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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.

Acoustic Prince Songbook

Intermediate

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

Clawhammer Banjo Blues

Intermediate

Monday with Michael Miles

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

This class 4 week class will look at technique, rhythms, tunings, chords and repertoire.For intermediate players.

Location: Online

Crash Bass for Guitarists

Beginner

Saturday with Harlan Terson

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

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

Location: Online

Blues Bass Techniques & Forms

Intermediate

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

Walking Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

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

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fleetwood Mac Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with John Mead

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

Learn, study and perform the music of everyone's favorite band of divorcees.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Blues Band - Live!

Intermediate

Wednesday with Lenny Marsh or Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $240 ($220 members)

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

History of Rock Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with John Mead

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Jazz Improv Fundamentals: Listening and Playing

Intermediate

Thursday with Michael Nearpass

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Monday Night Special

Intermediate

Monday with Mark Mitchell

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

Let it Shine on you

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Soul Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with 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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

VELVET UNDERGROUND ENSEMBLE

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with John Mead

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

‘50s COUNTRY SONGS

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with John Mead

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($18 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guitar 4Ever with Holstein

Advanced

Saturday with Ed Holstein

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

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

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 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

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

Lead Guitar Soloing Basics

Intermediate

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

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1 Repertoire

Intermediate

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

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Location: Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Beginner

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

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Intermediate

Thursday with Paul Kaye

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

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

Location: Online

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.

Location: Online

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

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

Continuing Slide & Fingerstyle

Intermediate

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

Electric Slide Guitar

Intermediate

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

Brothers Vaughan Guitar Styles

Advanced

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)

EASY OPEN TUNINGS—Acoustic Stones & Zeppelin

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with John Mead

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($18 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fingerpicking Classic Chicago Blues

Intermediate

Wednesday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Learn to do like the old masters

Location: Online

Fingerpicking Guitar - Beyond Basic Picking Patterns

Intermediate

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

Instrumental Freddie King: Hideaway and All The Rest!

Intermediate

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

BB King: The King of the 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 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

MAPPING THE GUITAR NECK—MAJOR & MINOR 7 CHORDS

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with John Mead

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($18 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Acoustic Phish Songbook

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Dan Fulkerson

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

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

Location: Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

The Blues Head: Classic Blues Guitar Instrumentals

IntermediateNew!

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  ·  $214 ($194 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  ·  $214 ($194 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  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Bass is the glue of ensemble music.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Classic Soul Bass Lines

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

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

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

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)

Harmonica Forever

Intermediate

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

Chicago Blues Harp 1

Beginner

Tuesday with Zoe Savage

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

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

Location: Online

Chicago Blues Harp 2

Intermediate

Tuesday with Zoe Savage

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

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

Location: Online

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 Krista Ortgiesen 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

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

Folk/Country/Blues Harmonica 2

Intermediate

Wednesday with Skip Landt

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

Students will play songs in the first three "positions" and will learn/develop note-bending skills.

Location: Online

Harmonica Note-Bending

IntermediateNew!

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)