Current Group Lessons
BLUEGRASS JAMFinally, 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 8:00-9:30 PM Tuesdays, Aug 8 - Sep 12 (4 sessions left) $100
BLUES JAMElectric 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, Aug 9 - Sep 13 (5 sessions left) $125
INTRO TO L.A. MOUNTAIN/URBAN DULCIMER CLUBThis hour-long session is designed to prepare beginners to participate more fully in the club meeting that immediately follows (1:30-3 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, Aug 27 (1 session) $25
L.A. MOUNTAIN/URBAN DULCIMER CLUBMeet 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 1:30-3 pm Sunday, Aug 27 (1 session) $30
DOBRO / LAP STEELLap-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, Aug 30 - Sep 13 (3 sessions) $90
RICHARD SMITH GUITAR WORKSHOP JUST ADDED!This workshop with jazz guitarist and USC instructor Richard Smith will take you from Travis picking and how to develop a steady and independent thumb groove, to banjo style rolls, cascading/alternating harmonics, and into flatpicking techniques with the thumbpick. We will integrate linear and harmonic ear training so you can figure things out from the record. We'll also talk about arranging your favorite tunes for solo guitar and picking the right keys to make it work. All important practice is the name of the game, and we'll talk about making practice time count so that you're not stagnating, but learning new things and improving.
Richard Smith 8:00 - 9:30 P.M. Wednesday, Sept 6 (1 session) $50
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 P.M. Thursdays, Sep 7 - Oct 12 (6 sessions) $150
GUITAR 2 JUST ADDED!Cheryl has been teaching and performing professionally for many years, specializing in jazz, blues, and bossa nova guitar. She's taught countless students here at McCabe's, and the warm, relaxed atmosphere of her classes earns her a high rate of repeat enrollment. 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 P.M. Tuesdays, Sep 12 - Oct 17 (6 sessions) $150
BEGINNING GUITAR JUST ADDED!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 25 - Oct 30 (6 sessions) $150
ONGOING HARMONICA WORKSHOPHere'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)
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!
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.