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, April 20, 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, April 22, 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, April 21, 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, April 21, 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, April 23, 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, April 22, 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, April 22, 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, May 2, 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, (To Be Determined), 11 am-12pm - Cali Rose- $60
MARK HANSON FINGERSTYLE GUITAR WORKSHOPGrammy-Award winning fingerstle guitarist/author Mark Hanson is well known for his dozens of guitar instruction books and DVDs, and his work at Frets magazine, where he interviewed James Taylor and many others. In this workshop Mark will provide an overview of his playing style, how it developed, his technique and composing and arranging approaches, all with the intent of helping you develop your own playing and understanding. Hand development exercises and etudes will be provided, along with some fun tunes to play. Mark's workshops are always educational and great fun for everyone!
- Saturday, April 18, 3-5pm - Mark Hanson - $35
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 for Mother's Day!"
- Sunday, May 10, 3-5pm - Tony McManus - $45
BLUE UKE: AN INTRODUCTION TO FINGERPICKING THE BLUES ON UKEThis class will give you an introduction to right hand fingerpicking and to what makes a melody "blue". Together with Del you'll listen to some recordings, and learn a song (by ear-no tab) in class. You will soon be picking an arrangement of the great old Memphis Jugband classic, "You May Leave (Satisfied)".
- Sunday, June 7, 3:30-5pm - Del Rey - $35
PAT DONOHUE'S "BLUES MOVES" GUITAR WORKSHOPPat will guide the students through chord sequences and common progresions used in Blues compositions. There will be note combinations, turnarounds and Blues licks. The class will learn the styles of Blues guitar inspired by blues greats such as Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Johnson. Pat will explain and explore the styles and techniques of these great Blues artists and add his own take on making a traditional or new blues song ring with the feel and style of these great artists. This workshop is best suited for the intermediate guitar player. The student should bring their guitar and a recording device to the workshop.
- Saturday, June 13, 3-5pm - Pat Donohue - $45
UKE CHORD SUBSTITUTION/IMPROV WORKSHOPFor ukulele players of all levels, focusing on adding some colorful chord substitutions and improvisational tools to your repertoire.
- Saturday, June 20, 3-5pm - Jeff Linsky/Abe Lagrimas - $35
DOUG MACLEOD BLUES GUITAR WORKSHOPIn this workshop Doug will be teaching slide guitar techniques in Open G and Open D Tunings. Using Doug’s technique of simplifying the fret board the student will learn chord forms, turnarounds, how to build a solo, and the secret of finding the feeling that lives inside the notes. After a workshop with Doug, the student comes away with not only a whole new batch of tricks and licks, but with an insight to the music and its philosophy that could only be learned by a man who had been there.
Plus, the students have fun. With his stories and sense of humor the students come to find that Doug is an engaging teacher as he is a performer.
- Sunday, June 28, 2-4pm - Doug MacLeod - $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, Stan Ayeroff
- Piano-Gary Mandell, Kate Kohler
- Bass-Valda Hammick, Richard Simon (Upright)
- Violin/Fiddle-Sara Behar
- Viola-Sara Behar
- Cello-Glenn Grab
- Mandolin-Matt Bruer
- Harmonica- Chris Smith
- Voice-Sharyn Scott
- Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute-Kyle O'Donnell
- Trumpet-Bruce Friedman
- Drums/Percussion-Christian Moraga
- Banjo-Matt Bruer
- Ukulele-Gary Mandell
For information and referrals or to schedule an appointment, please call our main number at Boulevard Music: (310) 398-2583