Core Level Guitar Classes

A great place to start or hone basic skills while having fun and meeting other folks.

The backbone of the Old Town School experience since its inception in 1957, our Core Guitar classes provide solid musical background using traditional and popular styles in a friendly casual group environment.

Core guitar classes (Guitar 1 - Guitar 4) meet once a week for 80 minutes followed by the Second Half, where all levels join together to play a handful of tunes from our Songbook and more. There are class options every day of the week, mornings, evenings, and weekends - one is sure to fit your schedule.

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

Click for a PDF of the Core Guitar Schedule for Session 5 of 2016.

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.

You may ask, “Hey, what's this class Beyond Guitar 3?” Good question. It's a class we set up to accommodate folks who want to continue their studies during weekday morning classes and at our Armitage location where space is somewhat limited.

Visit the folks in the Old Town School Music Store to purchase the Songbook and to get your guitar ready for the first day of class.

If you play already, we offer many opportunities to get better, play with others, and create your own music.
Click to download a schedule listing of classes, days, and teachers.

Study Guitar and More 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 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.
Check out the '60s Ensemble and the Daytime Beatles Ensemble at noon on Weds & Fri

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Beginning Music Theory for all INSTRUMENTS and VOCALISTS »

Calling all players and singers. It's time to learn about the inner workings of Music. Join this class designed for all so that you can talk the talk and walk the walk. Cathy Norden presents the fundamentals of music theory in a fun, easy to consume manner. Mondays at 6:30.

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Fingerpicking Classes »

Old Town School is proud to offer a variety of classes that address the art of fingerpicking/fingerstyle. If you are comfortable with basic open chords, get busy using your fingers in Fingerpicking 1 & 2. For those who have worked with their fingers before and can "Travis" pick, we have Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar.

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Lead Guitar Basics and Repertoire »

Make the leap from strumming your guitar to learning how to solo. Work on scales and distinct fingerings that will enable you to improvise and express melodic ideas. It's a lifelong journey and this is the ideal place to start. Electrics or acoustics are welcome. This session classes are offered Wednesday at 8pm or Friday at noon.

Lead Guitar Basics »   Lead Guitar Repertoire »   Essential Blues/Rock Electric Guitar 1 Skills »   

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