Teachers at the Old Town School

John Mead

Guitar

I have played both acoustic and electric guitar for over thirty years; I taught myself by sitting in front of a record player with Stones and Dylan albums when I was a teenager. I am familiar with most styles of American vernacular music, including country, folk, and blues, but I gravitate toward rock & roll, rhythm & blues, and soul music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. I've taught guitar for ten years. I'm good at helping guitarists understand, and be less intimidated by, the fretboard; I can help you understand as much chord theory as you need to know; I can help you erase the false barrier between rhythm and lead guitar; and I can show you lots of cool licks. I've taught core guitar classes, the Dylan and Stones ensembles, the Bruce Springsteen, CCR, and other ensembles; I've also run workshops on soul guitar, playing with bands, and basic rock and soul guitar vocabulary and song structure. I've performed in Chicago as a solo artist as well as with Mystery Train and BLT, and also played with a Bloomington, Indiana, R&B band, Snake Doctor, where I shared the stage with the late Scot Halpin, the guy who sat in on drums with the Who at the Cow Palace in '73. I am a literature and writing teacher and a visual artist as well.

Started at the Old Town School in September of 2008


Group Classes for the session beginning 10/30/2017

R&B Ensemble with John Mead
$200 ($190 members)
for 8 weeks
11/01/2017 – 12/20/2017Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

Group Classes for the session beginning 01/08/2018

R&B Ensemble with John Mead
$206 ($196 members)
for 8 weeks
01/10/2018 – 02/28/2018Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
‘80s Alternative Ensemble with John Mead
$206 ($196 members)
for 8 weeks
01/11/2018 – 03/01/2018Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Tom Petty Ensemble with John Mead
$206 ($196 members)
for 8 weeks
01/11/2018 – 03/01/2018Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

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