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, July 14, 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, July 16, 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, July 15, 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, July 15, 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, 7-8:30pm (8 classes) (Back in October) - 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, July 16, 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, July 16, 8-9pm (8 Classes) - Bernie Pearl - $100
TAYLOR SWIFT GUITAR WORKSHOP
A four-week workshop for all levels (from 9 years on up) covering such Taylor Swift hits such as "You Belong with Me," Our Song" and more. You'll have fun learning the chords and strum patterns that make her songs some of the most popular in the world. You'll be playing her songs the first day. An easy and fun workshop—4 weeks.
- Tuesday, July 22, 5pm-6pm - Ted Owens - $90
OPEN TUNINGS WORKSHOP
Alternate tuning use including G, E, and C tuning. DADGAD, minor and suspended, and Wahine tunings. Creating your own tunings, tonal expansion and application. Taught by an expert (Mark Shark) who literally wrote the book, “The Tao of Tunings.” A great compliment to his slide guitar workshop. .
- Saturday, July 26, 4-6pm - Mark Shark - $35
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, August 9, 11am-12pm - 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 Sept 20, 12:30pm-1:30pm - Cali Rose- $60
RHYTHM AND PICKING WORKSHOP—JIM HURST
Learn a variety of rhythm and picking patterns (flatpick & fingerstyle) for a varied approach, and how they can be adapted to other music genres (jazz, bluegrass, folk). Discover how to play with dynamics more naturally and in support of a vocal or instrumental solos. Technique is vital to playing well with others, and developing one's own 'voice' on the guitar. Deciding which chord voicing to use and how many notes of the shapes in support of vocals vs solos, is just one of the many techniques we use to enhance the feel of a song based on our instincts and desired expression. 'Hands on guitar' instruction, attendees should know basic chords and some pickin'. Audio recording accepted for personal use only. No video recording allowed.
Taught by two time International Bluegrass Music Association guitarist of the year
- Saturday Sept 20, 4pm-6pm - Jim Hurst- $35
ELECTRIC BASS TECHNIQUES
Valda Hammick, author of the critically acclaimed book “Electric Bass Technique”, will explore Blues bassline styles, ear-training (learning to hear chord changes), "Lo/Hi" closed and open voicing chords (played "Hi", as double-stops and triple-stops, above the 12th fret) to accompany the blues basslines. and using the “Crabwalk” and the pivoting technique, short slides, and 16th note “kick” with octave patterns. Beginners to intermediates welcome.
- Saturday Sept 27, 3-4:30pm - Valda Hammick - $35
INTEGRATED PERCUSSIVE GUITAR WORKSHOP-PRESTON REED
All ages and levels of skill are invited. Bringing your own guitar optional.
Using examples from his music, Preston Reed will show students how to look at the acoustic guitar in a new way -- as a source of sounds to be used compositionally, rather than as a set of familiar conventions. He will teach the core concepts of integrated percussive guitar playing through various techniques such as over- and under-the-neck hammer-ons and pull-offs, right- and left-hand slap harmonics, drum-set and other percussion sounds on the body and neck, combining conventional playing with percussive playing, and creating an integrated percussive groove.
Questions, contributions and interactive discussion will be invited throughout, leading to the ultimate insight: it's about the music, not the guitar.
- Saturday Oct 25, 3-5pm - Preston Reed - $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
- 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