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.

Essential Blues Rock Guitar »

Examine riffs, techniques, and tunes of the masters to help you develop your own style. From Albert King to SRV and back. Chris Winters is an amazing teaching artist who never "wastes a note". Spend some time with him and watch your playing improve.
SUNDAYS Rep class at noon Skills class at 1:30

Essential Blues/Rock Electric Guitar 1 Skills »   Essential Blues/Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire »   Chris Winters »   

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.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1 »   Blues Fingerstyle 1 »   Blues Fingerstyle 3 »   

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.

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar »   Steve Hutchins »   

List of All Blues Guitar Classes (22 found)

Bass Groove Lab

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $144 ($134 members)

Monday with Harlan Terson

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Guitar Forever with Holstein

Group ClassAdvanced

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

Wednesday or Friday with Charles Kim or Dan Fulkerson

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Rhythm Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Friday or Saturday with Dan Fulkerson or Bob Goins

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

Blues Guitar Basics 1

Group ClassBeginner

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

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

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

Building Chord Vocabulary: Beyond Bar Chords

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Easy Licks and Rhythm Tricks

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday or 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  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Slide Guitar Essentials

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with Paul Kaye

Build a solid foundation

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with Paul Kaye

This class introduces the music of traditional blues' great artists. From Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Blake to Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 3

Group ClassAdvanced

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

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Chris Walz

Session 1 will concentrate on bottleneck styles.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar 1 Skills

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Chris Winters

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

3 Kings of the Blues

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($184 members)

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

BB, Freddy and Albert

Taj Mahal Songbook

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Jon Spiegel

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4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000