Group Lessons

Upcoming Classes


CHORD SOLOING ON UKULELE ★ ★ ☆
Strumming a uke is fun, but if you've seen some of the current crop of uke virtuosos, you know there's more to it than that! You can learn to play beautiful solos on the ukulele, playing melody and chords at the same time, like a guitar or piano – it's not rocket science, and Fred will get you started. You'll learn some easy-to-play chord solos and also some exercises to help you learn how to make up your own chord melody arrangements. Expand your uke horizons!
Fred Sokolow 8:00 - 9:30 PM Thursday, Jan 9 (1 session) $40
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TUVAN INSTRUMENT & THROAT SINGING MASTERCLASS WITH NACHYN CHOREVE ★ ☆ ☆
Nachyn Choreve is a soloist in the Tuvan State Philharmonic and frontman of Tuvan psychedelic rock band Hartyga. Nachyn began touring as a professional musician at just 16, and as a member of Hartyga has collaborated with musicians around the world.
Here is your chance to learn the ancient art of Tuvan throat singing and Tuvan instruments with Hartyga. This introductory masterclass will show you the main styles of throat singing, and the traditional instruments igil and doshpoulour. All ages and skill levels are welcome.
Nachyn Choreve 1:00 - 3:00 PM Sunday, Jan 19 (1 session) $60
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KHOMUS (SAKHA JAW HARP) MASTERCLASS WITH YULIYANA KRIVOSHAPKINA ★ ☆ ☆
Yuliyana is a virtuoso in the art of the khomus, the national instrument of the Sakha Republic. It functions much like a Jaw harp, but differs in several respects. A conventional Jaw 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 3:00 - 5:00 PM Sunday, Jan 19 (1 session) $60
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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 6:30 - 8:00 PM Wednesday, Jan 22 - Feb 5 (3 sessions) $90
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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 8:00 - 9:30 PM Wednesdays, Jan 22 - Feb 26 (6 sessions) $150
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ELECTRIC BLUES GUITAR ★ ★ ☆
Improvise in the styles of B.B.King, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Eric Clapton and other greats. Learn rhythm and lead with an emphasis on improvisational playing.
Fred Sokolow 6:30 - 8:00 PM Thursday, Jan 23 - Feb 27 (6 sessions) $150
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BOTTLENECK / SLIDE GUITAR ★ ★ ☆
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 8:00 - 9:30 PM Thursday, Jan 23 - Feb 6 (3 sessions) $90
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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, Jan 23 - Feb 27 (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, Jan 26 (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 26 (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, Jan 28 - Mar 10 (skips Feb 4) (6 sessions) $150
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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, Jan 29 - Mar 4 (6 sessions) $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


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, Jan 5 - Apr 25
$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, Jan 5 - Apr 25
OR 11:15 - 12:00 AM Sundays, Jan 5 - Apr 25
$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, Jan 5 - Apr 25
OR 1:30 - 3:00 PM Sundays, Jan 5 - Apr 25
$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.
6:30 - 7:45 PM Wednesdays, Jan 8 - Apr 25
$200/month includes one 75 minute weekly band rehearsal

ALL PROGRAMS CULMINATE WITH A FULL-ON ROCK SHOW!
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SLIDE UKULELE ★ ★ ☆
If you're ready to up the ante on your playing consider learning how to play slide ukulele, a technique that will enhance any and all blues, Hawaiian, and country music. In this workshop Fred will teach you slide ukulele in standard and open tuning. Please bring your own glass slide, metal slide, or bottleneck.
Fred Sokolow 6:30 - 8:00 PM Wednesday, Jan 8 (1 session) $40

BEGINNING GUITAR ★ ☆ ☆
What better way to start the new year than to learn how to play the guitar. Haven't you always wanted to do this? Well now you can! Let me show you how! It's easier than you think and a lot of fun.
My name is Pete Steinberg and I am a five time winner of the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Fingerstyle Guitar competition and I have won the Utah and Wyoming state championships. I know what it is to learn guitar and I will provide a safe, comfortable, fun and unconditionally supportive environment for you. I will teach you all your major and minor chords in a way that makes sense and gets you playing right away; in fact, you'll play a song the first night! You'll learn accompaniment styles that include strums, arpeggios, bass lines and blues runs. When you play guitar at the next party, all your friends will count their lives as cheap that they had not been with you on this day.
Why wait? Yesterday is gone and tomorrow never comes. Act now! Get that big promotion! Earn big pay! Win the love of that special someone!
Pete Steinberg 8:00 - 9:30 PM Mondays, Jan 6 - Feb 10 (6 sessions) $160

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 3:00 - 4:30 PM Sunday, Jan 5 - Feb 9 (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, Jan 5 - Feb 9 (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.