Group Lessons

Upcoming Classes

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

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, Nov 11 - Dec 16 (6 sessions) $160

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

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 5 (5 sessions) $125

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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.