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $92 ($87 members)

Tuesday with Tom Ryan

The songs you learn in this class will stay with you forever. They are that timeless.

Rock Unplugged

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Dan Fulkerson

We're rockin' hard and heavy but saving our ears at the same time.

6 String Social

WorkshopIntermediate

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $10 ($5 members)

Friday with Joel Frankel or Dan Fulkerson

You simply must come to one of these to see how fun they are. All are invited.

Blues Guitar Styles with Paul Geremia

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($33 members)

Sunday with Paul Geremia

Blues guitar legend Paul Geremia is possibly the greatest living performer of the East Coast and Texas fingerpicking and slide styles, on six and twelve strings. Join him for this one-time workshop!

Custom Lesson with Nathaniel Braddock

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

30 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Saturday or Sunday with Nathaniel Braddock

Get in while you can! This is a 30-minute custom lesson.

Dan's Rhythm Method

WorkshopIntermediate

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

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

Let's count to four all together, and get this thing right!

Fingerstyle Troubadours

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $92 ($87 members)

Monday with Steve Dawson

Now's your chance. We only offer this in the summer.

Fretboard Geography: Simplifying the Guitar Neck

WorkshopIntermediate

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

Sunday with Tommi Zender

More fun than grammar school maps! And more useful, too.

How to Figure Out Songs By Ear

WorkshopIntermediate

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Saturday with Brandon Seyferth

Learn some essential musical concepts and put them to use in this practical class for any instrument!

Motown Fingerstyle

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 2 weeks  ·  $45 ($43 members)

Tuesday with Michael Miles

Join Michael Miles in a two-week solo fingerstyle romp through the Motown's classic sounds.

Scales With Colors

WorkshopIntermediate

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

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

Discover a new way to learn, practice, and use scales in your guitar playing!

The Beginner's Guide to Improvising in Any Key

WorkshopBeginnerNew!

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Sunday with Brandon Seyferth

Unlock the mysteries of improvisation! We'll cover a few simple concepts that will have you improvising by the time you leave.

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