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Specialty & Technique Guitar Classes

Go beyond the basics and learn the nuts and bolts of music.

If you can already play guitar, now it's time to get into the groove. With the guidance of our expert teaching artists, expand your skills and repertoire to open the wide world of guitar beyond the basics.

For intermediate players and beyond, open to students who have completed the Guitar 2 level and above. (If you're not sure where your skills fit in, visit our placement quiz.)

We suggest all guitar students consider starting with Guitar Fingerboard Theory, if you want to work on lead guitar or eventually write your own songs. It's a great primer into a wider world of musicianship.

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Garageband Basics for Guitarists with Bill Brickey

$99 ($89 members)

06/03/2020 – 06/24/2020 (4 meetings)

Wednesdays · 5:00 PM – 6:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Collaboration is the name of the game for modern DIY musicians. You not only have to learn to play your instruments well, keep the cover songs fresh, and write new songs, you want to be able to work with a variety of musicians no matter where they are. Enter the age of digitalization, the audio interface and the DAW. What we used to refer to as home recording has now become a fairly standard part of workflow for musicians in all walks of life. And are you ready for it? This introductory class teaches you how to set up Garage Band with basic Audio Interfaces, record a simple track and trade tracks with other musicians here at home and around the world. Learn how to perform simple overdubs, edits, and fades.

Extended Play: Mary Peterson with Mary Peterson

$180 ($158 members)

05/04/2020 – 06/22/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

The Extended Play class serves a group of students who have gathered together around a particular teacher to continue study of the guitar. Each section is specific to that teacher. New comers are of course always welcome. It is suggested that they possess skills of Guitar 3 rep proficiency.

Extended Play: Chris Winters with Chris Winters

$206 ($181 members)

05/05/2020 – 06/23/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The Extended Play class serves a group of students who have gathered together around a particular teacher to continue study of the guitar. Each section is specific to that teacher. New comers are of course always welcome. It is suggested that they possess skills of Guitar 3 rep proficiency.

Extended Play: Mary Peterson with Mary Peterson

$206 ($181 members)

05/07/2020 – 06/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 5:30 PM – 6:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The Extended Play class serves a group of students who have gathered together around a particular teacher to continue study of the guitar. Each section is specific to that teacher. New comers are of course always welcome. It is suggested that they possess skills of Guitar 3 rep proficiency.

Extended Play: Elaine Moore with Elaine Moore

$206 ($181 members)

05/08/2020 – 06/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The Extended Play class serves a group of students who have gathered together around a particular teacher to continue study of the guitar. Each section is specific to that teacher. New comers are of course always welcome. It is suggested that they possess skills of Guitar 3 rep proficiency.

Extended Play: Louis Bardales with Louis Bardales

$206 ($181 members)

05/09/2020 – 06/27/2020 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The Extended Play class serves a group of students who have gathered together around a particular teacher to continue study of the guitar. Each section is specific to that teacher. New comers are of course always welcome. It is suggested that they possess skills of Guitar 3 rep proficiency.

Extended Play: Jim DeWan with Jim DeWan

$180 ($158 members)

05/04/2020 – 06/22/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The Extended Play class serves a group of students who have gathered together around a particular teacher to continue study of the guitar. Each section is specific to that teacher. New comers are of course always welcome. It is suggested that they possess skills of Guitar 3 rep proficiency.

Extended Play: Cathy Norden with Cathy Norden

$206 ($181 members)

05/05/2020 – 06/23/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The Extended Play class serves a group of students who have gathered together around a particular teacher to continue study of the guitar. Each section is specific to that teacher. New comers are of course always welcome. It is suggested that they possess skills of Guitar 3 rep proficiency.

Extended Play: Mary Peterson with Mary Peterson

$206 ($181 members)

05/06/2020 – 06/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

The Extended Play class serves a group of students who have gathered together around a particular teacher to continue study of the guitar. Each section is specific to that teacher. New comers are of course always welcome. It is suggested that they possess skills of Guitar 3 rep proficiency.

Extended Play: Steve Dawson with Steve Dawson

$206 ($181 members)

05/07/2020 – 06/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The Extended Play class serves a group of students who have gathered together around a particular teacher to continue study of the guitar. Each section is specific to that teacher. New comers are of course always welcome. It is suggested that they possess skills of Guitar 3 rep proficiency.

Extended Play: Steve Dawson with Steve Dawson

$206 ($181 members)

05/10/2020 – 06/28/2020 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The Extended Play class serves a group of students who have gathered together around a particular teacher to continue study of the guitar. Each section is specific to that teacher. New comers are of course always welcome. It is suggested that they possess skills of Guitar 3 rep proficiency.

Extended Play: Deanna Devore with Deanna Devore

$206 ($186 members)

05/06/2020 – 06/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:00 PM – 7:20 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

The Extended Play class serves a group of students who have gathered together around a particular teacher to continue study of the guitar. Each section is specific to that teacher. New comers are of course always welcome. It is suggested that they possess skills of Guitar 3 rep proficiency.

Beyond Guitar 3 with Dan Fulkerson

$180 ($158 members)

05/04/2020 – 06/22/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

An ongoing special class for those who want to continue guitar studies at our Armitage location or our morning classes at Lincoln Square. Embrace new chords and accompaniment styles as you augment your skill level and take your playing beyond. Build dexterity with basic fingerpicking and flatpicking. Develop techniques for memorization and adding dynamics to song arrangements. Find your own sound and expand comfort with your instrument. We urge folks to repeat Beyond 3 as much as they deem it rewarding. The materials covered are always changing.

Beyond Guitar 3 with Deanna Devore

$206 ($181 members)

05/05/2020 – 06/23/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

An ongoing special class for those who want to continue guitar studies at our Armitage location or our morning classes at Lincoln Square. Embrace new chords and accompaniment styles as you augment your skill level and take your playing beyond. Build dexterity with basic fingerpicking and flatpicking. Develop techniques for memorization and adding dynamics to song arrangements. Find your own sound and expand comfort with your instrument. We urge folks to repeat Beyond 3 as much as they deem it rewarding. The materials covered are always changing.

Beyond Guitar 3 with Linda Smith

$206 ($181 members)

05/06/2020 – 06/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:00 PM – 7:20 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

An ongoing special class for those who want to continue guitar studies at our Armitage location or our morning classes at Lincoln Square. Embrace new chords and accompaniment styles as you augment your skill level and take your playing beyond. Build dexterity with basic fingerpicking and flatpicking. Develop techniques for memorization and adding dynamics to song arrangements. Find your own sound and expand comfort with your instrument. We urge folks to repeat Beyond 3 as much as they deem it rewarding. The materials covered are always changing.

Beyond Guitar 3 with Linda Smith

$206 ($181 members)

05/06/2020 – 06/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

An ongoing special class for those who want to continue guitar studies at our Armitage location or our morning classes at Lincoln Square. Embrace new chords and accompaniment styles as you augment your skill level and take your playing beyond. Build dexterity with basic fingerpicking and flatpicking. Develop techniques for memorization and adding dynamics to song arrangements. Find your own sound and expand comfort with your instrument. We urge folks to repeat Beyond 3 as much as they deem it rewarding. The materials covered are always changing.

Beyond Guitar 3 with Mary Peterson

$206 ($181 members)

05/10/2020 – 06/28/2020 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

An ongoing special class for those who want to continue guitar studies at our Armitage location or our morning classes at Lincoln Square. Embrace new chords and accompaniment styles as you augment your skill level and take your playing beyond. Build dexterity with basic fingerpicking and flatpicking. Develop techniques for memorization and adding dynamics to song arrangements. Find your own sound and expand comfort with your instrument. We urge folks to repeat Beyond 3 as much as they deem it rewarding. The materials covered are always changing.

Guitar Fingerboard Theory with Dan Fulkerson

$206 ($181 members)

05/08/2020 – 06/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Approach music theory from a guitarist’s perspective. Examine intervals, chord and scale construction, inversions, and progressions in the context of traditional and pop genres. It is highly recommended that all students of the guitar make it a point to enroll at some point in their musical journey. Leave this class with enough material to keep you busy for years. Whether you want to write your own songs, become a hot lead guitarist or just increase your musical vocabulary and ability to jam and make music with others - this is the class for you!

Guitar Fingerboard Theory with Steve Levitt

$206 ($181 members)

05/06/2020 – 06/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Approach music theory from a guitarist’s perspective. Examine intervals, chord and scale construction, inversions, and progressions in the context of traditional and pop genres. It is highly recommended that all students of the guitar make it a point to enroll at some point in their musical journey. Leave this class with enough material to keep you busy for years. Whether you want to write your own songs, become a hot lead guitarist or just increase your musical vocabulary and ability to jam and make music with others - this is the class for you!

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Guitar Fingerboard Theory with Randy Morris

$206 ($181 members)

05/10/2020 – 06/28/2020 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Approach music theory from a guitarist’s perspective. Examine intervals, chord and scale construction, inversions, and progressions in the context of traditional and pop genres. It is highly recommended that all students of the guitar make it a point to enroll at some point in their musical journey. Leave this class with enough material to keep you busy for years. Whether you want to write your own songs, become a hot lead guitarist or just increase your musical vocabulary and ability to jam and make music with others - this is the class for you!

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Guitar and Vocal Studio with Lisa Joy DeRosia

$206 ($181 members)

05/05/2020 – 06/23/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

This is a special guitar class for people who love to sing and harmonize. We’ll work on 2 and 3 part harmonies in a wide variety of genres. Pop, classic, country and traditional tunes will all arranged for mixed voices and guitar. Students should have completed Guitar 2 rep or above and be comfortable with changing chords in open position and using a capo. All voices welcome, and please be prepared to use yours.

Guitar and Vocal Studio with Elaine Moore

$206 ($181 members)

05/06/2020 – 06/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

This is a special guitar class for people who love to sing and harmonize. We’ll work on 2 and 3 part harmonies in a wide variety of genres. Pop, classic, country and traditional tunes will all arranged for mixed voices and guitar. Students should have completed Guitar 2 rep or above and be comfortable with changing chords in open position and using a capo. All voices welcome, and please be prepared to use yours.

RPA Ensemble with Steve Dawson

$206 ($181 members)

05/07/2020 – 06/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

This group of Guitar 4ever students under the leadership of Steve Dawson explore a different musical theme every session. for instance: the color blue, songs about time, songs about weather etc. etc. Needless to say you’ll have a great time while improving your technique and building your songbag! There is long mystery behind the meaning of RPA... does it stand for really practice alot? or maybe relinquished performance anxiety? You will need to get on board or at least ask a long standing member in order to solve this one.... but wait, here’s one clue: the east wall of B4 on the west side.

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar with Steve Hutchins

$180 ($158 members)

05/04/2020 – 06/22/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

It was folk-blues legend, Big Bill Broonzy who helped get urban electric blues heard around the world. Learn lead and comping techniques of the major players of the Chicago blues style. Muddy & Buddy, Son & Lonnie, Magic Sam, and Otis Rush. South side and West side techniques will be explored.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar 1 Skills with Chris Winters

$206 ($181 members)

05/10/2020 – 06/28/2020 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 1:30 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Learn the riffs and techniques that will make your electric guitar playing soar to new heights. From roots players like B.B. King, Albert King, and Chuck Berry to guitar gods like Hendrix, Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn, this class will provide a solid foundation in this genre. It’s not just old school material. Spend some time with the stylings of some contemporaries.

Lead Guitar Basics with Charles Kim

$206 ($181 members)

05/09/2020 – 06/27/2020 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Improvisation requires inspiration, technique, and a little theory. We’re going to break things down to the basic elements that will be easy to grasp. Understand the relationship between chords and scales and develop tasteful lead phrasing. Learn skills in this class that will allow you to shine in any group setting.

Rhythm Guitar with Dan Fulkerson

$180 ($158 members)

05/04/2020 – 06/22/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Work on your strumming/comping techniques in a variety of styles including bluegrass, jazz, reggae, rhythm & blues, and rock. Incorporate syncopation and develop the ability to play comfortably in odd time signatures. This is a great class to get your groove on and improve your ability to play with others!

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1 with Donna Herula

$206 ($181 members)

05/10/2020 – 06/28/2020 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Learn all you need to know to begin and advance your slide guitar playing. Topics covered include slide guitar technique, types of slides, guitar setup, playing clean notes, vibrato and right and left hand damping. The class will introduce the songs, styles and slide licks of traditional, folk, blues, roots and Americana songs. Bring a slide and an audio or video recorder.

Continuing Slide & Fingerstyle with Donna Herula

$206 ($181 members)

05/10/2020 – 06/28/2020 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Advance your acoustic slide guitar and fingerstyle technique by learning songs, licks and styles of traditional and contemporary Americana, Blues and Roots artists. Students will learn both solo fingerstyle and slide songs, but will also learn how to add color while accompanying another instrumentalist. Attention will be given to building skills in improvisation, soloing and more advanced techniques such as alternating thumb / Piedmont Picking. Students will play songs in standard, open G and open D tunings. Artists covered will vary by session.

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar with Michael Miles

$180 ($158 members)

05/04/2020 – 06/22/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

The glorious sounds of Lennon and McCartney, framed for solo fingerstyle guitar. Name your thumb and fingers John, Paul George and Ringo and take a magical musical tour. Upon registration send a song request to Michael. mmiles@oldtownschool.org

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire with Jacob Sweet

$180 ($158 members)

05/04/2020 – 06/22/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Ever dreamed of playing classical guitar but seemed daunted by the word "classical". Fear not, this class will introduce you to the basics of classical guitar through simple exercises and short pieces. Nylon string guitars and ability to read music ARE NOT REQUIRED. All songs will be presented in tab.

Fingerpicking Skills with Alvin McGovern

$206 ($181 members)

05/07/2020 – 06/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Use your fingers to bring out the rich harmony in the songs you play. Learn core patterns using thumb and two fingers that could be applied to many songs, both traditional and pop. Four standard picking patterns will be explored. As a comfort zone is reached, we will begin working on thumb independence.

Fingerpicking 1 Repertoire with Randy Morris

$180 ($158 members)

05/04/2020 – 06/22/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Use your fingers to bring out melody and harmony in your approach to playing guitar. This class will broaden your understanding and application of melody and chord theory as well as help you develop a rich repertoire in this style. . Learn to bring your ring finger into the mix. Styles and alternate tunings will be examined including, blues, traditional folk, Celtic, singer-songwriters, and classical music.

Fingerpicking 1 Repertoire with Randy Morris

$206 ($181 members)

05/09/2020 – 06/27/2020 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Use your fingers to bring out melody and harmony in your approach to playing guitar. This class will broaden your understanding and application of melody and chord theory as well as help you develop a rich repertoire in this style. . Learn to bring your ring finger into the mix. Styles and alternate tunings will be examined including, blues, traditional folk, Celtic, singer-songwriters, and classical music.

Fingerstyle Repertoire with Randy Morris

$206 ($181 members)

05/07/2020 – 06/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

In this class, we explore a wide repertoire of fingerstyle arrangements including popular songs, American Songbook, Motown, Blues, Showtunes and more. Students must have fingerpicking experience and be able to read tablature. 

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive with Dan Fulkerson

$206 ($181 members)

05/06/2020 – 06/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive is an ongoing class for those intermediate guitarists who have the desire to play electric. Our focus will be on advancing technique, rhythm, speed, and tonal control of the instrument. Songs will be presented and taught with consideration to enhancing and harnessing the techniques needed to make each song sound as much like the original as possible.

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive with Dan Fulkerson

$206 ($181 members)

05/07/2020 – 06/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive is an ongoing class for those intermediate guitarists who have the desire to play electric. Our focus will be on advancing technique, rhythm, speed, and tonal control of the instrument. Songs will be presented and taught with consideration to enhancing and harnessing the techniques needed to make each song sound as much like the original as possible.

Jazz Guitar 4Ever with Tony Do Rosario

$206 ($181 members)

05/06/2020 – 06/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

An ongoing class in the advanced study of Jazz for the guitarist. We will build repertoire, further develop improvisation skills and advance rhythmic variations. Participants should have gone thru Jazz Guitar 2 several times or should audition with the instructor tdorosario@oldtownschool.org

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm with Chris Walz

$206 ($181 members)

05/05/2020 – 06/23/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Bluegrass guitar depends on solid rhythm. This class will help you develop strong right hand rhythm techniques in bluegrass guitar. We will cover the correct pick grip, pick control, runs, and rhythm licks. Proper tone, use of the capo, and playing in different time signatures, keys, and tempos will also be covered.

Blues Fingerstyle 1 with Chris Walz

$180 ($158 members)

05/04/2020 – 06/22/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Learn regional fingerpicking styles from East Coast Piedmont, the Mississippi Delta, and Texas. You’ll get a taste of Blind Boy Fuller, Tommy Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and others. Straight blues, ragtime, and “Dead Thumb” skills will be covered. This class will prepare you for the second level in this series offered next session – Blues Fingerstyle 2, which focuses on slide guitar.

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues with Chris Walz

$180 ($158 members)

05/04/2020 – 06/22/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Fingerstyle Blues 3 classes will take a different decade each session. The classes can be taken individually, or as a series. Session 2 will start with the 1920's when the first Country Blues recordings were made. We will look at both men and women recording artists. Session 3 will be the 1930's Country Blues in the Depression. Session 4 will be the 1940's looking at some Library of Congress recordings. Session 5 will be the 1950's when many of the Country Blues players tried plugging in, yet played the same way. Ending in session 6 will be the 1960's when many of the early Blues artists were re-discovered.

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar with Mehran Jalili

$206 ($181 members)

05/06/2020 – 06/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Take a tour of flamenco guitar techniques including rasgueado, pulgar, alzapua, picado, arpeggio, and more. Flamenco is usually played on a nylon string guitar but for this introduction feel free to bring your steel string. Who knows? You may end up buying a nylon string guitar once you experience these exotic rhythms. Students will learn the basics and be prepared for Flamenco Guitar 1 which is offered the following session.

T-Bone Blues with Steve Hutchins

$206 ($181 members)

05/07/2020 – 06/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Born in 1910 and credited as being the father of electric guitar,  T. Bone Walker's influence is still reverberating coast to coast. Blues and jazz guitarist feel his legacy as a player and showman.   How could T. Bone be so revolutionary for his day and yet still sound modern to our ears? The answer to that question lies in his signature style and formidable technique. The class examines T. Bone's greatest solos that capture his musical essence.

Electric Slide Guitar with Donna Herula

$206 ($181 members)

05/10/2020 – 06/28/2020 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Learn all you need to know to play electric slide guitar – including volume control, petal options, good tone, and right and left-hand damping techniques. We will be learning songs from classic slide players such as Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor, Duane Allman and Johnny Winter as well as songs from slide guitarists of the 21st Century such as Jack White, Derek Trucks and Luther Dickenson. Special attention will be given to playing clean notes, soloing and lead slide guitar playing.

Advancing Guitar: Licks and Tricks with John Mead

$180 ($158 members)

05/04/2020 – 06/22/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

So you know some barre chords, a few cool licks, maybe you can play a little lead. Now what? Start pulling it together. See the way lead patterns and chord shapes fit together, learn multiple ways to figure out both simple and complicated chord progressions, and start to break down and pull apart big chord shapes into useful two and three string pieces that you can use in a million ways. Rock & roll, R&B, pop, soul — everyone uses this stuff. You can too!

Crashing CAGED Guitar in 4 Weeks with Chris Corsale

$99 ($89 members)

06/06/2020 – 06/27/2020 (4 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

You'll take these 5 basic chord shapes (that you already know) for a wild ride around the fretboard in this class, finally demystifying what they're talking about when they say "CAGED guitar theory." Turns out this handy approach works in all styles, on any song -- including a lot of your favorite guitar parts from rock-n-roll history!

Creative Scale Practice 1 with Tommi Zender

$80 ($70 members)

06/02/2020 – 06/23/2020 (4 meetings)

Tuesdays · 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Learn creative ways to deepen your guitar scale practice. Starting with the major scale we’ll explore using patterns you can apply to any scale. We’ll expand using different rhythms & picking schemes, arpeggios, single string scales, modal scales, 3-note per string scales and some theory. Scales are an excellent way to advance technique, train your ear, tighten your time-keeping, and learn the fretboard better. This class is geared toward electric & acoustic intermediate/advanced players.

Creative Scale Practice 2: The Modes with Tommi Zender

$80 ($60 members)

06/03/2020 – 06/24/2020 (4 meetings)

Wednesdays · 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Explore modal scales based off the major scale. We’ll examine Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, and Mixolydian scales in new creative ways. Learn & review concepts you can apply to the practice of any scale to make your practice fun. Scales are an excellent way to advance technique, train your ear, tighten your time-keeping, as well as learn the fretboard better. This class is geared toward electric & acoustic intermediate/advanced guitar players. Completion of CSP 1 recommended but not necessary if you’ve studied & played the major scale with some proficiency. 

Crushing Chord Transitions with Charles Kim

$20 ($19 members)

05/31/2020 (1 meetings)

Sunday · 3:00 PM – 4:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

What’s the chord transition in that song that always trips you up? Whether it involves open chords, barre chords, unusual fingerings or fast changes, make those transitions easier! In this workshop, you’ll learn lots of easy strategies about muscle memory, chord shapes, minimizing finger motion, and practicing. Minimize the frustration with chords and sail smoothly through your songs! Open to any level of guitarist, from beginning to advanced. (Note: Though this course is designed primarily for guitarists, these strategies can be applied to any fretted string instrument, including mandolin and ukulele.)

Four Fundamental Fingerpicking Patterns with Randy Morris

$80 ($70 members)

06/04/2020 – 06/25/2020 (4 meetings)

Thursdays · 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Come explore four common fingerpicking patterns that are especially useful in accompanying songs. If you haven't ever fingerpicked or have dabbled a bit this is a good start for you. We'll concentrate on one new pattern each week using songs that employ that pattern.

Garageband for Guitarists Continuing with Bill Brickey

$99 ($89 members)

06/04/2020 – 06/25/2020 (4 meetings)

Thursdays · 5:30 PM – 6:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Explore Garageband further. This 4 week course addresses the following concepts: 1.What is a sound file? 2.Overdubbing & Plugins 3.Subtractive EQing & Mixing 4.Editing & trading Sound files.

Guitar Zero to Guitar Hero with Dan Fulkerson

$160 ($150 members)

06/02/2020 – 06/25/2020 (4 meetings)

Tuesday, Thursdays · 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Dan will help you devise a practice schedule that will enhance your theory knowledge while focusing on good technique and right and left hand coordination. Yes, Dan will teach you songs and show you a game plan to conquer any problems or trouble spots a song may have. We meet twice a week.

Irish Accompanist Guitar Styles with Jim McVeigh

$206 ($181 members)

05/06/2020 – 06/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Learn to approach guitar chord choices, voicing and rhythms with an emphasis placed on accompanying Irish tunes. The workshop will look into both standard tuning shapes as well as those in simple Drop D tuning (more common in Irish music settings). Learn to accompany several types of reels and jigs. Learn some chops to make you the hit of your next Irish session!

Jazz Guitar 1.5 with Tony Do Rosario

$206 ($181 members)

05/06/2020 – 06/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

A class designed to bring your jazz guitar skills to a higher level. We welcome those who have taken Jazz Guitar 1 and are ready to increase their musical vocabulary in terms of harmony and melody. We’ll concentrate on great American Standards as well as variations of Blues. It’s a lifelong journey and we invite you to repeat level as much as necessary before moving on to Jazz Guitar 2.

3 Kings of the Blues with Steve Hutchins

$180 ($158 members)

05/04/2020 – 06/22/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Specifically Three Kings: BB, Freddy and Albert King all have “licks” that define their styles. Examine one solo each week from these masters. Learn how to play signature phrases, where to play them on the fingerboard and when to play them in time.

Mississippi John Hurt: It’s All In The Thumb and then some with Chris Walz

$99 ($89 members)

06/02/2020 – 06/23/2020 (4 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

if you've been wondering how the great early country blues guitar players sound is as good as they did, take a lesson from one of the greatest, Mississippi John Hurt. Mississippi johns whole style was based on a rocking thumb that was steady as a metronome, while the fingers played syncopated melody lines. in this four week class you will not only learn some of the great tunes Mississippi John played, but also his approach to the guitar so that you can create your own fingerpicking solos. Even if you didn’t take part one we’ll be looking at later material from the master

More Melody Playing Made Easy for Guitar with Bill Brickey

$80 ($70 members)

06/02/2020 – 06/23/2020 (4 meetings)

Tuesdays · 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

This time we are teaming up. Learn how to play melodies in unison as well as with the accompaniment of a rhythm guitarist. Work in pairs and discover how to embellish melodic ideas. Open to those who worked last session and to others who want to expand their abilities.

Punk Rock Crash Course (60 years in 8 weeks) with Shelley Miller

$206 ($181 members)

05/10/2020 – 06/28/2020 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Take a rollicking, interactive ride through the history of punk rock.. Each week, we'll look at a handful of bands and their songs, moving from New York and London in the mid-70s to bands and artists around the world today. This is a guitar-based class, but you're welcome to bring any instrument (or no instrument) you want. Guitar pre-requesite: Guitar 3 or basic familiarity with bar/power chords...or a desire to learn them quickly.

Return To Guitar with Chris Walz

$99 ($89 members)

06/06/2020 – 06/27/2020 (4 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

This class is specially designed for folks who haven’t played in a while and ummm have found they have extra time on their hands. Yes we will review some basics like tuning, open chords, strumming, bass runs, keys and picking patterns and PLAY lots of songs. Maybe it’s been a few sessions or a few years since you played, well, we have ways to help you remember what you knew and to play better than ever before.

Scott’s Survival Strums with Scott Besaw

$20 ($18 members)

05/30/2020 (1 meetings)

Saturday · 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Former Old Town teacher and raconteur Scott Besaw offers an online workshop covering Guitar strums. From his home in Colorado, Scott will share handful of “survival strums” that will add an exciting edge to your guitar playing. And there will be songs. Expect at least one song for each of the strums and several strums will be used within the same song! Besides being a guitar player and drummer Scott has a strong background in vocals. Lots to offer, lots to share.

Simple Guitar Fills with Barbara Silverman

$80 ($70 members)

06/02/2020 – 06/23/2020 (4 meetings)

Tuesdays · 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Nothing fancy here, we’ll just learn some very simple fills that embellish a song you’re singing — how to go from one sung phrase to the next with tasteful and easily executed walks, fingerpicks or a fancy strum or two. Ballads, swing tunes, country hits—we can do them all!”

Simple Guitar Fills with Barbara Silverman

$80 ($70 members)

06/04/2020 – 06/25/2020 (4 meetings)

Thursdays · 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Nothing fancy here, we’ll just learn some very simple fills that embellish a song you’re singing — how to go from one sung phrase to the next with tasteful and easily executed walks, fingerpicks or a fancy strum or two. Ballads, swing tunes, country hits—we can do them all!”

Songs of WC Handy for Solo Guitar ONLINE with Jon Shain

$30 ($28 members)

06/20/2020 (1 meetings)

Saturday · 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

2019 International Blues Challenge solo/duo winner Jon Shain has released an album of arrangements of Handy's tunes for solo guitar and voice. Combining more sophisticated ragtime flavors with soulful downhome blues melodies, Handy became known as the Father of the Blues. We will look at several of his early classics as well as some of his lesser known works. Guitar tablature will be provided. Ability to already do alternate thumb picking will be a big plus.

Songwriting with Open Tunings with Andrea Bunch

$80 ($70 members)

06/03/2020 – 06/24/2020 (4 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Open tunings are gorgeous. Learn simple maps within them so you can create, improvise or play songs you love. We'll learn songs in different open tunings to create lush chords and melodies you can use to play those songs or build your own tunes.

The 4 Week Barre Chord Clinic with Steve Levitt

$99 ($89 members)

06/01/2020 – 06/22/2020 (4 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Let’s concentrate on one thing and one thing only; the guitarist’ hurdle of the moveable barre chord. How to do it, How to use them, where they come from and much more. There will be songs and exercises to get you in shape and ready you to take on any chord that might pop up.

Where’s The One? Finding the Groove with Bill Brickey

$80 ($70 members)

06/03/2020 – 06/24/2020 (4 meetings)

Wednesdays · 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

This class that focuses on counting measures and keeping the beat in 3/4, 4/4, triplets and the concept of split measures. The lesson itself would be a call and response format. Topics include: What is a time signature? How to count Transitioning & Reading Ahead. How to handle ‘Split Measures’ and Triplets are your friends. OPEN TO ALL CHORDING INSTRUMENTS

The iPad as a Live Performance Tool with Jason Roebke

$20 ($20 members)

05/30/2020 (1 meetings)

Saturday · 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The iPad can be used as an incredibly expressive, powerful musical instrument and tool for music creation. We will explore how to use the iPad in live performance situations as a soloist, integrated into a band, and as a stand alone music production tool. We will talk about gathering sound sources and how to implement and manipulate sounds for creative music making. Although we will talk about ideas that can be applied to a wide variety of iPad apps, participants should have the Samplr app installed on their device.

Guitar Arranging and Singing with Happy Traum

$45 ($40 members)

09/20/2020 (1 meetings)

Sunday · 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

This class could be called “making the best with what you’ve got.” Happy shows intermediate players how even a simple song can be arranged and played in a way that makes it interesting and compelling for the listener. Happy will teach material from his vast repertoire of traditional folk, blues and country songs, with even one or two contemporary ones thrown in. These will incorporate alternate-bass fingerpicking, bass runs, chord substitutions, double-stop harmonies, dropped D tuning, blues improvisation and other essential musical devices. Prerequisites: You should be adept at basic chord changes and be generally comfortable with your instrument. Some fingerpicking experience would also be helpful. For music fans and liner note junkies, Happy Traum needs no introduction. A quintessential figure in the New York folk music scene, recording musician with Bob Dylan, and founding partner of Homespun Tapes, Happy has been amplifying folk music enjoyment and education for decades. https://www.happytraum.com/