Group Lessons

INTRO TO L.A. MOUNTAIN / URBAN DULCIMER CLUB
This hour-long session is designed to prepare beginners to participate more fully in the club meeting that immediately follows (1:30 - 3:00 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, Jan 6 (1 session) $35
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L.A. MOUNTAIN / URBAN DULCIMER CLUB
Meet 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 - 2:30 PM Sunday, Jan 6 (1 session) $35
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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, Jan 7 - Feb 11 (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, Jan 8 - Feb 12 (6 sessions) $110
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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 Wednesdays, Jan 9 - Jan 23 (3 sessions) $90
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OLDIES JAM JUST ADDED!
Come find out why the oldies are goodies. We'll jam to the tunes that gave birth to rock & roll: Little Richard, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, not to mention the doo-wop groups and lots more! Fred will write the chord changes to each tune up on the blackboard and help you with any mystery chords. All instruments welcome.
Fred Sokolow 8:00 - 9:30 PM Wednesdays, Jan 9 - Feb 13 (6 sessions) $150
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GUITAR SOLOING JUST ADDED!
Whether you play blues, jazz, rock, country, bluegrass or you-name-it, the strategies Fred shows you will enable you to ad-lib solos all over the fretboard, in any key, and (get this) actually know what you're doing! Lots of jamming as well as theory, licks, scales, and chord-based solo techniques. Learn how to express yourself! Bring recordings of your favorite solos and find out what the player was thinking.
Fred Sokolow 6:30 - 8:00 PM Thursdays Jan 10 - Feb 14 (6 sessions) $150
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BLUES UKULELE JUST ADDED!
Everybody gets the blues sometimes (to quote Merle Haggard), and the best way to lose the blues is to play it. Besides teaching you some classic blues tunes, Fred will show you how to strum movable chords to a 12 bar blues in any key and give you some classic licks and scales for jamming with your friends! Tab will be handed out so you can practice in the days and weeks to come after the session.
Fred Sokolow 8:00 - 9:30 PM Thursday, Jan 10 (1 session) $40
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SAW SEMINAR JUST ADDED!
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 3:00 - 4:30 PM Saturday, Jan 12 (1 session) $40
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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 1:00 - 2:30 PM Sundays, Jan 13 - Feb 17 (6 sessions) $150
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BEGINNING MANDOLIN JUST ADDED!
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 3:00 - 4:30 PM Sundays, Jan 13 - Feb 17 (6 sessions) $150
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HOW TO SOLO ON UKULELE JUST ADDED!
Strumming is fun, but you and the ukulele can do so much more! Learn how to play solos (with other people or by yourself). Fred shows you several approaches using songs of all genres. Learn blues boxes, chord based licks, "Steve Cropper" licks, first position, and movable major scales... and much more!
Fred Sokolow 8:00 - 9:30 PM Thursday, Jan 17 (1 session) $40
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UKULELE JAM PLUS JUST ADDED!
Play and sing along with Fred on a wide variety of songs (no genre left untapped) including ones YOU suggest. Everyone gets a chance to solo, too, if they want to. Fred will write the changes on the board and help with any mysterious chord shapes. He'll also offer lots of suggestions on how to take your backup and your soloing to the next level (play all over the fretboard & learn soloing strategies). We'll play blues, classic rock, Tin Pan Alley, country, swing, bluegrass, you name it.
Fred Sokolow 8:00 - 9:30 PM Thursdays, Jan 24 - Feb 28 (6 sessions) $150
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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. 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 (for each month) $110
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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 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.
6. One must have a Credit card valid for at least 12 months.
7. Students with a valid school ID may extend their rental for the length of the current semester at no extra charge.