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

BeginnerNew!

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: Online

Dylan Songbag with Jimmy Tomasello

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Friday with Jimmy Tomasello

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

Location: Online

Jazz Improv: 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: Online

Rock & Soul Revue! Ensemble

Intermediate

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

Rolling Stones Songbag

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Saturday with John Mead

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

Location: Online

Stax Songbag

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Saturday with John Mead

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

Location: Online

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

Advanced

There are no classes scheduled right now. Please check back.

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

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

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

Monday with Chris Walz

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

Location: Online

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

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.

Location: Online

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.

Location: Online

West Side Chicago Blues Style

Intermediate

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

Lead Guitar Soloing Basics

Intermediate

Monday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Location: Online

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, Wednesday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Beginner

Thursday with Paul Kaye

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

Build a solid foundation

Location: Online

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

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)

Continuing Slide & Fingerstyle

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)

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)

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  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Peter Green Electric Blues Style

Intermediate

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

Blues Workshop Series with Donna Herula

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Sunday with Donna Herula

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Location: Online

Classic Rock & Motown for Fingerstyle Guitar

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Michael Miles

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

Dial in your requests!

Location: Online

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

Introduction to Fingerstyle Instrumentals

IntermediateNew!

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

Led Zeppelin Guitar Styles

IntermediateNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $155 ($135 members)

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

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

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Robert Johnson: A Man for all Keys

IntermediateNew!

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

Rolling Stones Guitar Styles

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $210 ($190 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: Online

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: Online

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: Online

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 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Bass Guitar 4

Advanced

Wednesday with Harlan Terson

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

Round out your study with bass line construction in jazz, pop, latin and other genres.

Location: Online

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/Blues Harmonica 1

Beginner

Wednesday or Friday with Skip Landt

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

Learn the basic skills used in blues, gospel, folk, country, and more!

Location: Online

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

Harmonica Forever

Intermediate

Thursday or 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.

Location: Online

Chicago Blues Harp 3

Intermediate

Monday with Joe Filisko

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

Location: Online

Blues Harmonica Performance

Advanced

Monday with Joe Filisko

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

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

Location: Online

Harmonica Rhythm & Chording

Advanced

Monday with Joe Filisko

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

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

Location: Online

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.

Location: Online

Full Bends Harmonica Exercise Camp

Intermediate

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

Folk/Blues Harmonica 2: Repertoire

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

Blues on the Mandolin

Intermediate

Monday with Paul Kaye

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

Location: Online

Blues on the Mandolin Repertoire

IntermediateNew!

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

Mandolin Workshop: The Versatile Accompanist

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Sunday with Colby Maddox

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

Location: Online