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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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Guitar Fingerboard Theory with Randy Morris

$248 ($228 members)

06/30/2024 – 08/18/2024 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · In-Person @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!

Guitar Fingerboard Theory with Dante Swan

$248 ($228 members)

09/05/2024 – 10/24/2024 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · In-Person @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!

Guitar Fingerboard Theory with Dan Fulkerson

$217 ($200 members)

09/09/2024 – 10/21/2024 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · In-Person @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 Charles Kim

$248 ($228 members)

09/04/2024 – 10/23/2024 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @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!

Guitar Fingerboard Theory with Randy Morris

$248 ($228 members)

09/08/2024 – 10/27/2024 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · In-Person @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!

Guitar Fingerboard Theory with Dan Fulkerson

$248 ($228 members)

09/06/2024 – 10/25/2024 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · In-Person @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!

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar with Steve Hutchins

$217 ($200 members)

09/09/2024 – 10/21/2024 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

It was folk-blues legend, Big Bill Broonzy who helped get urban electric blues heard around the world. Learn leads, chords, comping techniques, double-stops, intros, turn-a-rounds and endings used by many of the historically important players of the Chicago blues style. (Muddy Waters, Magic Sam, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Rogers, J.B. Lenoir and many others).

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire with Jacob Sweet

$217 ($200 members)

09/09/2024 – 10/21/2024 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @4545 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. This class is a hybrid offering - students may attend either in person or by Zoom.

Fingerpicking 2 with Randy Morris

$248 ($228 members)

09/03/2024 – 10/22/2024 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

This class will be offered in a hybrid format. Students can choose to participate online or in person. 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 3 - Fingerstyle Instrumental with Randy Morris

$248 ($228 members)

09/05/2024 – 10/24/2024 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

This class will be offered in a hybrid format. Students can choose to participate online or in person. In this class, we explore a wide repertoire of fingerstyle instrumentals from popular songs, blues, Celtic, classical and maybe a song or two. Some material will be in altered tunings. The class material will include tablature, audio and sometimes video files. Students must be comfortable with tablature and have some fingerpicking experience.

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive with Dan Fulkerson

$248 ($228 members)

06/26/2024 – 08/14/2024 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · In-Person @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

$248 ($228 members)

09/04/2024 – 10/23/2024 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · In-Person @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.

Introduction to Jazz Guitar with Tony do Rosario

$248 ($228 members)

09/08/2024 – 10/27/2024 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

We will use the genre of jazz to explore general fretboard theory. This class is for any guitarist that is interested in understanding their instrument and fundamental music theory in a deeper manner. No matter what genre of music you play this class will help you become a stronger musician, not just a guitarist. Class topics will include: chord theory, scale/mode application, basic rhythmic concepts, and chord progression. THIS CLASS IS A PREREQUISITE to Jazz Guitar 1. Contact Tony Do Rosario with any questions at tdorosario@oldtownschool.org

Jazz Guitar 1 with Tony do Rosario

$248 ($228 members)

09/07/2024 – 10/26/2024 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

This class is a continuation of Introduction to Jazz Guitar. At this level, we will work on a bebop blues, bebop rhythm changes, and select standards from the American song book. We will use bebop melodies to develop our rhythmic vocabulary. Come explore the basic frameworks of improvisation and accompaniment over classic jazz progressions. REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED INTRO to JAZZ GUITAR. Contact Tony Do Rosario with any questions at tdorosario@oldtownschool.org

Jazz Guitar 1.5 with Tony do Rosario

$217 ($200 members)

09/09/2024 – 10/21/2024 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 7:30 PM – 8:50 PM · Online

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. REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED INTRO, JAZZ GUITAR 1. Contact Tony Do Rosario at tdorosario@oldtownschool.org It’s a lifelong journey and we invite you to repeat level as much as necessary before moving on to Jazz Guitar 2.

Jazz Guitar 2 with Tony do Rosario

$248 ($228 members)

09/04/2024 – 10/23/2024 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz is an American folk music. Play it yourself on the guitar. In this repertoire driven class, hone your skills by learning both traditional standards and modern compositions. We are learning a musical language that is spoken throughout the world. Students are invited to repeat this class as much as they desire. REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED INTRO, JAZZ GUITAR 1 & JAZZ GUITAR 1.5. Contact Tony Do Rosario at tdorosario@oldtownschool.org

Jazz Guitar 2 with Tony do Rosario

$248 ($228 members)

09/07/2024 – 10/26/2024 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz is an American folk music. Play it yourself on the guitar. In this repertoire driven class, hone your skills by learning both traditional standards and modern compositions. We are learning a musical language that is spoken throughout the world. Students are invited to repeat this class as much as they desire. REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED INTRO, JAZZ GUITAR 1 & JAZZ GUITAR 1.5. Contact Tony Do Rosario at tdorosario@oldtownschool.org

Jazz Guitar 4Ever with Tony do Rosario

$248 ($228 members)

09/04/2024 – 10/23/2024 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4545 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

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire with Paul Kaye

$248 ($228 members)

09/07/2024 – 10/26/2024 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · Online

This intermediate level class introduces the music of traditional blues’ great artists. From the ragtime/blues style of Rev. Gary Davis and Blind Blake to the Delta/Chicago grind of Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. Learn such techniques as: fingerpicking (ragtime, shuffle rhythm), open tuning, bottleneck slide, basic improvising, and more. This is some of the most satisfying music steel string pickers can get their fingers on!

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire with Paul Kaye

$248 ($228 members)

09/07/2024 – 10/26/2024 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · Online

This intermediate level class introduces the music of traditional blues’ great artists. From the ragtime/blues style of Rev. Gary Davis and Blind Blake to the Delta/Chicago grind of Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. Learn such techniques as: fingerpicking (ragtime, shuffle rhythm), open tuning, bottleneck slide, basic improvising, and more. This is some of the most satisfying music steel string pickers can get their fingers on!

Hip-Hop & RnB Guitar & Bass Styles with Dante Swan

$217 ($200 members)

09/09/2024 – 10/21/2024 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

In this beginning-intermediate class open to acoustic/electric guitars and bass, we will covers songs by Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, Drake, and Tyler, the Creator. By the end of 8 weeks students will have an understanding of modern/contemporary RnB, rap, and Hip-Hop styles and accompaniment Instructor will provide all materials.

Fingerpicking 1: Song Accompaniment with Randy Morris

$248 ($228 members)

09/03/2024 – 10/22/2024 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Learn how to accompany Guitar 1 & 2 level repertoire with fingerpicking technique! We'll be playing easier chords so we can concentrate on the new skill. More advanced players who are looking for a structured approach to learning how to fingerpick are welcome. We'll start with your (picking hand) thumb which is keeping the beat; playing the most common strings based on the lowest note of the chord. Next, we'll add in the index and middle fingers; again plucking the most strings depending on the chord we are playing. Students leave Fingerpicking 1 - Song Accompaniment with the following skills: Keep the beat of the song with your picking thumb Add at least 2 fingers in order to play patterns like those heard in classic fingerpicking tunes (for example Landslide, Dust In the Wind) Learn at least 5 patterns that can be used to accompany songs in 4/4 time Learn at least 2 patterns that can be used to accompany songs in 3/4 time Develop good practice techniques Incorporate "simple" bass runs to connect chords

Rock Guitar with Camille McClellan

$248 ($228 members)

09/04/2024 – 10/23/2024 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Learn power chords, riff and rhythm patterns specific to classic rock n' roll, and modern rock styles! Explore repertoire from iconic acts including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Cream. Students can plan to leave with the following skills: - Open E, A and D "power chords" and rhythm patterns - All "power chords" beginning on the 6th and 5th strings - Basic knowledge of the pentatonic scale - Ability to play basic riffs notated as TAB

Neil Young & Wilco Acoustic (in-person) with Tommi Zender

$248 ($228 members)

09/03/2024 – 10/22/2024 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @909 W Armitage Ave

Neil Young & Jeff Tweedy are top-shelf songwriters with expansive catalogs. The class alternates freely between the two artists, exploring popular songs and some deep cuts. The class features breakdowns of accompaniment techniques, tips on alternate chord voicings, some lead/melody playing, singing and much more. This is an intermediate level class for acoustic guitar.

Neil Young & Wilco Songbook with Tommi Zender

$248 ($228 members)

09/07/2024 – 10/26/2024 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · Online

“Neil Young & Jeff Tweedy are top-shelf songwriters with expansive catalogs. In this ONLINE class we alternate freely between the two artists. We’ll explore popular songs as well as deeper album cuts. The class features close-up breakdowns of accompaniment techniques, tips on alternate chord voicings, some lead/melody playing and much more. This is an intermediate class taught on acoustic guitar, but open to electric players as well."

Neil Young Guitar Styles with Charles Kim

$248 ($228 members)

09/05/2024 – 10/24/2024 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Neil Young’s career includes a treasure trove of amazing, yet accessible guitar techniques, from syncopated folky strumming, open tunings, and howling leads. We’ll look at various classic songs including “Cinnamon Girl,” “Harvest Moon, “Old Man,” “Cowgirl In The Sand” among others.

Rhythm Guitar with Dan Fulkerson

$248 ($228 members)

09/03/2024 – 10/22/2024 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln 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!

Foundations of Rock and Blues Guitar with Nikki O’Neill

$217 ($200 members)

09/09/2024 – 10/21/2024 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

This Guitar 2 level class is for those of you who’d love to add some rock and blues songs to your repertoire in a fun and supportive setting. We’ll stick to easier 3-4 chord songs by male and female artists. We’ll learn classic, and contemporary rock and blues riffs, introduce I-IV-V progressions, and learn how chords and song structure tell stories. This class will also emphasize building your chord vocabulary and counting in order to keep a steady groove. We’ll also learn a classic blues turnaround lick and how to bend and slide notes, perform hammer-ons, and pull-offs — and this guitar jargon will be demystified too! Prerequisites: Guitar 1-2, or commensurate experience, comfort with playing chords; A, C, D, E, G, Am, and Em.

Simple Guitar Fills with Barbara Silverman

$188 ($168 members)

09/05/2024 – 10/24/2024 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM · Online

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!”

Strumming Rhythms with Barbara Silverman

$248 ($228 members)

09/03/2024 – 10/22/2024 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · Online

How do you do a simple strum? How do you make it a little fancier? How do you know which kind of strum goes with which song? We will answer all these questions as we learn basic rhythm patterns good for the beginner and good for those who already play a little guitar.

Taylor Swift for Guitar with Alicia Lees

$248 ($228 members)

09/03/2024 – 10/22/2024 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @909 W Armitage Ave

This class delves into Taylor Swift's mighty song catalogue. We'll be featuring some of her hits, old and new. Come and learn to play "Lover," "Delicate," "All Too Well," "Cowboy Like Me," "Blank Space," "Shake It Off," and many others. Song requests are also welcome. This class is perfect for beginning level, 1 rep + above guitar players with a basic knowledge of open chords and simple strum patterns.

Taylor Swift for Guitar with Alicia Lees

$248 ($228 members)

09/03/2024 – 10/22/2024 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @909 W Armitage Ave

This class delves into Taylor Swift's mighty song catalogue. We'll be featuring some of her hits, old and new. Come and learn to play "Lover," "Delicate," "All Too Well," "Cowboy Like Me," "Blank Space," "Shake It Off," and many others. Song requests are also welcome. This class is perfect for beginning level, 1 rep + above guitar players with a basic knowledge of open chords and simple strum patterns.

Wilco Songbag with Tommi Zender with Tommi Zender

$30 ($28 members)

07/23/2024 (1 meetings)

Tuesday · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @909 W Armitage Ave

Join OTS guitar & ensemble instructor Tommi Zender to play a fine selection of Wilco/Jeff Tweedy fan favorites spanning “A.M.” to “Cruel Country”. We may also throw in an Uncle Tupelo or Golden Smog song by Jeff as well. This Songbag is intermediate level and up, and meets in person, in Lincoln Square. Please bring a capo!