Specialty & Technique Guitar Classes

You can already play guitar and now you want to expand your abilities with the guidance of our expert teaching artists, the wide world of guitar is open to you!

for intermediate players and beyond

Recommended for every guitar student.

Guitar Fingerboard Theory »

Examine the fundamentals of music theory from the perspective of the guitarist. Let our skilled instructors share insights into building scales and chords and finding ways to move up the neck of your instrument. Open to students at the Guitar 2 level and above.



Enhance your skills and repertoire

Choose from class options focussing on a variety of different techniques and musical genres

 Guitar and Music Theory (Guitar Fingerboard, Chord Vocabulary, Music Reading)

 Bluegrass and Traditional Country (Flatpicking.)

 Jazz (Intro, Gypsy, Improvisation)

 Acoustic and Electric Blues (Chicago Electric to Delta Fingerstyle)

 Rock & Bass (Lords of the Low End, Lead, and Rhythm)

 Latin and World Styles (Flamenco, Brazilian)


List of All Guitar Specialty Classes (53 found)

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Group ClassBeginner

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

Saturday with Paul Kaye

Build a solid foundation

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Group ClassIntermediate

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

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

Acoustic Blues Guitar 3

Group ClassAdvanced

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

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

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Donna Herula

Add a new dimension to your acoustic guitar playing

Acoustic Slide Guitar 2

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Donna Herula

Continue to add dimension to your slide guitar playing

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

Learn lead and comping techniques of the major players of the Chicago blues style.

Bass Groove Lab

Group ClassIntermediate

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($142 members)

Monday with Harlan Terson

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Michael Miles

A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Group ClassBeginner

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

Monday with Chris Walz

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

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Group ClassIntermediate

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

This class alternates every session with Blues Fingerstyle 1. Mark your calendar and be sure to sign up next session.

Blues Fingerstyle 3

Group ClassAdvanced

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

Monday with Chris Walz

A Compendium Of The Blues SESSION 6 - PERSONAL FAVORITES

Blues Guitar Basics 1

Group ClassBeginner

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

Tuesday with Chris Winters

Build skills and repertoire within the blues idiom.

Blues Guitar Basics 2

Group ClassIntermediate

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

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.

Building Chord Vocabulary

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson or Steve Hutchins

Let's go beyond bar chords and learn to respond fearlessly to any chart.

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Jacob Sweet

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Contemporary Slide Guitar

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Thursday with Jon Spiegel

Early Country Guitar 1

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Aaron Smith

Play guitar like influential old-time and early country artists such as Maybelle Carter, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Delmore Brothers.

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Essential Apps for Musicians

Group ClassOpen to All

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

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar 1 Skills

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Chris Winters

Expand techniques and your personal riff artillery within the framework of songs and progressions in the blues/rock idiom.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Group ClassAdvanced

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

Sunday with Chris Winters

An ongoing class which develops repertoire in the blues/rock genre.

Extended Play

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday, Thursday or Friday with Mary Peterson, Chris Winters, Elaine Moore or Cathy Norden

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Fingerpicking 1 Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday or Saturday with Randy Morris

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

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Randy Morris

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

First Base Bottleneck Blues: Intro to Slide Guitar

WorkshopBeginnerNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Sunday with Donna Herula

Flamenco Guitar 1 Skills

Group ClassBeginner

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

This class is offered on a rotating basis. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Flamenco Guitar 2 Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

Develop a strong repertoire in this exciting musical idiom.

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Chris Walz

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

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Group ClassIntermediate

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

This class alternates with Flatpicking 1 If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Flatpicking 3 - Repertoire

Group ClassAdvanced

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

Tuesday with Chris Walz

Let's develop soloing skills. SESSION 6 - PERSONAL FAVORITES

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

Group ClassAdvanced

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

Saturday with Ed Holstein

The one and only legendary folk icon, Ed Holstein holds court for acoustic guitarists.

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday, Tuesday, Friday or Sunday with Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris, Jimmy Tomasello or Michael O'Toole

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in their musical journey.

Guitar Study Hall

Group ClassOpen to All

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

Monday or Wednesday with Jimmy Tomasello or Tommi Zender

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

Guitar Style of James Taylor

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Saturday with Michael Hensen

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday or Wednesday with Elaine Moore or Chris Corsale

Grab that guitar and sing and play with others.

Guitarra En Español 1

Group ClassBeginner

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

Wednesday with Jose Murillo

A bilingual experience developing basic skills in Latin style playing. Una experiencia bilingüe que desarrolla maneras básicas de tocar el estilo latino.

Guitarra En Español 2

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Jose Murillo

A bilingual experience building repertoire in Latin music. Una experiencia bilingüe que desarrolla el repertorio de la música latina.

Gypsy Jazz Guitar Skills

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Hard Rock and Metal Unplugged

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

All the licks, all the tricks - but with minimal hearing loss.

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Group ClassBeginner

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

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

Examine the basic chords and rhythmic attacks of flamenco.

Introduction to Brazilian Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

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

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

Introduction to Electric Guitar Styles

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Dan Fulkerson

Make the transition from acoustic to electric.

Introduction to Electric Slide Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

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

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

Introduction to Fingerpicking

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday or Saturday with Alvin McGovern or Randy Morris

Put down your plectrum and let's work with both hands.

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

No matter what genre of music you play, this class will take your playing to a whole other level.

Jazz Guitar 1

Group ClassIntermediate

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

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

Jazz Guitar 2

Group ClassAdvanced

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

Wednesday or Saturday with Tony do Rosario

Build your repertoire from session to session.

Lead Guitar Basics

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with Chris Corsale

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Play It By Ear

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Jon Spiegel

Train your ears to figure it out.

Pop Guitar Techniques and Arrangements

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

If you feel like it's time to add a few bells and whistles to your playing, then this is the class for you.

RPA Ensemble aka Dawson's Guitar 4Ever

Group ClassAdvanced

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

Thursday with Steve Dawson

A group of 4ever students under Dawson's leadership

Rhythm Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

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

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.

Sinatra on Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Steve Hutchins

Spice up your repertoire with classics from the American Songbook. Come on baby!


Choose Your Class »

If you're a total beginner…

Sign up for Guitar 1 and join the multitude of folks who have played their first song here at Old Town School.

If you used to play…

Start with Guitar 1 Repertoire or Guitar 2 if you understand how to read basic open chord diagrams, and need work on rhythm and changing chords smoothly.

If you've got the basics down, but…

Need a little more practice? Looking for a fun social experience and the opportunity to build your songbag? Check out our placement quiz to decide which class from Guitar 2 or beyond is right for you.

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