Group Lessons

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, Sep 17 - Oct 22 (6 sessions) $150
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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, Sep 18 - Oct 23 (6 sessions) $110
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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, Sep 19 - Oct 24 (6 sessions) $160
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INTRO TO L.A. URBAN / MOUNTAIN 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, Sep 23 (1 session) $35
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CHUCK BERRY STYLINGS / JAM JUST ADDED!
Guitar players, let's honor Chuck by learning his tunes, licks and overall guitar approach. His unique blues-based style is the foundation of rock guitar; you're not a rock guitarist unless you know how to play Chuck's riffs. Fred will show you how to play the classic hits, and you'll also learn how to jam in his inimitable style (duck-walking optional). Lots of playing, jamming and instruction. Bring a friend!
Fred Sokolow 1:00 - 2:30 PM Sunday, Sep 23 (1 session) $40
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L.A. URBAN / MOUNTAIN 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, Sep 23 (1 session) $35
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ROCKABILLY GUITAR JUST ADDED!
This exciting combination of country, blues and R&B is where rock guitar began, and it's still as fun and fresh as it was in the '50s. Acoustic and electric players will learn all the basics, including licks, scales, chords and picking patterns for solos and backup in the styles of Carl Perkins, Scotty Moore, Buddy Holly, etc.
Fred Sokolow 6:30 - 8:00 PM Tuesdays, Sep 25 - Oct 9 (3 sessions) $90
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BLUES JAM JUST ADDED!
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 Tuesdays, Sep 25 - Oct 9 (3 sessions) $90
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SONGWRITER SHOWCASE JUST ADDED!
Coming on the heels of his New Songs Now class, Tom Zehnder offers an opportunity to write, fine tune, prep and then perform on the McCabe's stage. Five Thursday 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.
Tom Zehnder 8:00 - 9:30 PM Thursdays Sep 27 – Nov 1 (6 sessions) $275 (an optional video editing fee of $100 is required to obtain a video edit of your performance)
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DOBRO / LAPSTEEL GUITAR JUST ADDED!
Lap-style Dobro and steel guitar are great in country music, blues, bluegrass, rock and just about any other musical genre (Fred has played both with the Tonight Show Band!). Bring a Dobro, lap steel, or any 6-string guitar with a slide and you'll learn the most popular tunings and how to get around in any key. Lots of licks, chords and solos.
Fred Sokolow 6:30 - 8:00 PM Wednesdays, Oct 3 & Oct 10 (2 sessions) $70
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CLASSIC COUNTRY JAM JUST ADDED!
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 8:00 - 9:30 PM Wednesdays, Oct 3 & Oct 10 (2 sessions) $70
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CLASSIC SONG INTROS JUST ADDED!
The songs from the "great American songbook" (the 20s, 30s, & 40s) all had introductory verses that have been forgotten... but we can recall them, and they make a song twice as interesting and fun! They have a completely different melody and chord progression than the choruses we all know. Fred will show you the verse/intros to classics like Over the Rainbow, As Time Goes By, Side by Side, Georgie On My Mind and many more... songs you've heard all your life just get better! You can use the handouts to play along, and learn some fancy jazzy chords. ALL INSTRUMENTS WELCOME!
Fred Sokolow 1:00 - 2:30 PM Sunday, Oct 7 (1 session) $40
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HAWAIIAN SONGS FOR UKULELE JUST ADDED!
Learn the hapa-haoli classics like Blue Hawaii, Little Brown Gal, Tiny Bubbles and of course, Aloha Oe... and many more. Sing and strum them and learn to play a few solos as well. Every ukulele player should know these songs! You'll get music handouts for the tunes and hints about chords, fingerings, etc.
Fred Sokolow 3:00 - 4:30 PM Sunday, Oct 7 (1 session) $40
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SAW SEMINAR JUST ADDED!
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 1:00 - 2:30 PM Saturday, Oct 13 (1 session) $40
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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, Oct 23 - Nov 27 (6 sessions) $150
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BLUES & ROCK VOCAL WORKSHOP JUST ADDED!
If you’ve ever wanted to learn to sing Blues and Rock, then this is the workshop for you! Blues recording artists Ms. Lawrence Lebo breaks down the mechanics of singing Blues and Rock styles in this fun and relaxing lecture style workshop. The class will cover the five main defining singing techniques in the blues/rock singer’s bag … and a whole lot more!

Lawrence’s new CD “OLD SCHOOL GIRL” is currently climbing the Blues and Soul/Blues Charts. She will be in concert here at McCabe’s on Sunday, Nov. 4th.
Lawrence Lebo 8:00 - 9:00 PM Thursday, Nov 1 (1 session) $40
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HARMONICA FOR BEGINNERS
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, Nov 3 - Dec 8 (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, Nov 8 - Dec 20 (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. Lots of jamming, new techniques, theory and more. Come in and watch any time without charge. Please call Dave at (818) 710-7979 BEFORE signing up.
Dave Gage 6:30 - 8:00 PM Every Tuesday (for each month) $110
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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.