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.

Robben Ford Livestream Clinic: Breaking Out of the Pentatonic Box

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Thursday with Staff

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

Don't miss this opportunity to experience a world renown musician and educator.

Black Banjo Workshops with Súle Greg Wilson

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($25 members)

Blues and Bluegrass for Clawhammer Banjo

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Michael Miles

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($79 members)

Old Time Blues for Old Time Banjo

IntermediateNew!

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

Black on Black Music

IntermediateNew!

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

Jazz Blues Improvisation for All Instruments

IntermediateNew!

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

Beginning Jazz Lab

Intermediate

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

Jazz Improv 2

Intermediate

Thursday with Michael Nearpass

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $210 ($190 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  ·  $216 ($196 members)

Let it Shine on you

Soul Ensemble in the Cloud

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)

Peter Green Electric Blues Style

IntermediateNew!

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

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Hutchins

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

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

Lead Guitar Soloing Basics

Intermediate

Friday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

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)

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

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

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

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

Wednesday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

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 Repertoire

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

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

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

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.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

IntermediateNew!

Thursday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

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

Acoustic Stones Songbook

Intermediate

Tuesday with John Mead

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

From London thru the known Universe get your rocks off.

Blues Guitar Workshop with Corey Harris

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $40 ($35 members)

Brothers Vaughan Guitar Styles

Advanced

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

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

Let's head to Texas and examine the differences and similarities of these great blues brothers.

Crashing CAGED Guitar in 4 Weeks

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Chris Corsale

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

This is lot simpler than it sounds and it works for any genre of music.

Fingerpicking Classic Chicago Blues

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 3 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

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

IntermediateNew!

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

Acoustic Phish Songbook

IntermediateNew!

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

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.

Bass Guitar 3

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)

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.

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.

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)

Harmonica Forever

Intermediate

Friday with Skip Landt

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

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  ·  $222 ($202 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  ·  $222 ($202 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: 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.

Post-African Sing and Play Along Workshops with Súle Greg Wilson

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Staff

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($25 members)

Guitar Arranging and Singing with Happy Traum

WorkshopIntermediate

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!