Teachers at the Old Town School

Chris Walz

Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin

Bluegrass Slide Fingerstyle

Chris first got interested in the guitar as a teenager through the music of the early Country Blues players like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Willie McTell. He plays and teaches this style to this day. Always interested in Bluegrass, he developed his flatpicking and wound up spending three and a half years touring the world with the bluegrass band The Special Consensus. Chris has been at the Old Town School of Folk Music since 1996 and divides his time between performing and teaching.

Started at the Old Town School in January of 1996


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 04/25/2016

Mondays 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Thursdays 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 06/20/2016

Mondays 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Thursdays 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Group Classes for the session beginning 06/20/2016

Blues Fingerstyle 2 with Chris Walz
$168 ($159 members)
for 7 weeks
06/20/2016 – 08/08/2016Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Blues Fingerstyle 3 with Chris Walz
Session 4: The Blues Of Robert Johnson
$168 ($159 members)
for 7 weeks
06/20/2016 – 08/08/2016Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Flatpicking 2 - Technique with Chris Walz
Melodies. Focus the rhythm techniques learned in Flatpicking 1 into a solid foundation for single note playing. The pick hand mechanics are the same, but instead of playing all six strings you play one at a time. Emphasis will be on down-up pick strokes, tone, and timing. Worksheets and fiddle tunes will be the materials used to build your skills. Tunes tabbed out will be provided.
$192 ($182 members)
for 8 weeks
06/21/2016 – 08/09/2016Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Flatpicking 3 - Repertoire with Chris Walz
Session 4: CROSSPICKING
$192 ($182 members)
for 8 weeks
06/21/2016 – 08/09/2016Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Beyond Guitar 3 with Chris Walz
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.
$192 ($182 members)
for 8 weeks
06/22/2016 – 08/10/2016Wednesdays · 6:00 PM – 7:20 PM909 W Armitage AveREGISTER NOW
Bluegrass Banjo 2 with Chris Walz
$192 ($182 members)
for 8 weeks
06/23/2016 – 08/11/2016Thursdays · 5:30 PM – 6:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Bluegrass Banjo 3 with Chris Walz
$192 ($182 members)
for 8 weeks
06/23/2016 – 08/11/2016Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Bluegrass Banjo 2 Repertoire with Chris Walz
$192 ($182 members)
for 8 weeks
06/23/2016 – 08/11/2016Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

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