Group Lessons

Upcoming Classes


INDIAN MUSIC WORKSHOP ★ ☆ ☆
Learn how to play an Indian music composition! Open to all levels of instrumentalists (melodic, percussion, and vocals). Rajib Karmakar (sitar) and Neel Agrawal (tabla) will teach the foundations of Indian music including melody and rhythm. Ultimately, participants will work together to play a beautiful Indian composition. Participants are encouraged to bring their own instrument and Indian instruments will also be provided.

Rajib Karmakar & Neel Agrawal 2:00 - 5:00 PM Saturday, August 24 (1 session) $50
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DOUG MACLEOD WORKSHOP ★ ★ ☆
Doug MacLeod is a prolific singer, songwriter, engaging storyteller, and masterful guitarist that was raised in the blues and is rooted in the American tradition. He recently won the 2018 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Album Of The Year 'Break The Chain' and the 2017 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year. His songs have been recorded by blues giants like Albert Collins and Albert King. Bill Dahl of Living Blues says, "Cross and extraordinary acoustic blues guitarist with a savvy singer-songwriter and you've got Doug MacLeod." Delta blues legend David Honeyboy Edwards declared, "Doug MacLeod, now there's a man who can really play the blues."

In this workshop Doug will be teaching his unique tuning he calls 'Too Many D's'. A tuning that can be either major or minor and can simulate the sound of a 12 string guitar on a 6 string guitar. Doug will cover single string lines, octaves, and bottleneck techniques in this unique tuning. He likes to say that he teaches tools not licks so the student can find his own musical voice and the feeling that lives behind the notes.

After a workshop with Doug MacLeod the student comes away with not only a whole new batch of tools, but with an insight to the music. and its philosophy that could only be learned by a man who had been there.

Plus, the students have fun. With his stories and sense of humor the students come to find that Doug is an engaging teacher as he is a performer

Doug MacLeod 3:00 - 4:30 PM Sunday, Aug 25 (1 session) $50
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BEGINNING MANDOLIN ★ ☆ ☆
Is mandolin just for bluegrass and Italian songs? No way! It's also heard in rock, country, folk, jazz, and swing. You'll learn songs in all these styles from Fred, as well as how to get around the instrument in several keys, and even how to improvise, so you can (gasp!) play with other people. The mando may be small, but there's a world of music in there, and this is a great way to get started. As a bonus, you're invited to bring in tunes you'd like to play, and Fred will try to include them in the class.
Fred Sokolow 6:30 - 8:00 PM Wednesdays, Sep 4 - Oct 9 (6 sessions) $150
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BLUES & ROCK VOCAL WORKSHOP W/ LAWRENCE LEBO ★ ☆ ☆
If you’ve ever wanted to learn to sing blues and rock, then this is the workshop for you! Blues recording artist Ms. Lawrence Lebo breaks down the mechanics of singing blues and rock styles in this fun and relaxing lecture style workshop. The class will cover the five main defining singing techniques in the blues/rock singer’s bag … and a whole lot more!

Lawrence’s latest award winning, critically acclaimed CD "OLD SCHOOL GIRL" enjoyed lengthy success on Blues and Soul/Blues Charts.

Lawrence will be in concert here at McCabe's on Friday, September 6th. Planning to attend both the workshop and the concert? McCabe's is offering a workshop and concert ticket bundle at a $10.00 savings!

Lawrence Lebo 7:30 - 8:30 PM Wednesday, September 4 (1 session) $30 or get both the Friday, 10/6 concert and Wednesday, 9/4 workshop together for $45!
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BEATLES / STONES JAM ★ ★ ☆
All instruments welcome! Learn the classic rock tunes of the world's greatest rock bands. Fred will lay out the chord progressions and everybody will play the songs (all together now) and take turns soloing... if you want to solo! If you need some help with chord shapes or soloing ideas and techniques, the maestro is there to help. The class can help choose the song list.
Fred Sokolow 8:00 - 9:30 PM Wednesdays, Sep 4 - Oct 9 (6 sessions) $150
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DOBRO / LAP STEEL GUITAR ★ ☆ ☆
Lap-style Dobro and steel guitar are great in country music, blues, bluegrass, rock and just about any other musical genre (Fred has played both with the Tonight Show Band!). Bring a Dobro, lap steel, or any 6-string guitar with a slide and you'll learn the most popular tunings and how to get around in any key. Lots of licks, chords and solos.
Fred Sokolow 6:30 - 8:00 PM Thursdays, Sep 5 - Sep 19 (3 sessions) $90
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UNDERSTANDING CHORD PROGRESSIONS ★ ☆ ☆
It's easier to learn new songs in a variety of genres if you understand progressions. Yes, there is sense to it all and Fred will explain chord movement and song structure, the circle of 5ths, progressions, scale-wise patterns and more! Bring your favorite tunes to analyze, and learn to play 'em in any key. An excellent workshop. Open to all fretted instruments!
Fred Sokolow 8:00 - 9:30 PM Thursdays, Sep 5 - Sep 19 (3 sessions) $90
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HARMONICA FOR BEGINNERS ★ ☆ ☆
This beginning harmonica class is for all ages. No musical experience is required. You will need a decent quality diatonic harmonica in the key of C, which are available at McCabe's and can be purchased before class if you don't already own one.

Mimi is a professional diatonic harmonica player for over 4 years with numerous performances under her belt. A big fan of folk, blues, and country.
Mimi Mayer 12:00 - 1:30 PM Saturdays, Sep 7 - Oct 12 (6 sessions) $150
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BLUES JAM ★ ★ ☆
Electric guitars and acoustic guitars are welcome, as well as blues harp, bass, and anything else you like to play (sax, banjo, mandolin, uke, you name it). We'll explore the repertoire of BB, Albert and Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Clapton, Stevie, T-Bone Walker and all the blues greats (from the late '40s to the present). Fred can help you with chord progressions, soloing techniques, etc., but mostly it's a chance to jam and get used to playing great blues tunes with other people.
Fred Sokolow 1:00 - 2:30 PM Sundays, Sep 8 - Oct 13 (6 sessions) $150
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BEGINNING BANJO ★ ☆ ☆
In this 5-string class, you, the student, get to pick and choose the tunes as Fred introduces you to all kinds of banjo music: bluegrass, old-time, blues, Beatles, whatever! All the chords, strums and picking patterns you need. You'll be playing tunes at the first class.
Fred Sokolow 3:00 - 4:30 PM Sundays, Sep 8 - Oct 13 (6 sessions) $150
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BEGINNING GUITAR ★ ☆ ☆
Get started on the right foot with David Ellis, an accomplished classical guitarist who is also fluent in folk, blues, flamenco, and rock. He's taught hundreds of students over the last two decades, and he can teach you, too!
David Ellis 8:00 - 9:30 PM Mondays, Sep 9 - Oct 14 (6 sessions) $160
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AFTER SCHOOL GUITAR ★ ☆ ☆
Superstardom here you come! Have fun learning current tunes in this six week beginning class and get an exciting introduction to music. Student guitars available for rent (electrics, too). This class is intended for students ages 9 through 14.
David Ellis 4:00 - 5:00 PM Tuesdays, Sep 10 - Oct 15 (6 sessions) $110
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BEGINNING UKULELE ★ ☆ ☆
Ukulele - and serious? Can they go together? At first, you might think no. But then, when you see how ukulele has become a worldwide sensation, you might think again. If you want to have SERIOUS + FUN together, this is the class for you.

SERIOUS: This is not the repetitive, same, three-chord experience you find for free on the Interwebs. You will learn great songs in different keys, a variety of strumming patterns, and how to play scales and read tablature.

FUN: We'll have a great time exploring songs from the roaring 1920s to the swinging 1940s, to the rockin 1960s and beyond, with a slice of Latin and reggae on the side.

UKULELE = SERIOUS + FUN!

Steve Rose 8:00 - 9:30 PM Wednesdays, Sep 18 - Oct 23 (6 sessions) $160
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SAW SEMINAR ★ ☆ ☆
Get ready to scare your friends, family and neighbors with the horrifying sounds of the musical saw! Start with spooky sounds and slide into some scary melodies in this workshop for beginning, intermediate and advanced players.
Danny Moynahan 2:00 - 3:30 PM Saturday, Oct 12 (1 session) $40
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ONGOING MCCABE'S RECORDING STUDIO ★ ★ ★
Are you overflowing with ideas and ready to commit them to the recording process? Join up with Pete Snell at McCabe's Guitar Shop for a one-on-one study on recording piano, guitar and voice. Come prepared to record your music with the best in microphones, mic pre amps, and professional digital software. At the end of each session you will walk out with a CD (or flash drive, if you prefer) of your finished music, ready to be distributed for fame and fortune. Pete Snell has recorded the music of both local and international artists at his Santa Monica recording studio, as well as playing as a session musician for many popular acts (Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, John Denver and many others).
Pete Snell By Appointment Only (2hr limit per session) $75/hr
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ONGOING HARMONICA WORKSHOP ★ ★ ☆
Here's your chance to better your harmonica skills AND have fun. This class is designed for advanced beginners, intermediate or advanced players. Lots of jamming, new techniques, theory and more. Come in and watch any time without charge. Please contact Dave at https://harmonicalessons.com/contact.html BEFORE signing up.
Dave Gage 6:30 - 8:00 PM Every Tuesday (for each month) $150
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Classes Currently In Session


INTRO TO UKULELE ★ ☆ ☆
Join the ukulele revolution! Fred will show you the basic chords and strums you need to play all kinds of genres. Ukulele is easier than any other stringed instrument to get started on; it's inexpensive, portable and has become quite a social phenomenon. Countless strum-and-sing along groups are popping up everywhere. Get on board!
Fred Sokolow 1:00 - 2:30 PM Sundays, Jul 14 - Aug 18 (6 sessions) $150

BLUEGRASS JAM ★ ★ ☆
Finally, a place for beginning and intermediate bluegrassers to learn to jam, using standard tunes that everybody plays. All bluegrass instruments welcome. We'll start with slow tempos, and kick it up a notch when (if) the class wants to do so. Emphasis on ensemble playing (soloing optional).
Fred Sokolow 3:00 - 4:30 PM Sundays, Jul 14 - Aug 18 (6 sessions) $150

BEGINNING GUITAR ★ ☆ ☆
Get started on the right foot with David Ellis, an accomplished classical guitarist who is also fluent in folk, blues, flamenco, and rock. He's taught hundreds of students over the last two decades, and he can teach you, too!
David Ellis 8:00 - 9:30 PM Mondays, Jul 22 - Aug 26 (6 sessions) $160
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GUITAR 2: ADVANCED BEGINNERS AND PREMATURE INTERMEDIATES ★ ★ ☆
Add style and technique to your playing. You'll improve on all you know while learning new guitar skills and new songs. Lots of fun and highly recommended.
Cheryl Saunders 8:00 - 9:30 PM Tuesdays, Aug 6 - Sep 10 (6 sessions) $150
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GUITAR 2.5: MORE GUITAR WITH CHERYL ★ ★ *
This is the class that naturally follows Cheryl's "Guitar 2" class, and is just a little more challenging (hence the 2 1/2 guitar rating). Delve into more advanced songs and a bit of theory. Learn bass runs, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Become friendly with barre chords. Start to sound like a professional.
Cheryl Saunders 8:00 - 9:30 PM Thursdays, Aug 8 - Sep 12 (6 sessions) $150
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Group Lesson Policy
Save your place by enrolling early. Drop by the shop, or call us at (310) 828-4497. Be aware that classes with very low turnouts may be canceled (but it doesn't happen too often). And don't forget to practice!
Rental Policy
1. We only rent to students currently taking lessons at MCCabe's.
2. We rent for a minimum of three months.
3. We rent anything that retails for $500.00 or less (with some occasional exceptions).
4. The rate is 30% of the cost of instrument and case. (We will not rent without a case unless the customer already has a suitable case.)
5. The first three months' payment can apply toward purchase on that instrument or one of higher value.
6. One may continue renting at the rate of 10% per month after the initial three-month period. However, these payments do not apply toward purchase.
7. One must have a Credit card valid for at least 12 months.
8. Students with a valid school ID may extend their rental for the length of the current semester at no extra charge.