Blues Guitar



Learn authentic styles, electric or acoustic from our stable of professional players.

Deep in our souls we all have the blues to some extent. Tap into this basic human emotion and bring it out with musical expression. We provide classes in traditional acoustic blues and low down electric styles. In many ways, the blues are the measure of a player, super-charge your playing by learning from some of Chicago's finest.

Acoustic Blues Guitar »

Here at the Old Town School, located in the capital city of the blues Chicago, we offer a wide range of acoustic blues classes and workshops with seasoned professional players. Donna Herula throws down on Mondays with Blues Fingerstyle classes and the legendary Paul Kaye serves up 2 levels of Acoustic Blues Guitar on Saturday afternoon.

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Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar »

We're in Chicago the intergalactic home of the blues and the Old Town School is proud and pleased to have Randy Morris as part of our impressive roster of teaching artists. Randy is a highly respected player and has resume to prove it. He has developed a unique approach to Chicago blues. Mondays at 6:30

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List of All Blues Guitar Classes (24 found)

Bass Groove Lab

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”

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

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

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.

Lead Guitar Basics

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Rhythm Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday 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 2

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Donna Herula

Continue to add dimension to your slide guitar playing

Blues Guitar Basics 1

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

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

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday, 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

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

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

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

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

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

Group ClassBeginner

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

This class alternates every session with Blues Fingerstyle 2. Mark your calendar and be sure to sign up next session.

Blues Fingerstyle 2

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

Group ClassAdvanced

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

Monday with Chris Walz

A Compendium Of The Blues SESSION 3 - THE PIEDMONT STYLE OF JOHN JACKSON

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar 1 Skills

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

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.

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Sunday with Donna Herula

Add a new dimension to your acoustic guitar playing

Big Bill Broonzy Guitar Instrumentals

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

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

Sunday with Eric Noden

Electric Blues Guitar: Texas Style

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

How to Play Guitar in a Band

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

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

480 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.

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