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.

Acoustic CCR

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Big Bill Broonzy's Hey Hey for Clawhammer Banjo with Michael J. Miles

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Michael Miles

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($20 members)

Walking Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $140 ($120 members)

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Cajun Homecoming

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Chris Walz, Zoe Savage, Michael O'Toole or Brandi Berry Benson

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($20 members)

Continuing Jazz Blues Improvisation for All

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Jazz Blues Improvisation for All Instruments

IntermediateNew!

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

Beginning Jazz Lab

Intermediate

Thursday with Michael Nearpass

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $140 ($120 members)

This is the class to build your chops in.

Jazz Improv 2

Intermediate

Thursday with Michael Nearpass

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 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 7 weeks  ·  $189 ($169 members)

Let it Shine on you

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

Advanced

Saturday with Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

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

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 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Skills

Intermediate

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 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 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

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

Lead Guitar Soloing Basics

Intermediate

Saturday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

Monday or Sunday with Dan Fulkerson or Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

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

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Continuing Slide & Fingerstyle

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Beginner

Thursday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Build a solid foundation

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Continue working on the music of great traditional blues artists.

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Beginner

This class alternates every session with Blues Fingerstyle 2. Mark your calendar and be sure to sign up next session.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Intermediate

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 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 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

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

T-Bone Blues

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 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

IntermediateNew!

Thursday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Let's take this a little bit further on down the road

Crashing CAGED Guitar in 4 Weeks

IntermediateNew!

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

Dylan Songbag; The Travel Edition-Places on the Planet

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with Jimmy Tomasello

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($15 members)

A monthly online thematic celebration of the Bard's oeuvre.

Fingerpicking Classic Chicago Blues

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Paul Kaye

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

Learn to do like the old masters

Mississippi John Hurt: It's All In The Thumb and then some

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Chris Walz

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

Approach fingerpicking online with music from a true master of the form.

One Song One Night: Can't You Hear Me Knocking

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with John Mead

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

Learn a masterpiece from the “Sticky Fingers” album

Phish Songbook

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Picking and Strumming Level 1

BeginnerNew!

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

Roots of Zeppelin- Plagiarism!

IntermediateNew!

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

Sherpa's Summer Songbag

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Monday with Steve Levitt

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $15 ($14 members)

In the summertime when the weather is fine.

Bass Guitar 2

Beginner

Sunday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Bass is the glue of ensemble music.

Bass Guitar 3

Intermediate

Sunday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 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 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

4 strings that hold everything together.

Learn Classic Soul Bass Lines

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 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Chicago Blues Harp 1

Beginner

Tuesday with Zoe Savage

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $140 ($120 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

Tuesday with Zoe Savage

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $140 ($120 members)

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

Harmonica Forever

Intermediate

Thursday with Skip Landt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 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 7 weeks  ·  $195 ($175 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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 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 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 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 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Join along to improve your playing more and more.

Guitar Arranging and Singing with Happy Traum

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $45 ($40 members)

Join the legendary guitarist and educator make the most of what you've got to arrange simple song to make them interesting and compelling!