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 here for a PDF of the Session 3, 2014 Core Guitar schedule.

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Learn Guitar and More on Weekday Mornings »

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 10AM 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.

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Mondays at 5:30 PM or Wednesday at 5:00 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 5:00 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

Adult Group ClassBeginner

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

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

For the complete beginner.

Guitar 1 Repertoire

Adult 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, Charles Kim, Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris, Cathy Norden, Rebecca Toon, Tommi Zender 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

Adult Group ClassBeginner

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

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

Your playing will take on a new dimension.

Guitar 2 Repertoire

Adult Group ClassBeginner

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

Any Day of the Week with Mike Blackburn, Barbara Silverman, Chris Walz, Elaine Moore, Bob Goins, Jimmy Tomasello, Mike Mann, John Abbey, Scott Besaw, Michael O'Toole, Jane Hanna or Chris Corsale

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

Guitar 3

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Any Day of the Week with Linda Smith, Joel Frankel, Dan Fulkerson, Bob Goins, Shelley Miller, Jason McInnes, Tom Ryan, Steve Levitt, Michael O'Toole or Deanna Devore

Build dexterity with basic fingerpicking and flatpicking.

Guitar 3 Repertoire

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Carlos Chacon, Mary Peterson, Shelley Miller, Mike Mann, Cathy Norden, Steve Levitt, Jane Hanna or Steve Dawson

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

Beyond Guitar 3

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 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

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Lisa DeRosia, Shelley Miller, Mike Mann, Andrea Bunch, Jane Hanna or Chris Corsale

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

Guitar 4Ever

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday with Steve Doyle, Chris Winters, Bob Goins, Mike Mann, Jacob Sweet, John Abbey, Scott Besaw, Steve Dawson or Deanna Devore

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

Guitar Forever with Holstein

Adult 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

Adult Group ClassAdvancedNew!

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

Thursday with Steve Dawson

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Dave Specter

Cop some chops with one of Chicago's finest axe man.

Advanced Fingerboard Theory

Adult 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.

GUITAR STUDY HALL

Adult 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.

Guitarra En Español 1

Adult 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

Adult 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.

Romantica Guitarra Latina

Adult 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.

Essential Blues/Rock Guitar 1 Skills

Adult 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 Guitar Repertoire

Adult 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.

Greenwich Village Voices

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday or Wednesday with Ed Holstein

Study an iconic era of folk music with our own folk icon.

Fingerpicking 1

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday or Thursday with Alvin McGovern or Randy Morris

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

Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar Styles

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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.

Fingerpicking 2

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Randy Morris

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

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Adult 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.

Rhythm Guitar

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Bob Goins

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

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday with Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris, Bob Goins, 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.

Southern Rock Guitar Styles

Adult 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.

Building Chord Vocabulary

Adult 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.

Applying Fingerboard Theory

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with Bob Goins

Following up on Guitar Fingerboard Theory let's learn how to use your knowledge.

Blues Guitar Basics 1

Adult Group ClassBeginner

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.

Blues Guitar Basics 2

Adult 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.

Blues Guitar Performance

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

Perfect your blues skills and develop your own sound

Lead Guitar Basics

Adult 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.

6 String Social

Adult WorkshopIntermediate

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

Friday with Joel Frankel, Dan Fulkerson, Jimmy Tomasello, Jim Stacho, Cathy Norden, Wayne Jancik, Andrea Bunch, Steve Dawson, Tommi Zender, Chris Corsale or David Berger

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

Soul Food for Acoustic Guitarists

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Bill Brickey

Sit down to the table and partake in a fun funky meal unplugged.

Approaches to Teaching Groups with Frank Hamilton

Adult WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $15 ($15 members)

Saturday with FRANK HAMILTON

Join the school's first teacher for this special workshop.

Band in Your Hands

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

The strummer is the drummer and more.

Bluegrass Guitar - Rhythm and Lead

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with John Huber

You will expand your understanding of how the guitar fits in the music by learning Bluegrass standards.

Introduction to Bluegrass Guitar

Adult Group ClassBeginner

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

Saturday with John Huber

Begin your introduction to Bluegrass guitar with the study of classic Bluegrass songs.

Bluegrass Rhythm & Song

Adult 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 Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Intro to Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Adult Group ClassBeginner

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

Saturday with Paul Kaye

Learn the styles and techniques of Blues greats like Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson and more.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Adult 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 Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 3

Adult 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 Fingerstyle 1

Adult Group ClassBeginner

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

Adult 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 Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Blues Fingerstyle 3

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

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

Monday with Chris Walz

Advance your study of fingerpicking and slide styles of the Country Blues.

Intro to Brazilian Guitar

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Paulinho Garcia

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

Brazilian Guitar Repertoire

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Paulinho Garcia

Build your Brazilian rep with a true master of the genre.

Chicken Pickin' Guitar Styles

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Steve Doyle

Guaranteed to make your chops fingerlickin, good.

Contemporary Female Songwriters

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Wednesday with Deanna Devore

A wide sampling of fabulous female tunesmiths.

Django Guitar Styles 1

Adult 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

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

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

Thursday with Adrian Holovaty

Continue your study of this inspired style.

Dobro for Complete Beginners

Adult 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 Program Manager Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Dobro 2: Bluegrass Songs every Dobro player should know

Adult 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 Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Early Country Guitar

Adult 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

Easy Licks and Rhythm Tricks

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Tuesday with Jon Spiegel

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

Intro To Flamenco Guitar

Adult Group ClassBeginner

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

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

Examine the basic chords and rhythmic attacks of flamenco.

Flamenco Guitar 1

Adult 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 2

Adult 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.

Intro to Flatpicking

Adult 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 Program Manager Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Flatpicking Repertoire

Adult 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.

American Standards for Folk Guitar

Adult 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 Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Foo Fighters Acoustic

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

Eric Clapton Guitar Styles

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Saturday with Richard Pettengill

Submerge yourself in the styles of “Slowhand”.

Heroes of Folk Guitar

Adult 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 Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Indie-Folk Troubadours for Beginners

Adult Group ClassBeginnerNew!

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.

Jamming Skills for Leading & Participating

Adult WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $15 ($15 members)

Saturday with FRANK HAMILTON

There is so much to learn every time Frank comes to Old Town.

Jazz Guitar 1 Intro/Skills

Adult 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

Adult 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 Repertoire

Adult 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.

Jeff Tweedy on Acoustic

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Bob Goins

Explore the rich catalog of Wilco's bandleader.

John Lennon Acoustic

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Tuesday with Tommi Zender

All John all the time

John Martyn Fingerstyle Guitar

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Monday with Michael Miles

A Special 4 week overview of a fingerstyle legend

Kurt Rosenwinkel Jazz Guitar Clinic

Adult WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

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

Saturday with Staff

Open Stage 101

Adult 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.

Playing and Singing Easy Standards

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Thursday with Barbara Silverman

Rock Unplugged

Adult 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.

Singing and Strumming

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Scott Besaw

Slide Guitar Essentials

Adult 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.

T-Bone Blues

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

Learn the licks that influenced every electric guitarist in history.

Wiggleworms Songs for Guitarists

Adult Group ClassBeginner

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

Saturday with Tisa Batchelder

Grandparents, parents, librarians, teachers, aunties, uncles, come one--come all

Overdrive 1 Electric Guitar Styles

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Wednesday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

learn to make the transition from acoustic to electric

Overdrive 2 Electric Guitar Styles

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist

Fingerpicking Treasures: Jazz Classics of the 1930s

Adult WorkshopIntermediateNew!

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

Saturday with Blaise Arena

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