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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.

Introduction to 4-String Banjo

Beginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Old Time Blues for Old Time Banjo

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Crash Bass for Guitarists

Beginner

Saturday with Harlan Terson

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

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

Location: Online

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  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Walking Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Acoustic Zeppelin Songbook

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Bandleading 101 with Steve Hashimoto

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Saturday with Staff

150 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($30 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Blues Band - Live!

Intermediate

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  ·  $240 ($220 members)

History of Rock Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Jazz Improv Fundamentals: Listening and Playing

Intermediate

Thursday with Michael Nearpass

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Monday Night Special

Intermediate

Monday with Mark Mitchell or Peggy Browning

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $216 ($196 members)

Let it Shine on you

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Soul Ensemble

Intermediate

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  ·  $222 ($202 members)

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

Advanced

Saturday with Ed Holstein

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

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Intermediate

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  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Beginner

Monday with Chris Walz

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

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

Location: Online

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Intermediate

This class alternates every session with Blues Fingerstyle 1. Mark your calendar and be sure to sign up next session.

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

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues

Advanced

Monday with Chris Walz

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

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

Location: Online

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Skills

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru 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  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Advanced

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru 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  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Lead Guitar Soloing Basics

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru 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  ·  $214 ($194 members)

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  ·  $206 ($186 members)

3 Kings of the Blues Instrumentals

Intermediate

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  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

Tuesday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Location: Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave or Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Beginner

This class alternates every other session with level 2. If you would like to discuss options, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Intermediate

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

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire

Intermediate

This class alternates every other session with level 1. If you would like to discuss options, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

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

Add a new dimension to your acoustic guitar playing

Location: Online

Continuing Slide & Fingerstyle

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

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

Continue to add emotion and feel to your slide guitar playing

Location: Online

Electric Slide Guitar

Intermediate

Donna will be promoting her new CD “Bang At The Door” this summer and will be returning to teach this class in session 5.
She is offering a series of workshops.

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

Fingerpicking Classic Chicago Blues

Intermediate

Wednesday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Learn to do like the old masters

Location: Online

Fingerpicking Guitar - Beyond Basic Picking Patterns

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fundamental Fingerpicking Accompaniment

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Randy Morris

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Location: Online

Instrumental Freddie King: Hideaway and All The Rest!

IntermediateNew!

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

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru 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  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Bass Guitar 3

Intermediate

Sunday with Harlan Terson

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

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Bass Guitar 1

Beginner

Sunday with Harlan Terson

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

4 strings that hold everything together.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Bass Guitar 2

Beginner

Sunday with Harlan Terson

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

Bass is the glue of ensemble music.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Learn Classic Soul Bass Lines

Intermediate

Saturday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Get up for the down stroke. Learn to work your four strings to keep folks on the dance floor.

Location: Online

Bass Guitar 4

Advanced

This class is offered in rotation thru 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  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Blues Bass Repertoire

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  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Folk/Country/Blues Harmonica 1

Beginner

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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

Chicago Blues Harp 1

Beginner

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

Chicago Blues Harp 2

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

Folk/Country/Blues Harmonica Forever

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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

Chicago Blues Harp 3

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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

Blues Harmonica Performance

Advanced

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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

Harmonica Rhythm & Chording

Advanced

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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

Extended Play:Folk/Country/Blues Harmonica

Intermediate

Thursday with Skip Landt

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

Join along to improve your playing more and more.

Location: Online

Folk/Blues Harmonica 2: Repertoire

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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

Blues on the Mandolin

Intermediate

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

Blues on the Mandolin Repertoire

Intermediate

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