Otsfm logo

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.

Class Schedules and Availability

Filters:
Courses:

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Something by George Harrison (pt 2 of 2: guitar solo) with Michael Miles

$25 ($23 members)

09/26/2022 (1 meetings)

Monday · 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · Online

This series of workshops include detailed instruction, professional tablature, and audio. These one-off workshops are intended for intermediate players who can read tablature and have experience with fingerstyle guitar. Each workshop will concentrate on a single tune. Take them all or choose the ones you want.

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Autumn Leaves by Joseph Kosma with Michael Miles

$25 ($23 members)

10/10/2022 (1 meetings)

Monday · 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · Online

This series of workshops include detailed instruction, professional tablature, and audio. These one-off workshops are intended for intermediate players who can read tablature and have experience with fingerstyle guitar. Each workshop will concentrate on a single tune. Take them all or choose the ones you want.

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Night and Day by Cole Porter with Michael Miles

$25 ($23 members)

10/17/2022 (1 meetings)

Monday · 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · Online

This series of workshops include detailed instruction, professional tablature, and audio. These one-off workshops are intended for intermediate players who can read tablature and have experience with fingerstyle guitar. Each workshop will concentrate on a single tune. Take them all or choose the ones you want.

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles:Tapestry by Carole King with Michael Miles

$25 ($23 members)

10/24/2022 (1 meetings)

Monday · 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · Online

This series of workshops include detailed instruction, professional tablature, and audio. These one-off workshops are intended for intermediate players who can read tablature and have experience with fingerstyle guitar. Each workshop will concentrate on a single tune. Take them all or choose the ones you want.

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell with Michael Miles

$25 ($23 members)

11/07/2022 (1 meetings)

Monday · 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · Online

This series of workshops include detailed instruction, professional tablature, and audio. These one-off workshops are intended for intermediate players who can read tablature and have experience with fingerstyle guitar. Each workshop will concentrate on a single tune. Take them all or choose the ones you want.

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Come Together by Lennon and McCartney with Michael Miles

$25 ($23 members)

11/14/2022 (1 meetings)

Monday · 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · Online

This series of workshops include detailed instruction, professional tablature, and audio. These one-off workshops are intended for intermediate players who can read tablature and have experience with fingerstyle guitar. Each workshop will concentrate on a single tune. Take them all or choose the ones you want.

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: You Really Got A Hold On Me by Smokey Robinson with Michael Miles

$25 ($23 members)

11/28/2022 (1 meetings)

Monday · 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · Online

This series of workshops include detailed instruction, professional tablature, and audio. These one-off workshops are intended for intermediate players who can read tablature and have experience with fingerstyle guitar. Each workshop will concentrate on a single tune. Take them all or choose the ones you want.

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Christmas Time is Here by Vince Guaraldi with Michael Miles

$25 ($23 members)

12/05/2022 (1 meetings)

Monday · 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · Online

This series of workshops include detailed instruction, professional tablature, and audio. These one-off workshops are intended for intermediate players who can read tablature and have experience with fingerstyle guitar. Each workshop will concentrate on a single tune. Take them all or choose the ones you want.

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Happy Christmas (War is Over) by John Lennon with Michael Miles

$25 ($23 members)

12/12/2022 (1 meetings)

Monday · 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · Online

This series of workshops include detailed instruction, professional tablature, and audio. These one-off workshops are intended for intermediate players who can read tablature and have experience with fingerstyle guitar. Each workshop will concentrate on a single tune. Take them all or choose the ones you want.

Guitar Fingerboard Theory with Randy Morris

$248 ($228 members)

09/03/2022 – 10/22/2022 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 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! Please call the front desk for online access.

Guitar Fingerboard Theory with Randy Morris

$248 ($228 members)

10/29/2022 – 12/17/2022 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 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! Please call the front desk for online access.

Guitar 4Ever with Holstein with Alvin McGovern

$248 ($228 members)

09/03/2022 – 10/22/2022 (8 meetings)

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

A shoo-in for "Longest Running Class Taught by the Same 1970s Folk Icon". Eddie has been doing this one for years, and still keeps it new, interesting, and fun: Finger Pickin', Blues, Rag, Dylan, Prine, the American Songbook, and an occasional odd-ball tuning all arranged by Eddie! Among other things, this is the class where Eddie tries out tunes before he takes them on stage! Come join the fun for Eddie’s songs and stories.

RPA Ensemble with Steve Dawson

$248 ($228 members)

09/01/2022 – 10/20/2022 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

We play and sing Rock Pop Acoustic, with a lot of laughter thrown in. Being one of 15+ guitars and a rhythm section will help you Relinquish Performance Anxiety. You may love it so much, you'll be Reluctant to Plan Activities that would keep you away. If you're Ready to Play Along, join us on Thursday nights. You'll have a great time while improving your technique and building your repertoire.   "mysteriously named ... totally charming…a serious musicianship class masquerading as a social club.” - No Depression Magazine

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

RPA Ensemble with Steve Dawson

$186 ($171 members)

11/03/2022 – 12/15/2022 (6 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

We play and sing Rock Pop Acoustic, with a lot of laughter thrown in. Being one of 15+ guitars and a rhythm section will help you Relinquish Performance Anxiety. You may love it so much, you'll be Reluctant to Plan Activities that would keep you away. If you're Ready to Play Along, join us on Thursday nights. You'll have a great time while improving your technique and building your repertoire.   "mysteriously named ... totally charming…a serious musicianship class masquerading as a social club.” - No Depression Magazine

Heroes of Flatpicking with Chris Walz

$248 ($228 members)

10/25/2022 – 12/13/2022 (8 meetings)

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

Come and examine the players who helped create the style of Bluegrass Guitar known as 'Flatpicking". In eight weeks we will examine eight heroes who still influence to this day including Doc Watson, George Shuffler, Dan Crary, Norman Blake and others. Let's see what these great players still have to teach us.

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar with Steve Hutchins

$248 ($228 members)

10/24/2022 – 12/12/2022 (8 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).

Blues Fingerstyle 2 with Chris Walz

$248 ($228 members)

10/24/2022 – 12/12/2022 (8 meetings)

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

Take the fingerpicking, deep boogie rhythms, and regional styles of the country blues you’ve learned in level 1, and concentrate on open tunings and bottleneck slide. Spend four weeks in open D tuning and four weeks in open G tuning, which will be taught in class. Tunes by Blind Willie McTell, Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson and others will be covered. Students will become comfortable in both Open G and Open D tunings and advance their slide lead playing and improvisational skills. Bring a slide to class

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues with Chris Walz

$248 ($228 members)

10/24/2022 – 12/12/2022 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online

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.

Fingerpicking Repertoire with Randy Morris

$248 ($228 members)

10/24/2022 – 12/12/2022 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @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. This is a hybrid class. Students may join in person or online.

Fingerstyle Repertoire with Randy Morris

$248 ($228 members)

09/01/2022 – 10/20/2022 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · Online

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.

Fingerstyle Repertoire with Randy Morris

$217 ($200 members)

10/27/2022 – 12/15/2022 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · Online

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)

09/01/2022 – 10/20/2022 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @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.

Introduction to Jazz Guitar with Tony Do Rosario

$248 ($228 members)

10/29/2022 – 12/17/2022 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · In-Person @4544 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 1.5 with Tony Do Rosario

$248 ($228 members)

09/03/2022 – 10/22/2022 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 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 1.5 with Tony Do Rosario

$248 ($228 members)

10/24/2022 – 12/12/2022 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 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)

10/26/2022 – 12/14/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 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)

10/26/2022 – 12/14/2022 (8 meetings)

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

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire with Paul Kaye

$248 ($228 members)

10/29/2022 – 12/17/2022 (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!

Campfire Songbook with Paula McKernan

$217 ($200 members)

10/27/2022 – 12/15/2022 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Fire up your songbag with oldies, newbies, rounds, and harmony-singing. Acoustic arrangements created for melody, harmony, and rhythm instruments. Well-suited to vocalists who learn by ear.

Cheap Guitar Tricks with Chris Corsale

$25 ($23 members)

10/22/2022 (1 meetings)

Saturday · 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Ah yes, the parlor tricks of the guitar-playing world...easily learned, easily mastered, and wonderful for adding personality to your playing. Learn a dozen or more little "gotcha" tricks on your guitar, and then we'll spend a while talking about how and when to use them, and put them in a song context and try them out! We'll talk about the pick slide, natural and artificial harmonics, guitar-as-percussion, minimalism, bends, and all kinds of silly sounds that can "add the eyebrows" to your playing (as Frank Zappa would say).

Dylan Songbag: 21st Century Offerings with Jimmy Tomasello

$25 ($20 members)

11/13/2022 (1 meetings)

Sunday · 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

The prolific Nobel prize winning bard from Minnesota has released 9 studio albums since turning 60 in 2001. For this songbag we’ll present a sampling of tunes from the more popular offerings…sorry, no Sinatra covers. We’ll focus on Love and Theft, Modern Times, Tempest and the mid-pandemic release Rough and Rowdy Ways. Join us for 90 minutes or so and go home with a dozen contemporary classics to add to your own songbag. Did we mention to bring a capo?

Fingerpicking Classic Chicago Blues with Paul Kaye

$248 ($228 members)

10/26/2022 – 12/14/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 5:30 PM – 6:50 PM · Online

Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Honeyboy Edwards, Magic  Slim, and Big Bill Broonzy all legendary Chicago Blues artists who favored fingerpicking over using a flatpick. In this class we will learn several standard tunes from the "golden age of Chicago blues". Using a 2  or 3 finger right hand technique, learn the secret to making one guitar sound like two!

Four Fundamental Fingerpicking Patterns with Randy Morris

$94 ($84 members)

10/24/2022 – 11/14/2022 (4 meetings)

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

Come explore four common fingerpicking patterns that are especially useful in accompanying songs. If you haven’t done much fingerpicking or just dabbled a bit this is a good start for you. We’ll concentrate on one new pattern each week while using songs that employ that pattern. This class will be offered in a hybrid format.

Four Fundamental Fingerpicking Patterns with Randy Morris

$94 ($84 members)

11/21/2022 – 12/12/2022 (4 meetings)

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

Come explore four common fingerpicking patterns that are especially useful in accompanying songs. If you haven’t done much fingerpicking or just dabbled a bit this is a good start for you. We’ll concentrate on one new pattern each week while using songs that employ that pattern. This class will be offered in a hybrid format.

Irish Accompanist Guitar Styles with Jim McVeigh

$217 ($200 members)

10/27/2022 – 12/15/2022 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @4544 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!

Musical Time Management: How to Use a Metronome with Chris Corsale

$25 ($23 members)

10/15/2022 (1 meetings)

Saturday · 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Metronome! The very word strikes fear (annoyance, frustration, confusion) in the hearts of a lot of musicians. As Jacob Sweet says, though, it's the only piece of gear you can buy that will actually make you a better musician. In this workshop, we'll talk about how metronomes work, using the different settings, and practice habits that will have your grooves sounding groovier. Appropriate for any instrument, and especially those of us that jam with others or do recording projects.

Return To Guitar with Paula McKernan

$248 ($228 members)

10/25/2022 – 12/13/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @909 W Armitage 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. A great way to get back in to our core guitar program, or musicianship courses

Simple Guitar Fills with Barbara Silverman

$165 ($147 members)

10/27/2022 – 12/15/2022 (7 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)

10/26/2022 – 12/14/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 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.

They Might Be Giants Songbag with Chris Corsale

$248 ($228 members)

10/25/2022 – 12/13/2022 (8 meetings)

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

This 8-week class digs into the huge range of Brooklyn's Finest Duo, from the early drum-machine days to the kids albums to the current oeuvre. We'll play some fan favorites an da bunch of random picks and hear all of it come from our own fingers. Damn good times!