Group Lessons

Upcoming Classes


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 6:30 - 8:00 PM Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 (6 sessions) $150
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FRETBOARD ROADMAPS FOR GUITAR ★ ★ ☆
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 8:00 - 9:30 PM Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Nov 13 (4 sessions) $110
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SONGWRITER SHOWCASE ★ ★ ☆
Tom Zehnder offers an opportunity to write, fine tune, prep and then perform on the McCabe's stage. Five Wednesday night sessions will be devoted to songwriting theory, analysis, practice, polishing and the last, sixth session will feature each student in concert on the famous stage. A professional sound technician will mix and video the performance. This group class is geared for the beginning to intermediate songwriter who is comfortable accompanying her/himself. Meet other writers, gain from supportive and constructive critique, develop your own song(s) while hearing other songs emerge from other writers, then invite your friends to the free concert! Class is limited to 8 participants, ages 16 and up. Applicants must audition Wednesday night October 16 between 8 PM - 9 PM. Tom Zehnder will notify those applicants who win access to the class.
Tom Zehnder 8:00 - 9:30 PM Wednesdays Oct 23 – Nov 13, Dec 4 - Dec 11 (skip 11/20, 11/27) (6 sessions) $275 (an optional video editing fee of $150 is required to obtain a video edit of your performance)
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GUITAR SOLOING ★ ★ ☆
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, Oct 24 - Dec 5 (skips Nov 28) (6 sessions) $150
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CLASSIC ROCK JAM ★ ★ ☆
We're talking rockabilly, Motown, British Invasion, soul music...the best rock & R&B ever! Whether you can barely keep up with the chord changes or you're anxious to solo, this class is for you... no matter what instrument you play (acoustic or electric guitar, uke, banjo, sax, piano, mandolin, violin, bass, Dobro, lap steel). Think: Elvis, Chuck Berry, Otis Redding, the Kinks, Dylan, it's endless!
• Fred writes the chords on the blackboard
• He offers soloing tips if you like
• It's the most organic way to learn
• You get used to playing with other people in a totally supportive environment
Fred Sokolow 8:00 - 9:30 PM Thursdays, Oct 24 - Dec 5 (skips Nov 28) (6 sessions) $150
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CLASSIC COUNTRY JAM ★ ★ ☆
Whatever instrument you play, here's your chance to learn to jam with other players, or hone your chops if you already know how, in the most supportive environment imaginable. Learn to play the real country songs of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Ernest Tubb, Buck Owens, Roy Acuff and others. They are mostly simple, 3- or 4-chord tunes! Fred spells out the progressions and you take turns playing backup and soloing (only if you want to) on the best country music there is.
Fred Sokolow 1:00 - 2:30 PM Sundays, Oct 27 - Dec 8 (skips Nov 17) (6 sessions) $150
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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, Oct 27 - Dec 8 (skips Nov 17) (6 sessions) $150
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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, Nov 3 (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, Nov 3 (1 session) $35
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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, Nov 5 - Dec 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, Nov 7 - Dec 12 (6 sessions) $150
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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, Nov 9 - Dec 14 (6 sessions) $150
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BLUEGRASS TO BALLADRY: SINGING FOR BLUEGRASS AND FOLK STYLES ★ ☆ ☆
Acclaimed Los Angeles powerhouse vocalist Susie Glaze shows you how to use your voice for bluegrass and folk singing styles, with a focus on how classic vocal tecnnique translates into producing sounds for folk and bluegrass genres of music. This hour-and-a-half workshop goes to the heart of essentials for singing and performing. Workshop will include topics such as breath control, phrasing, sound production tecniques, ear training, tone placement, emotiomal connection and a little cultural back story for added interest and scholarship. Songs will come from the bluegrass, folk revival and mountain standard catalogues, including the Carter Family, Pete Seeger, Jean Ritchie, and Bill Monroe classic collections. Song sheets and handouts will be provided.
Susie Glaze 2:00 - 3:30 PM Sunday, Nov 10 (1 session) $50
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INTRO TO FINGERPICKING FOR UKULELE ★ ★ ☆
Strumming is not the only way to play the ukulele. Fingerpicking is another very popular technique for getting a little more music out of your uke. When fingerpicking, the player uses fingers of the right hand, individually and in groups, to pluck at the strings. This creates a lighter, more airy sound than strumming and can be very effective. In this workshop, we will introduce some basic building blocks that can be used to learn common fingerpicking to use with any chord progression or songs you already know. These include basic arpeggio patterns, waltz patterns, alternating thumb patterns, and basic Travis picking, among others. Join us and add another dimension to your ukulele sound “pallet”.
Craig McClelland 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Sunday, Nov 17 (1 session) $40
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UKULELE FROM SCRATCH - FREE BEGINNERS WORKSHOP ★ ☆ ☆
This recipe uses only two ingredients: you and your new uke! We will start making music together right away, adding one skill at a time until you can play literally hundreds of songs. It seems too good to be true, but that is the magic of the ukulele.
Heidi Swedberg loves working with absolute beginners, making the complicated simple and fun, and sharing their joy of musical discovery. Gestalts and laughs a plenty! Let's get cookin'!
Heidi Swedberg 12:00 - 1:00 PM Sunday, Nov 17 (1 session) FREE!
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FLAMENCO SEVILLANAS FOR UKULELE ★ ★ ☆
In this workshop, we’ll learn two short traditional songs in the flamenco style that is named after the town they came from…Sevilla. There are hundreds of these songs that all share the same form. They are easy to learn and combine a tasty right hand strum with Spanish melodies. They can be played solo or as a duet or group as well, and will lead to hours of fun long after we class is over.
Daniel Ward 1:00 - 2:15 PM Sunday, Nov 17 (1 session) $40
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BEGINNING CHORD MELODIES FOR UKULELE ★ ★ ☆
You can play melodies and you can play chords, but can you do them at the same time? YES you can- and Sarah will show you how easy it can be. This class is perfect for those that have been intimidated by Chord Melody and have always wanted to try it.
Sarah Maisel 3:00 - 4:15 PM Sunday, Nov 17 (1 session) $40
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INTRO TO SOLOING/THEORY FOR UKULELE ★ ★ ☆
Ever wonder how the pros do it? Craig will show you the tricks to starting your solos. Whether it’s playing solo, or jamming with others, he will get you feeling confident about your skills. He will take you through some basic music theory to get you comfortable with the ideas behind soloing first. Utilizing drills and exercises that are fun and easy to practice, you’ll have a blast in this class. Get out of your strumming rut and start soloing!
Craig Chee 4:30 - 5:45 PM Sunday, Nov 17 (1 session) $40
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McUKE FEST 2019 FULL-DAY PACKAGE ★ ★ ☆
**INCLUDES ALL CLASSES & CONCERTS!!**
McUke Fest 2019 ALL DAY Pass Includes:
Heidi Swedberg & The Sukey Jump Band Concert and Ukulele Petting Zoo 10:30 AM
Intro To Fingerpicking For Ukulele with Craig McClelland 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Flamenco Sevillanas For Ukulele with Daniel Ward 1:00 - 2:15 PM
Beginning Chord Melodies For Ukulele with Sarah Maisel 3:00 - 4:15 PM
Intro to Soloing/Theory For Ukulele with Craig Chee 3:30 - 4:45 PM
McUke Fest 2019 All-Star Ukulele Concert featuring: Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel, Alex de Grassi, Craig McClelland, Daniel Ward and special guest Superbroke 8:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:30 PM Sunday, Nov 17 (1 session) $160
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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


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

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

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

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

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

KID ROW ★ ☆ ☆
Which program is right for me?

BABY ROW + 1 (Ages 0-3 + Parent or Guardian)
Designed for tiny rockers and a parent in a fun, interactive group setting.
9:30 - 10:15 AM Sundays, Sept 8 - Dec 15
$150/month includes one weekly 45 minute session/week

LITTLE-KID ROW (Ages 3-6)
Introductory group lessons teaching future rockers basic musical principles through music and movement.
10:15 - 11:00 AM Sundays, Sept 8 - Dec 15
OR 11:15 - 12:00 AM Sundays, Sept 8 - Dec 15
OR 3:30 - 4:15 PM Mondays, Sept 9 - Dec 15
$150/month includes one 45 minute weekly band rehearsal

KID ROW (Ages 6 - 17)
Students are learning the songs that they love, coupled with rock 'n' roll classics in a band setting.
12:00 - 1:30 PM Sundays, Sept 8 - Dec 15
OR 1:45 - 3:15 PM Sundays, Sept 8 - Dec 15
OR 4:15 - 5:45 PM or 5:45 - 7:15 PM Mondays, Sept 9 - Dec 15
$300/month includes one 90 minute weekly band rehearsal

BIG-KID ROW (Ages 18+)
‘Cause parents gotta rock too! Students are learning the songs that they love, coupled with rock 'n' roll classics in a band setting.
7:15 - 8:30 PM Mondays, Sept 9 - Dec 15
$200/month includes one 75 minute weekly band rehearsal

ALL PROGRAMS CULMINATE WITH A FULL-ON ROCK SHOW!
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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

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

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 30 (skips Oct 23) (6 sessions) $160
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.