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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.

Banjo 3

Intermediate

Monday with Joshua Guy

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Blues Bass Techniques & Forms

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Walking Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Allman Brothers Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Brothers and Sisters are all welcome to journey to the Idlewild South, the Fillmore East and beyond

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Beginner's Blues Band - Live!

Beginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $284 ($264 members)

Blues Band - Live!

Intermediate

Wednesday with Lenny Marsh, Steve Doyle or Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $284 ($264 members)

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Doobie Bros Ensemble

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Jazz Improv Fundamentals: Listening and Playing

Intermediate

Thursday with Michael Nearpass

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Monday Night Special

Intermediate

Monday with Mark Mitchell

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $264 ($244 members)

Let it Shine on you

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Soul Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Alton Smith or Bill Brickey

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $264 ($244 members)

Join one of the longest running ensembles celebrating this American music form

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

The Eric Clapton Ensemble

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Unsung Heroes of Rock & Roll Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

The Soul of Rhythm & Blues

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 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  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Blues Fingerstyle 2: The Slide

Intermediate

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 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: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues

Advanced

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Lead Guitar: Soloing for Beginners

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

The 3 Kings

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

Wednesday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 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  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Blues and Ragtime Guitar Workshop with Mary Flower

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

How to Play Rhythm on Guitar

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Rock Guitar

Intermediate

Wednesday with Camille McClellan

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Intro to Walking Bass

Beginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Jimi Hendrix 101

IntermediateNew!

Monday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

BB King: The King of the Blues

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

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

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 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

Intermediate

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Learn some of the master's tricks and licks.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Foundations of Rock and Blues Guitar

Beginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Slide Guitar 1 Repertoire

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Slide Guitar 2

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Bass Guitar 3

Intermediate

Sunday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Bass Guitar 1

Beginner

Monday, Thursday or Sunday with Harlan Terson or Xadie James

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

4 strings that hold everything together.

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

Bass Guitar 2

Beginner

Monday or Sunday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Bass is the glue of ensemble music.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Classic Soul Bass Lines

Intermediate

Saturday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

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

Location: Online

Blues Bass Repertoire

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Harmonica Forever

Intermediate

Thursday with Skip Landt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Online

Folk/Country/Blues Harmonica 1

Beginner

Saturday with Skip Landt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

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

Location: Online

Chicago Blues Harp 1

Beginner

Thursday with David Kachalon

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Chicago Blues Harp 2

Intermediate

Thursday with David Kachalon

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Chicago Blues Harp 3

Intermediate

Monday with Joe Filisko

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 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  ·  $248 ($228 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  ·  $248 ($228 members)

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

Location: Online