Blues Classes

We're here in Chicago the blues capitol of the world. We can serve it up in many many forms: Acoustic, Electric, Traditional, Modern, and with a little jazzy flavor.

Black Banjo Repertoire: African and Post-African Tunes, Their Context, and How to Play Them

WorkshopOpen to All

Saturday with Sule Greg Wilson

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Blues Bass Techniques & Forms

Intermediate

Many of our Bass classes rotate through 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.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Walking Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($132 members)

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Fleetwood Mac Ensemble

Intermediate

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80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Blues Band - Live!

Intermediate

Wednesday or Saturday with Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $232 ($212 members)

Form a blues band, rehearse, and perform in an authentic blues club.

Brass Class: Mardi Gras Music

Intermediate

Wednesday with Evan Jacobson or Anna Jacobson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $154 ($144 members)

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Cream Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Bob Goins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

White Room, Crossroads I'm So Glad and all the hits

Beginning Jazz Lab

Intermediate

Thursday with Michael Nearpass

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($132 members)

This is the class to build your chops in.

Jazz Improv 2

Intermediate

Thursday with Michael Nearpass

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Let's dig deep into this true American music form.

Monday Night Special

Intermediate

Monday with Mark Mitchell or Peggy Browning

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Let it Shine on you

R&B Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Immerse yourself into the work of an artist or musical movement.

Rolling Stones Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

You'll find sometimes you'll get what you need.

Soul Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Alton Smith or Bill Brickey

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

Join one of the longest running ensembles celebrating this American music form.

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

Advanced

Saturday with Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

The one and only legendary folk icon, Ed Holstein holds court for acoustic guitarists.

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Learn lead and comping techniques of the major players of the Chicago blues style.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Skills

Intermediate

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Expand techniques and your personal riff artillery within the framework of songs and progressions in the blues/rock idiom.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Advanced

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

An ongoing class which develops repertoire in the blues/rock genre.

Lead Guitar Basics

Intermediate

Saturday with Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

Monday or Friday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Focus on one of the most essential elements of playing guitar and music itself.

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Add a new dimension to your acoustic guitar playing

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1 Repertoire

IntermediateNew!

Sunday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Acoustic Slide Guitar 2

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Continue to add emotion and feel to your slide guitar playing

Blues Guitar Basics 1

Beginner

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation through 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.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Blues Guitar Basics 2

Intermediate

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Begin to improvise and learn more unique forms of the blues style.

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

Wednesday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Continue working on the music of great traditional blues artists.

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Beginner

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

You'll get a taste of the Blues with Blind Boy Fuller, Tommy Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and others.

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Intermediate

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

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: Decades of Acoustic Blues

Advanced

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Explore different aspects of Acoustic Blues a different decade each session.

B.B. King Guitar Styles

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

The thrill is far from gone. Let's dive into the master's method.

Electric Slide Guitar

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

We'll cover old school and new school.

Blues Progressions and Soloing with Jim Kahr

WorkshopIntermediate

Sunday with Jim Kahr

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Get a solid handle on this universal music form from a seasoned veteran.

Fingerpicking The Holidays

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Paul Kaye

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Santa would love it if you play him a few classic numbers on your guitar.

Guitar Study Hall

Open to All

Monday or Wednesday with Steve Levitt

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

A free Q & A with one of the school's renown guitar gurus. COME BY AND WE'LL HELP PLACE YOU IN THE PROGRAM

Slidin' the Blues with Jim Kahr

WorkshopIntermediate

Sunday with Jim Kahr

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Chicago Blues icon Jim Kahr returns to teach about Slidin' the Blues! t

Understanding the Minor Pentatonic Scale

WorkshopIntermediate

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

like it's older younger brother only five notes with endless expression

Willie Dixon Songbook for Blues Guitar

IntermediateNew!

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Gonna romp and tromp 'till midnite We're gonna fuss and fight 'till daylight
We're gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long

Crash Bass for Guitarists

Beginner

Monday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

A course designed for those who already play another stringed instrument.

Bass Guitar 2

Beginner

Sunday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Bass is the glue of ensemble music.

Bass Guitar 3

Intermediate

Sunday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Begin to apply general music theory and expand your techniques and vocabulary.

Bass Guitar 1

Beginner

Sunday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

4 strings that hold everything together.

Crash Bass 2 Expanding Your Toolkit

Intermediate

Many of our Bass classes rotate through 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.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Chicago Blues Harp 1

Beginner

Monday or Tuesday with Mario Rabaza or Zoe Savage

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($132 members)

Whether you're just interested in learning the basics or aspire to play at the highest level, here's where you start.

Chicago Blues Harp 2

Intermediate

Monday or Tuesday with Mario Rabaza or Zoe Savage

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($132 members)

Now that you have the fundamentals in order, build your repertoire of solos in level 2.

Harmonica Forever

Intermediate

Friday with Skip Landt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Students in Harmonica Forever include those who have played for years along with newer players who want to keep developing skills.

Chicago Blues Harp 3

Intermediate

Monday with Joe Filisko

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

Now that you can play some 12-bar blues, explore the elusive techniques of the masters to expand your sound and fatten up your tone.

Blues Harmonica Performance

Advanced

Monday with Joe Filisko or Grant Kessler

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

Examine the rich legacy of recordings left by the great Blues Harp masters.

Harmonica Rhythm & Chording

Advanced

Monday with Joe Filisko

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Learn authentic harmonica train imitations, fox chases, and accompaniment for blues and folk music.

Extended Play: Harmonica

Intermediate

Thursday with Skip Landt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)