Current Group Lessons
UNDERSTANDING CHORD PROGRESSIONS JUST ADDED!It's easier to learn new songs, pop, rock, jazz or whatever, 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.
Fred Sokolow 1:00-2:30 PM Sundays, Aug 6 - Aug 27 (3 sessions, skips August 20) $90
FRETBOARD ROADMAPS JUST ADDED!Finally, learn the "secrets of the pros" that help you play lead and rhythm in all keys, all over the fretboard! You'll understand chord progressions and expand your chord vocabulary. Guitar music theory will make sense out of all those strings and frets and chords and scales.
Fred Sokolow 3:00-4:30 PM Sundays, Aug 6 - Sep 3 (4 sessions, skips August 20) $110
BEGINNING BANJO JUST ADDED!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 6:30-8:00 PM Tuesdays, Aug 8 - Sept 12 (6 sessions)
BLUEGRASS JAM JUST ADDED!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 8:00-9:30 PM Tuesdays, Aug 8 - Sept 12 (6 sessions) $150
BOTTLENECK / SLIDE GUITAR JUST ADDED!Learn to play slide in open tunings (E, D, A, G) and standard tuning in the styles of Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Elmore James, Duane Allman, and all the great acoustic and electric players. Classic slide licks sound great in blues, rock and country music. Even if you've never played slide before, this will get you off on the right foot.
Fred Sokolow 6:30 - 8:00 PM Wednesday, Aug 9 - Aug 23 (3 sessions)
BLUES JAM JUST ADDED!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 8:00 - 9:30 PM Wednesdays, Aug 9 - Sept 13 (6 sessions) $150
INTRO TO L.A. MOUNTAIN/URBAN DULCIMER CLUBThis hour-long session is designed to prepare beginners to participate more fully in the club meeting that immediately follows (1:30-3 pm). Joellen will teach mountain dulcimer basics: how to tune, two basic strums, a fingerpicking pattern, how to read tablature, and a song.
Joellen Lapidus 12:30-1:30 pm Sunday, Aug 27 (1 session) $25
L.A. MOUNTAIN/URBAN DULCIMER CLUBMeet other dulcimer players, learn new tunes, share new techniques, tunings, and recordings. All levels welcome. Our goal is to increase our enjoyment of the mountain dulcimer and meet other players with similar interests. Facilitated by Joellen Lapidus. For more information call Joellen at (310) 474-1123.
Joellen Lapidus 1:30-3 pm Sunday, Aug 27 (1 session) $30
DOBRO / LAP STEEL JUST ADDED!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 Wednesdays, Aug 30 - Sept 13 (3 sessions)
ONGOING HARMONICA WORKSHOPHere's your chance to better your harmonica skills AND have fun. Lots of jamming, new techniques, theory and more. Come in and watch any time without charge. Please call Dave at (818) 710-7979 BEFORE signing up.
Dave Gage 6:30-8:00 PM Every Tuesday $110 (for each month)
Group Lesson Policy
Come to any full-length class (8 weeks) and don't pay until the 2nd week. Please pay up front for shorter classes and workshops. 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!
1. We rent for a minimum of three months.
2. We rent anything that retails for $500.00 or less (with some occasional exceptions).
3. 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.)
4. The first three months' payment can apply toward purchase on that instrument or one of higher value.
5. 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.
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