Each class offered is 8 weeks in length and costs $90-$125. The 1 to 2 hour classes are held once a week. The payment for a class is due in full before the second meeting of a series. Workshops are payable at the 1st meeting. Reservations and pre-enrollment are encouraged as class size is limited.
Learn to play some great classic tunes (folk, country, pop, and rock) while learning accompaniment ideas including rhythms, fingerpicking, transposing (changing the key of a song to better suit your voice, if so desired), note reading, plus some of the fundamentals of music. Learn how to put all of these ideas together to help you make your own arrangement of a song using standard sheet music. Designed for people who are total beginners, and those who have played a little or who want more knowledge concerning accompaniment ideas. Eight classes at a price that can't be beat.
- Monday, January 25, 7:30-9pm (8 classes) - Gary Mandell - $90
YOUNG PERSON'S GUITAR
A scaled down version of the adult class including some of those current songs they can't wait to play. Rhythm accompaniment ideas are explored. Individual work with note reading is included to insure a good foundation for the future. Fine 1/2 to full size acoustic guitars (Electrics also) available for sale or to rent. For ages 9-14 years old.
- Wednesday, January 20, 4-5pm (8 classes) - Gary Mandell - $90
Turn a simple harmonica into an exciting blues & country instrument. Learn playing techniques for single notes, clean tone and intonation, bending notes, vibrato, rhythms, chording effects, and scale formations. Blues progressions, fiddle tunes, plus a new song each week! Taught by the man who recorded with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. Bring a key of C (we've got them if you need them) 10 hole harmonica.
- Call for Private Instruction at this time
This weekly class will help you extend your vocal range as well as strengthen your voice in general. Learn breathing techniques as well as vocal exercises to improve your vocal stamina and performance ability. Led by a woman with strong performance credentials who studied with one of the masters of vocal technique.
- Tuesday, January 19, 7-8pm (8 classes) - Sharyn Scott - $120
See workshops below.
BEGINNING GUITAR PART II
Designed for people fresh out of Beginning Guitar or those who want to brush up and improve their playing, and expand their repertoire. Learn fun songs in an assortment of styles, new chords, simple theory, and rhythm and fingerpicking ideas. Flatpicking melodies and an intro to fingerstyle blues is included. Developed with over 35 years of teaching experience by a seasoned arranger and guitarist. Great for songwriters and players. Please note the start date is a week after our other classes.
- Thursday January 21, 7-8:30pm (8 classes) - Gary Mandell - $100
BERNIE'S ACOUSTIC BLUES JAM CLASS
How to jam the blues as taught by the guru of blues in LA County. Improve your skills on how and what to play with people in small acoustic ensembles. Learn more about backup techniques and rhythms and lead playing ideas. Get practice playing with human beings instead of a computer or tape machine. Open to guitar, harmonica, and bass or ask. An eight week course that's fun and just what the doctor ordered.
- Wednesday, January 20, 7-8pm (8 Classes) - Bernie Pearl - $100
BERNIE'S ELECTRIC BLUES JAM CLASS
Bernie Pearl leads an amplified blues jam, open to all instruments. Bernie has played with an array of blues greats, including Big Mama Thornton, Freddie King, Papa John Creach, Lowell Fulson, Big Joe Turner, Otis Rush, B.B. King, and more. He'll share tips and insights on playing ensemble amplified blues gleaned over his 50 years in the blues world. Small amplifiers that only go to 10 please. Eight one hour long class sessions. Class size limited to 10. Such a deal.
- Wednesday, January 20, 8-9pm (8 Classes) - Bernie Pearl - $100
UKULELE FOR BEGINNERS
A five-week workshop that starts at the very beginning! How to hold your uke, tuning, chords, strums, songs, how to create a "groove" and more. No previous musical experience necessary. You will be playing your ukulele and singing along the first day. This class is about making music and having fun in a warm and supportive atmosphere. Five fun weeks.
- Saturday, January 23, 12:30-1:30pm - Cali Rose - $100
THE ONGOING UKULELE WORKSHOP
More tips and tunes from Cali to help you build your uke repertoire. New chord formations plus rhythms and accompaniment techniques in a new ongoing workshop. A natural follow-up to her beginning workshop and more fun than social media. Four fun weeks.
- Saturday, January 23, 11am -12pm - Cali Rose- $60
TONY MCMANUS FINGERSTYLE GUITAR WORKSHOPTunings, techniques, and arranging ideas from the premier Celtic Fingerstyle Guitarist Tony McManus. Here's a description of the workshop in Tony's words.
"Over the course of two hours I'll look at some left and right hand techniques- ornaments and triplets, grace notes, slides, frailing etc- all the stuff I use to make my arrangements sound more idiomatic.
I'll cover my use of altered tunings- Dropped D, DADGAD, CGCGCD, CGDGDC, DAAEAE and maybe even more exotic. I'll talk about demystifying these tunings by relating them to each other so we can deal with musical ideas and not just lists of letters. I'll bring some tab and for a good part of the workshop we'll go into some detail on a specific tune breaking down an arrangement and I'll explain how an arrangement develops. Often it's not too instructive to dive headfirst into a finished arrangement without having some understanding of what is being arranged!
Bring a guitar and some questions and recording devices and we'll learn something cool to start the New Year.!" P.S. don't miss Tony tonight in concert, Live at Boulevard Music.
- Saturday, January 9, 4-6pm - Tony McManus - $35
JAMES LEE STANLEY ARRANGING WORKSHOPArranging ideas from the great singer/songwriter James Lee Stanley. Stanley who has done everything from produce Peter Tork (Monkee) to score musicals and shows for CBS will give his insight that will help you make your arrangements, songs, and songwriting better. James illustrated his knack for doing great acoustic arrangements by doing two albums of Stones songs and another of songs by the Doors. Look up unplugged in the dictionary and he's right next to Clapton. Buy a ticket for this evenings show also and pay only $25 ($30 without) for this great opportunity to get some creative ideas from James Lee. Don't miss James in concert tonight in person Live at Boulevard Music, using some of these ideas from this workshop.
- Saturday, February 6, 3-5pm - James Lee Stanley - $30 ($25 if you purchase a ticket to his concert at Boulevard Music tonight also)
MANELI JAMAL'S PROGRESSIVE FINGERSTYLE GUITAR WORKSHOPAward winning Maneli Jamal’s workshop is for all skill levels on the guitar. This will include Progressive Fingerstyle elements such as fingerpicking, percussion, harmonics and slap techniques. The workshop will focus on using these elements in a musical way in both standard and alternate tunings including partial capo work too. You will also learn how to emphasize groove and melody with these extended guitar techniques that will take your playing to the next level. Hand out sheets will be provided so you won’t go home empty handed! Don't miss Manili in concert tonight in person Live at Boulevard Music, using some of these ideas from this workshop.
- Saturday, February 13, 4-6pm - Maneli Jamal - $35
RADIM ZENKL—IMPROVISATION FOR ALL MELODIC INSTRUMENTSAn improvisation workshop for all melodic instruments (mandolin, guitar, fiddle, flute, etc.)
1) Improvisation - step by step system on how to practice improvising in various music styles
(folk, blues, bluegrass, swing)
2) Get the most out of your practicing
3) Overcoming stage fright
Learn the basics of improvising in folk, blues, bluegrass and swing styles. The class will make the difficult task of practicing improvisation simple by breaking it down step by step. Radim will be covering several scales and arpeggios, analyzing chord progressions, arranging a tune, and featuring some ear-training ideas. A couple of standard tunes will be taught in the process. Printed materials will be handed out, audio recording is encouraged
For mandolin, guitar, fiddle, flute, etc. Aimed for intermediate players though all levels are welcome. Don't miss Radim in concert after this workshop tonight, Saturday March 12 in person Live at Boulevard Music, using some of these ideas from this workshop.
- Saturday, March 12, 4-6pm - Radim Zenkl - $35
PRIVATE MUSIC INSTRUCTION
Private instruction is available from our roster of fine professionals to meet your personal needs. Instruction is available for the following instruments and voice in an assortment of different styles. Quality teachers with years of experience at an affordable rate. Currently we are offering 4 1/2 hour lessons for $120 with most instructors.
See our TEACHER PROFILES page for details and bios of our teaching staff.
- Guitar-Gary Mandell, Ted Owens, Bernie Pearl, Stan Ayeroff
- Piano-Gary Mandell, Kate Kohler
- Bass-Valda Hammick, Richard Simon (Upright)
- Violin/Fiddle-Sara Behar
- Viola-Sara Behar
- Cello-Glenn Grab
- Mandolin-Tom Corbett, Ted Owens
- Harmonica- Chris Smith
- Voice-Sharyn Scott
- Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute-Kyle O'Donnell
- Trumpet-Bruce Friedman
- Drums/Percussion-Christian Moraga
- Ukulele-Gary Mandell, Ted Owens
For information and referrals or to schedule an appointment, please call our main number at Boulevard Music: (310) 398-2583