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.

Wondering where to start? Take our quick quiz to find the right class for you.

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.

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 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.

Guitar Program »   Fiddle & Cello Program »   Mandolin Program »   Voice Program »   Harmonica Program »   

Don't Miss the 6 String Social every Friday »

Meet other folks who want to get together to play music. Each Friday one of our teachers offers a stack of songs covering a theme or artist or era of pop culture. A few recent themes include Songs of Divorce, Woodstock Singalong, Newport 63 Revisited, Western Swing. Hey it's good fun even if you don't play an instrument. COME ON DOWN! Every Friday at 7PM.

$10 gets you in and includes copies of all the tunes played. PLEASE NOTE: 6 String Socials occur at 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.

6 String Social »   

Lead Guitar Basics »

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 »   Dan Fulkerson »   Charles Kim »   

List of All Core Guitar Classes (19 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 or Jane Hanna

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, 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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