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.

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 Steve Hutchins as part of our impressive roster of teaching artists. Steve 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 »   

Greenwich Village Voices »

Join Chicago Folk Icon Ed Holstein as he provides the keys to unlock the legendary styles and songs of Dave Van Ronk Fred Neil. Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan and others. We are excited to offer this course as popular culture sheds light on Van Ronk and others with the latest movie by the Coen Brothers, "Inside Llewyn Davis". Now at 2 different days and times!!!

Ed Holstein »   Inside Llewyn Davis »   Greenwich Village Voices »   

Eric Clapton Guitar Styles »

Take a slow look at Slowhand. We are offering an ongoing class on one the great guitar gods. Show up with axe in hand and learn to master the master's techniques. Session 3 we will look at Cream.

Eric Clapton Guitar Styles »   Clapton website »   

List of All Blues Guitar Classes (24 found)

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.

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Steve Hutchins

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Jimmy Tomasello 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)

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

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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

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