Country & Traditional Guitar Styles

From Fingerpicking to Flatpicking, Blues to Bluegrass, we have a class to suit your need to grow musically.

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

Donna is taking the Summer Session off. She'll return Session 5 which kicks off after Labor Day.

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

Acoustic Slide Guitar 2

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

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

Continue to add emotion and feel to your slide guitar playing

Introduction to Fingerpicking

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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Fingerpicking 1 Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday or Saturday with Randy Morris

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

Your fingers can be trained to be an orchestra - a band in the hand.

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday with Randy Morris

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

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Early Country Guitar 1

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)

Early Country Guitar 2

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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

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

Get a grip on your pick and work your rhythm chops.

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

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

Let's get melodic

Flatpicking 3 - Repertoire

Advanced

Tuesday with Chris Walz

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

Let's develop soloing skills over classic repertoire.

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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

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

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

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Intermediate

Monday with Chris Walz

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

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues

Advanced

Monday with Chris Walz

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

Session 3 will be the 1930's Country Blues in the Depression.

Greenwich Village Voices

Intermediate

Monday or Sunday with Ed Holstein

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

Study an iconic era of folk music with our own folk icon.

Country Guitar Old & New

Intermediate

Wednesday with Aaron Smith

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

Four Fundamental Fingerpicking Patterns

BeginnerNew!

Saturday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $101 ($96 members)

Guitar Study Hall

Open to All

Monday or Wednesday with Steve Levitt

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

A free Q & A with one of the school's renown guitar gurus. COME BY AND WE'LL HELP PLACE YOU IN THE PROGRAM

How to Strum (Nearly) Anything

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Michael O'Toole

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $101 ($96 members)

Learn the basics of rhythm and tempo applied to your strumming instrument

Strumming While Singing

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Michael O'Toole

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $101 ($96 members)

The principles taught in this class can be applied to any style

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$288 for 30 minutes ($278 for members)

$416 for 45 minutes ($401 for members)

$536 for 60 minutes ($516 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 04/30/2018 – 06/24/2018

Monday 03/26/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 04/09/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 04/11/18: Open registration

8-week lessons: 06/25/2018 – 08/19/2018

Monday 05/21/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 06/04/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/06/18: Open registration


Teachers

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Louis Bardales »
Guitar

Matt Brown »
Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar

Lisa Joy DeRosia »
Wiggleworms Program, Guitar, Piano

Geoff Dolce »
Violin, Fiddle, Guitar, Ukulele

Steve Doyle »
Dobro, Guitar, Lap Steel

Jonas Friddle »
Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Ensembles, Band Coaching

Ed Holstein »
Guitar, Banjo

Shelley Miller »
Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele, Wiggleworms Program

Elaine Moore »
Guitar, Voice

Michael O'Toole »
Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele

Jacob Sweet »
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Rebecca Toon »
Voice, Guitar

Chris Walz »
Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin