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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)

Introduction to 4-String Banjo

Beginner

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

Saturday with Harlan Terson

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

Get your blues playing down with one of the mainstays of the Chicago Blues scene.

Location: Online

Walking Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $169 ($149 members)

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Blues Band - Live!

Intermediate

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

History of Rock Ensemble

Intermediate

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

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

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

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: Online

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

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

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

Tuesday or 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 or 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

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.

Location: Online

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

Location: Online

Electric Slide Guitar

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

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

We'll cover old school and new school.

Location: Online

Fingerpicking Classic Chicago Blues

Intermediate

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

Fingerpicking Guitar - Beyond Basic Picking Patterns

Intermediate

Saturday with Randy Morris

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fundamental Fingerpicking Accompaniment

Intermediate

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

Instrumental Freddie King: Hideaway and All The Rest!

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

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

Location: Online

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 or Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

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

Thursday or Sunday with Charles Kim or 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 or Online

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

Learn Classic Soul Bass Lines

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Harmonica Forever

Intermediate

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

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

Country/Blues/Folk Harmonica 2

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 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)