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.

Technique Classes

Enhance your skills and repertoire with class options focusing on many different techniques like Rhythm & Lead Guitar, Fingerstyle, Slide and more.

Guitar Performance & Music Theory

Genres & Specific Styles

Delve deep into musical styles and genres you love to explore even further.

Acoustic & Electric Blues | Pop & Rock | Jazz | Global Traditions | Latin, Flamenco & Brazilian | Bluegrass & Country

3 Kings of the Blues

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

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

BB, Freddy and Albert

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.

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

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

Add a new dimension to your acoustic guitar playing

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

Advancing Guitar: Licks and Tricks

Advanced

Tuesday with John Mead

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

Learn approaches to the fingerboard designed to improve your playing

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

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)

Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

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

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

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)

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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

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.

Blues Guitar Basics 1

Beginner

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation through 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)

Blues Guitar Basics 2

Intermediate

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

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

Begin to improvise and learn more unique forms of the blues style.

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Jacob Sweet

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

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

Tuesday or Wednesday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Advanced

Sunday with Chris Winters

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

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

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Skills

Intermediate

Sunday with Chris Winters

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

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

Extended Play: Guitar

Intermediate

Tuesday, Thursday or Friday with Mary Peterson, Chris Winters, Elaine Moore or Steve Dawson

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

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Fingerpicking 1 Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday, Thursday or Saturday with Alvin McGovern or 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 Guitar of Jim Croce

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Michael Henson

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

Fingerstyle Jukebox

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Michael Miles

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

Let your fingers do the singing

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.

Flamenco Guitar 1 Skills

Beginner

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

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

Develop a catalog of strums and styles necessary to play flamenco.

Flamenco Guitar 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

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

Develop a strong repertoire in this exciting musical idiom.

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.

Going Electric: Part 1 Turn It Up

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Charles Kim

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

Learn the ins and outs of Electric Guitar.

Going Electric: Part 2 Pedals and The Electronic Guitarist

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Charles Kim

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

Learn to create sounds and apply them to songs and jams.

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

Advanced

Saturday with Ed Holstein

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

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

Guitar Fingerboard Alchemy

IntermediateNew!

Sunday with Donovan Mixon

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

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday with Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris, Jimmy Tomasello, Steve Levitt, Michael O'Toole or Chris Corsale

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

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

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

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Intermediate

Tuesday or Wednesday with Elaine Moore or Tom Ryan

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

Grab that guitar and sing and play with others.

Guitarra En Español 1

Beginner

Wednesday with Jose Murillo

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

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

Intermediate

Wednesday with Jose Murillo

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

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

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Beginner

This class is offered on a rotating basis with level 1.
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)

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)

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Intermediate

This class is offered on a rotating basis with Jazz Guitar 1. 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)

Jazz Guitar 1

Intermediate

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

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

Take your time to absorb the fundamentals of jazz guitar.

Jazz Guitar 2

Advanced

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

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

Build your repertoire from session to session.

Jazz Guitar 4ever

AdvancedNew!

Wednesday with Tony do Rosario

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

Lead Guitar Basics

Intermediate

Friday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Making Friends with Barre Chords

Intermediate

Sunday with Charles Kim

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

Your fingers and favorite songs will thank you!

Mastering Chord Vocabulary

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)

Open Tuning 101

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Steve Dawson

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

Step outside the comfort zone of standard tuning

RPA Ensemble aka Dawson's Guitar 4Ever

Advanced

Thursday with Steve Dawson

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

A group of 4ever students under Dawson's leadership

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

Tuesday with Michael O'Toole

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

Focus on one of the most essential elements of playing guitar and music itself.

Sinatra on Guitar

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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

West Side Chicago Blues Style

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

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

Fire up the Barbecue and let's do this right!