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, October 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, October 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, October 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, October 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, October 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, October 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, October 15, 8-9pm (8 Classes) - Bernie Pearl - $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, Oct 18, 11 am-12pm - Cali Rose- $60
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
FINGERSTYLE & MORE GUITAR WORKSHOP-PETE HUTTLINGER
A clinic with Pete Huttlinger is always fun, creative and very inspiring. Pete is not only one of the greatest guitarists around but he is also a noted teacher. Some of you have no doubt learned the hard way that a great player does not a great teacher make. Pete’s knowledge of many styles of music from Brazilian to Rock to Classical to Merle Travis and Chet Atkins and the many roads in between make him not only a well-rounded player but a teacher who can draw on his many years of experience to help you reach your full potential. Whether it’s a problem with technique, a fingering issue, can’t control your flat-pick or you need exercises for your finger-style playing, Pete’s got you covered.
As always bring your guitar, your enthusiasm, your questions and your sense of humor. And as in the past if you do not have a sense of humor of your own, one will be provided for you at no extra charge.
Pete is a National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and backed up John Denver for several years.
A chance of a lifetime workshop.
- Sunday, Oct 26, 3-5pm - Pete Huttlinger - $35
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.
- Wednesday, Oct 29, 4-5pm - Ted Owens - $80
GYPSY JAZZ FIDDLING-JASON ANICK
Together with Jason you will examine standard swing tunes and various licks and phrases to help you start improvising over the tune. Phrases will be taught by ear but will be supplemented with sheet music. You will also learn various stylistic approaches (vibrato, bowing, etc.) to help you get that authentic swing sound achieved by jazz violin greats like Stephane Grappelli and Joe Venuti. Don't miss Jason and group (Rhythm Future Quartet) this evening also Live at Boulevard Music.
- Saturday, Nov 1, 3-4:30pm - Jason Anick - $30
GYPSY JAZZ GUITAR WORKSHOP-OLLI SOIKKELI
Together with Olli you will work on the Gypsy jazz standard "Minor Swing" and you will learn classic licks and phrases to help you build your Gypsy jazz vocabulary. You will also work on the correct way of getting that authentic Gypsy jazz rhythm sound and feel. Don't miss Olli and group (Rhythm Future Quartet) this evening also Live at Boulevard Music.
- Saturday, Nov 1, 4:30-6pm - Olli Soikkeli - $30
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, (Call for Date), 11am-12pm - Cali Rose - $100
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