Teachers at the Old Town School

Chris Walz

Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin

Bluegrass, Blues Slide, Fingerstyle

In 2016, Chris celebrated 20 years of teaching at The Old Town School Of Folk Music!

Chris first got interested in the guitar as a teenager through the music of the early Country Blues players like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Willie McTell. He plays and teaches this style to this day. Always interested in Bluegrass as well, he developed his flatpicking skill and wound up spending three and a half years touring the world with the bluegrass band The Special Consensus. Chris has been at the Old Town School of Folk Music since 1996 and divides his time between performing and teaching.

“I've been teaching both guitar and five string banjo for more than 20 years. Since 1996 I've been a teacher at The Old Town School Of Folk Music. I teach all levels from beginners to advanced experienced. The real satisfaction I get is when I'm able to get a student to execute something they didn't think they could do. I work with both tablature and by ear, but mostly what I try to do is get my students to think for themselves.”

Started at the Old Town School in January of 1996

Upcoming Workshops

Cajun Homecoming

Intermediate

$25 ($20 members)

Sun. July 12, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM · Online Classes Available


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 06/29/2020

Mondays 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Wednesdays 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Thursdays 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Group Classes for the session beginning 06/29/2020

Blues Fingerstyle 2 with Chris Walz

$181 ($161 members)

06/29/2020 – 08/10/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online Classes Available

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues with Chris Walz

$181 ($161 members)

06/29/2020 – 08/10/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online Classes Available

Flatpicking 2 - Technique with Chris Walz

$181 ($161 members)

06/30/2020 – 08/11/2020 (7 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online Classes Available

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

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.

$99 ($89 members)

06/30/2020 – 07/21/2020 (4 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online Classes Available

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Guitar 2 with Chris Walz

$181 ($161 members)

07/01/2020 – 08/12/2020 (7 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:00 PM – 7:20 PM · Online Classes Available

Bluegrass Banjo 2 with Chris Walz

$181 ($161 members)

07/01/2020 – 08/12/2020 (7 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online Classes Available

Introduction to the Banjo with Chris Walz

$181 ($161 members)

07/02/2020 – 08/13/2020 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 5:30 PM – 6:50 PM · Online Classes Available

Bluegrass Banjo 4: Earl Scruggs with Chris Walz

$181 ($161 members)

07/02/2020 – 08/13/2020 (7 meetings)

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

Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire with Chris Walz

$181 ($161 members)

07/02/2020 – 08/13/2020 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · Online Classes Available

Return To Guitar with Chris Walz

$99 ($89 members)

07/11/2020 – 08/01/2020 (4 meetings)

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