Group Lessons

SAW SEMINAR
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
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
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
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
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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GUITAR 2: ADVANCED BEGINNERS AND PREMATURE INTERMEDIATES JUST ADDED!
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 29 - Mar 5 (6 sessions) $150
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GUITAR 2.5: MORE GUITAR WITH CHERYL JUST ADDED!
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 31 - Mar 14 (skips 2/14) (6 sessions) $150
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HARMONICA FOR BEGINNERS JUST ADDED!
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 1:00 - 2:30 PM Saturdays, Feb 2 - Mar 9 (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. 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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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.