BEGINNING MANDOLIN ★ ☆ ☆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 6:30 - 8:00 PM Thursdays, May 23 - Jun 27 (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 1:00 - 2:30 PM Sundays, May 26 - Jun 30 (6 sessions) $150
BLUES UKULELE ★ ☆ ☆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 3:00 - 4:30 PM Sunday, May 26 (1 session) $40
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 6:30 - 8:00 PM Wednesdays, May 29 - Jun 19 (4 sessions) $110
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 8:00 - 9:30 PM Wednesdays, May 29 - Jul 3 (6 sessions) $150
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, Jun 3 - Jul 8 (6 sessions) $160
FREE INDIAN RHYTHM WORKSHOP ★ ☆ ☆Fundamentals of Indian percussion. Bring your hand drum (tabla will be provided). Learn Indian beat cycles known as tala. Learn to both recite spoken notes called bols, and play basic compositions on Tabla (Indian hand drum) and other percussion. Followed by a Q & A session.
Neel Agrawal & LAIMA Staff 12:00 - 1:30 PM Sunday, Jun 9 (1 session)
FREE! (...but please RSVP)
INTRODUCTION TO TABLA ★ ☆ ☆Learn basic percussion compositions and improvisational techniques on tabla.
Neel Agrawal 1:45 - 2:45 PM Sunday, Jun 9 (1 session) $40
FREE INDIAN MELODIC WORKSHOP ★ ☆ ☆Learn how to construct melodies using the Indian system of Raga. Participants will play/sing specific notes from Indian music scales/Ragas. Melodic Instrumentalists/Vocalists of all backgrounds and levels welcome. Followed by a Q&A session.
Rajib Karmakar & LAIMA Staff 3:00 - 4:30 PM Sunday, Jun 9 (1 session)
FREE! (...but please RSVP)
INTRODUCTION TO SITAR/MELODIC INSTRUMENTS ★ ☆ ☆Intro to Indian Classical melodic structure on Sitar. Other melodic instruments also welcome.
Rajib Karmakar 4:45 - 5:45 PM Sunday, Jun 9 (1 session) $40
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, Jun 25 - Jul 30 (6 sessions) $110
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, Aug 6 - Sep 10 (6 sessions) $150
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
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
Group Lesson PolicySave 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 Policy1. 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.