Current Group Lessons

You've had a couple of classes, can make a bar chord pretty well, so what do you do now? Let ace picker, performer and Southwestern Finger-style Guitar champ Pete Steinberg show you how. Learn to use a flat pick effectively, and the fundamentals of finger picking. Learn the strums, chord progressions, bass lines, solo and accompaniment techniques necessary to be an effective player. This six week course will focus mainly on finger-style folk and blues styles. Lots of individual attention. It's fun, it's easy, it gets you on the right track and shows you how to get a lot of bang for the buck. A seventh class will be given as a pickin' party where you can use your new skills and get some extra coaching.
NOTE: This class takes place at Pete's house, NOT at McCabe's. Call 310-367-2220 for info.

Pete Steinberg 8:00-9:30 PM Tuesdays, Mar 28-May 2 (2 sessions left) $50 Sign Up
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 8:00-9:30 PM Tuesdays, Apr 11 - May 16 (4 sessions left) $100 Sign Up
Singing and fun! Dancing and fun!! Learning and fun!!! You and your child will enjoy music exploration with singing, dancing, chants, and fingerplays, instrument play, and improvisation, presented using a supportive, child-centered approach that reflects the way in which children learn and develop. It's 30 minutes of PURE FUN with your child every class!

McTOTS is offered every SECOND and FOURTH TUESDAY of the month. Each class session is limited to EIGHT enrolled children. Pre-registration by the Friday before each session begins is suggested. Non-refundable. Fee includes one adult and one child.

Lawrence Lebo 10:30 - 11:00 AM Tuesday, Apr 11 / Apr 25 (1 session) $25 per class Sign Up
Kids and adults, learn to play the ukulele in a DAY! Don't let that little instrument gather dust — come learn songs to get you started, and the secrets to allow you to play most any pop and folk song. See how fun and easy it can be in this 1-hour and 15-minute class designed to have you up and playing right away. Kids under 8 should be accompanied by a participating grown-up.

Heidi Swedberg 10:30-11:45 am Saturday Apr 22 (1 session) $40 Sign Up
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.

Fred Sokolow 6:30-8:00 PM Tuesdays, Apr 25 - May 16 (4 sessions) $110 Sign Up
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 6:30-8:00 PM Wednesdays, Apr 26-May 31 (6 sessions) $150 Sign Up
SWING JAM Just Added
If you are longing to hone your chops on the standards of Gershwin, Ellington, Cole Porter, or swing tunes of Brian Setzer or the '80s revival swing bands, this is the place to do it, with Fred giving you chord charts, helping you through the changes and offering playing tips. You can take turns soloing, or just play backup, in a supportive environment. Guitars, mandolins, ukes, bass, horns, harp, whatever you play, come help us swing through All Of Me, Lady Be Good, Paper Moon, Minor Swing, Don't Get Around Much, and other classics, plus any tunes you request as well.

Fred Sokolow 8:00-9:30 pm Wednesday, Apr 26-May 31 (6 sessions) $150 Sign Up
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, May 4-Jun 22 (8 sessions) $180 Sign Up
OLDIES (50'S ROCK) JAMJust Added
Come find out why the oldies are goodies. We'll jam to the tunes that gave birth to rock & roll: Little Richard, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, not to mention the doo-wop groups and lots more! Fred will write the chord changes to each tune up on the blackboard and help you with any mystery chords. All instruments welcome.

Fred Sokolow 1:00-2:30 PM Sundays, May 7 - June 18 skip May 14 (Mother's Day) (6 sessions) $150 Sign Up
60'S-70'S R&B JAMJust Added
Jam to the tunes of Motown (the Miracles, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder), Stax/Volt (Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas) plus Sam Cooke, Aretha, James Brown, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett & lots more...don't forget the girl groups (the Shirelles, Chiffons, Orlons, Supremes, Marvelettes, etc.). This was soul music at its height. Fred will write the chord changes on the board & we'll rock the place. All instruments welcome!

Fred Sokolow 3:00-4:30 PM Sundays, May 7 - June 18 skip May 14 (Mother's Day) (6 sessions) $150 Sign Up
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, May 15 - Jun 26 (6 sessions) $150 Sign Up
Superstardom here you come! Have fun learning current tunes in this 6-week beginning class and get an exciting introduction to music. Good student guitars available for rent (electrics, too).

David Ellis 4:00-5:00 PM Tuesdays, May 16 - June 20 (6 sessions) $110 Sign Up
Come together in this family oriented ukulele class. We'll start with simple 2 and 3-chord songs that will have everyone playing in the first lesson. From there pick up exotic right-hand technique, find your strum, and learn new songs! Parents can accompany kids five and up, while kids eight and older are welcome on their own. Even parents are welcome on their own! Got a song you just have to play? Suggest it, and we'll work it out with you! You'll leave McCabe's ready to have fun as a family ensemble!

Heidi Swedberg 10:30-11:15 AM Saturday, Jul 8-Jul 22 (3 sessions) $75 Sign Up
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 $110 (for each month) Sign Up
It's easier to learn new songs, pop, rock, jazz or whatever, 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.

Fred Sokolow 1:00-2:30 PM Sundays, Mar 26 - Apr 9 (3 sessions) $90 Call Us
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, Mar 28-May 2 (6 sessions) $150 Call Us
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, Mar 20-Apr 24 (6 sessions) Call Us
Superstardom here you come! Have fun learning current tunes in this 6-week beginning class and get an exciting introduction to music. Good student guitars available for rent (electrics, too).

David Ellis 4:00-5:00 PM Tuesdays, Mar 21-Apr 25 (6 sessions) Call Us
Learn new techniques, patterns, and chords, along with lots of new (and old) songs in this new class open to anyone who has taken a beginning-level class, or has played for six months or more. Bring in your requests! Let's have some fun!

Kit Alderson 8:00-9:00 PM Thursdays, Mar 23-Apr 27 (6 sessions) $110 Call Us
Learn from ACE PICKER Pete Steinberg, winner of the Southwestern Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Sign up now & learn great songs with easy chords! Be the life of the party & the envy of your friends! Earn big pay & win the love of that special someone! DON'T DELAY. ACT NOW! YESTERDAY IS GONE & TOMORROW NEVER COMES.

Pete Steinberg 12:00-1:30 PM Saturdays, Apr 1 - Apr 22 (4 sessions) $110 Call Us
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 3:00-4:30 PM Sundays, Apr 2 - Apr 30 (4 sessions) $110 Call Us
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 Tuesdays, Apr 4 - May 9 (6 sessions) $150 Call Us
Learn the entire score of O Brother Where Art Thou, if you want to. 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, Apr 5 - May 10 (6 sessions) $150 Call Us
Here's the next step after Beginning Uke, a class covering both chords and strumming in greater depth. Squeeze more music out of that little instrument, and learn some new songs while you're at it. This course will strengthen your skills and prepare you for Steve's Continuing Uke class. If you have not yet taken Steve's Uke 1 class, please contact him before signing up ( [310-890-4017]).

Steve Rose 8:00-9:30 PM Wednesdays, Apr 5 - May 24 (8 sessions) $180 Call Us
Learn to play some of your favorites from 1960s Brazil. Along the way, you'll develop a better understanding of chord forms, improve your rhythmic sensibilities, and gain new possibilities for your arranging and composing. If you've taken this course before, you'll be happy to add some new songs to your collection.

Cheryl Saunders 3:00-4:30 PM Saturdays, Apr 8-May 27 (8 sessions) $180 Call Us
Group Lesson Policy

Come to any full-length class (8 weeks) and don't pay until the 2nd week. Please pay up front for shorter classes and workshops. 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.

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