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, Jan 13, 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, Jan 15, 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.
- Tuesday, Jan 14, 8-9pm (8 classes) - Chris Smith - $125
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, Jan 14, 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.
- Thursday, Jan 16 , 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, Jan 15, 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, Jan 15, 8-9pm (8 Classes) - Bernie Pearl - $100
SCOTTISH FIDDLE WORKSHOP
The regional styles of Scottish fiddling are as diverse as the terrain that makes up Scotland’s countryside-- each full of elegance and power. What defines these styles, as well as what greatly differentiates them from Irish fiddling, is in their subtleties of technique, phrasing, and ornamentation. In this class you will learn North-Eastern strathspeys, highland pipe marches, West-highland reels, and the unique gracenotes and bowings which make them come alive. Whether you are new to fiddling and would like to learn some Scottish tunes, or an already experienced fiddler looking to see what makes Scottish fiddling so different, this is a great class for you! Taught by Scottish Fiddle champion Rebecca Lomnicky. Don't miss Rebecca and master piper David Brewer in concert later on this same evening at the Boulevard.
- Sunday, Jan 12, 2-3:30pm - Rebecca Lomnicky - $35
IRISH TIN-WHISTLE AND BODHRAN FRAME DRUMTake either of the following two workshops for $20 each or both for $35.
Irish tin-whistle --For a seasoned beginner to intermediate (should be able to play a couple traditional tunes already). Students fairly new to the whistle will be given added technique pointers & guidance, and will learn at least one new traditional tune, with emphasis on phrasing and ornamentation, even if those are new subjects for the student.
- Sunday, Jan 12, 3:30-4:15pm - David Brewer - $20
Irish bodhran (frame drum) -- beginner to intermediate
Students will learn/improve techniques for using the stick ('tipper'), common rhythms found in Celtic music, techniques for tone-changing, an introduction to analyzing a tune in order to fit a good bodhran part to it, and will get plenty of in-class playing experience accompanying some traditional tunes as well! Don't miss David and Scottish Fiddler Rebecca Lomnicky in concert later on this same evening at the Boulevard.
- Sunday, Jan 12, 4:15-5pm - David Brewer - $20
UKULELE FOR BEGINNERS
A four-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. Four fun weeks. .
- Saturday, Jan 18, 11am-12pm - Cali Rose - $80
FINGERSTYLE COUNTRY BLUES WORKSHOP
Fingerstyle blues guitar, in the styles of Mississippi John Hurt, Lightnin' Hopkins, Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Merle Travis, Dave van Ronk, and others. Topics covered will include right hand fundamentals, such as alternate-bass technique, Delta-style drones, palm muting, and exercises to create effortless dexterity, syncopations and strong grooves. Left-hand issues range from basic chord concepts to sophisticated jazz and ragtime chord substitutions, moving bass lines, "guide tones", etc, w/ emphasis on creating your own licks, turnarounds and variations within the style. All levels welcome, but many ideas will be geared to the evolved player. Tablature spoken here, but this will not be just a "lecture"- plenty of foot-stompin' music will be played, and participants are encouraged to bring an audio or video recorder to get the most out of the workshop! Don't miss Paul in concert this same evening here at Boulevard Music at 8pm.
- Saturday, Jan 25, 4-6pm - Paul Asbell - $35
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 Feb 15, 12:30pm-1:30pm - Cali Rose- $60
THE ART OF ARRANGEMENTS WORKSHOP
This special workshop from acclaimed guitarist Dakota Dave Hull offers something for all levels of player, either fingerstylist or flatpicker, or both. Some of the things that'll be discussed: Melody, Harmonization, Transposition to other keys and registers, Improvisation, Solo, Playing nicely with others, Backup, Right-hand Technique, Rhythm, and Bringing it all together. Students will be asked to play an instrumental tune (anything is fine). Suggestions will be made as to how to expand (or reduce) the piece into something that can hold the listener's interest. We'll also talk some about right-hand technique, that singularly overlooked and incredibly important part of guitar playing, whether with a pick or fingers. Don't miss Dakota Dave in concert later this same evening here at Boulevard Music.
- Saturday April 5, 3-5pm - Dakota Dave Hull- $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.
See our TEACHER PROFILES page for details and bios of our teaching staff.
- Guitar-Gary Mandell, Ted Owens, Bernie Pearl, Mark Shark, Stan Ayeroff
- Piano-Gary Mandell, Kate Kohler
- Bass-Valda Hammick, Richard Simon (Upright)
- Violin/Fiddle-Sara Behar
- Viola-Sara Behar
- Cello-Glenn Grab
- Mandolin-Mark Shark
- Harmonica- Chris Smith
- Voice-Sharyn Scott
- Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute-Kyle O'Donnell, Ken Moran
- Trumpet-Bruce Friedman
- Drums/Percussion-Christian Moraga
- Banjo-Mark Shark
- Ukulele-Gary Mandell, Mark Shark
- Dobro, Lap Steel, Pedal Steel, Bazouki, Dulcimer & More-Mark Shark
For information and referrals or to schedule an appointment, please call our main number at Boulevard Music: (310) 398-2583