Group Lessons

Upcoming Classes

Here is your chance to learn the ancient art of Tuvan throat singing from Aidyn Byrtaan-ool, a member of the world renowned ensemble Chirgilchin. In this two-hour introductory workshop students will cover the main techniques and styles of throat singing, including khoomei, sygyt, and kargyraa. All ages and skill levels are welcome.
Aidyn Byrtaan-ool 1:00 - 3:00 PM Saturday, July 20 (1 session) $60

Yuliyana is a virtuoso in the art of the khomus, the national instrument of the Sakha Republic. It functions much like a Jew’s harp, but differs in several respects. A conventional Jew’s harp is limited in range, volume, and pitch. The khomus is loud and strikingly expansive in range. Yuliyana’s skill allows her to play sounds across about three octaves. She was the winner of the Ethnic Sound category in the Discovery International Music Pop Festival in Varna, Bulgaria. Yuliyana has performed in Korea, France, Germany, Belgium, USA, Japan, China, Thailand, Holland, Norway, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, and Turkmenistan. Her music draws on the powers of Nature and the wisdom and traditions of the Yakut people to portray the timeless relationship between Man and the Universe. The workshop will cover exercises to improve stamina and introduce people to the different sounds possible on the khomus. By the end of the lesson, students will know the techniques they need to create a short composition for the khomus.
Footage of Yuliyana teaching at her school in Yakutia:
Yuliyana Krivoshapkina 1:00 - 3:00 PM Sunday, July 21 (1 session) $60

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

Suitable for guitarists who know flameco and want to refine technique and style; and for other music style guitarists who are interested in learning flamenco style.

- Correct hand position for the development of flamenco technique
- Finger exercises based on flamenco rhythms
- Rasgueos
Practice, through flasetas from flamenco styles.

INTERMEDIATE 1:10-2:10pm
- A fragment of maestro Roriguez exercise "Casablanca"
- Solea arpeggios
- Falseta de Taranta
José Antonio Rodríguez 12:00 - 2:10 PM Saturday, Jul 27 (1 session) $60

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

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

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

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

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 BEFORE signing up.
Dave Gage 6:30 - 8:00 PM Every Tuesday (for each month) $150

Classes Currently In Session

60'S - 70'S JAM ★ ★ ☆
All instruments welcome. Come jam to the songs of Carole King, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, James Brown... an endless list of classic artists. You'll have a great time playing great rock, pop, and soul songs; you can even request your favorites! Fred writes the chord changes on the board and helps you with chord shapes and soloing ideas... if you want to solo. Join the party!
Fred Sokolow 8:00 - 9:30 PM Wednesdays, Jul 10 - Aug 14 (6 sessions) $150

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 Thursdays, Jul 11 - Jul 25 (3 sessions) $90

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 8:00 - 9:30 PM Thursdays, Jul 11 - Aug 15 (6 sessions) $150

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

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

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.