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Seats are limited on all workshops.
Though tickets are generally available on the day of the workshop,
popular wokshops sell out before the event.

Call or stop by the shop to get your ticket in advance. 650-493-2131

Playing Chords Up the Neck

Tue, Sep 16, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Cost: $50.00
Carol McComb
email: carol@carolmccomb.com
Back By Demand! Learn where to find partial chord shapes for common chords and common chord progressions up the neck. Hint: It's easier than you might think! We'll locate these positions, play some rhythmic patterns, and explore some simple arpeggiated leads up the neck of your guitar. This class was extremely popular on the survey. You will need to sign up in advance. Level 3 and level 4 players.

Contact Carol to sign up.
All classes taught by Carol McComb • Fee for each workshop is $50
Contact Carol for more info carol@carolmccomb.com

Beginning Harmony Singing

This Week
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Cost: $50.00
Carol McComb
email: carol@carolmccomb.com
If you've always been mystified about how people sing in harmony this is the class for you. We'll learn the basics and reveal some tips that the pros use. Whether your goal is to be able to sing harmony to a bluegrass song or a rock and roll tune (or maybe you just want to be able to sing "Happy Birthday" in harmony) you'll get a lot out of this one-night class.

Contact Carol to sign up!
All classes taught by Carol McComb • Fee for each workshop is $50
Contact Carol for more info carol@carolmccomb.com

Rock Your Uke with Greg Vaughan - 9-week group class

Next Week
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $170.00
Greg Vaughan
email: greg.guitar@sbcglobal.net
Rock Your Uke with Greg Vaughan - 9-week group class
Cost: $170.00
Beginning Thursday, September, 25, 2014 7pm-8pm
email: greg.guitar@sbcglobal.net

Rock Your Autumn Uke! (beginner/intermediate)

Newcomers are welcome - you don't need to have taken our previous class to enjoy this one. Supplemental material will be handed out to players who already know a few chords. Basic strum patterns, fingerpicking, and some lead work will be included. Of course we will continue to play our favorite rock tunes, both new and old, in a group setting. Artists such as the Beatles, Passenger, and Bob Marley.

September 25, 2014 Thursdays 7-8 p.m. $170 for nine weeks (one-hour classes).
Contact Greg at greg.guitar@sbcglobal.net or 650.858.0667

Need a ukulele for the class? Gryphon will provide a free take-home rental
ukulele for the duration of the class.

Jack Tuttle's 9-week bluegrass classes start 9/30, 10/1 & 10/2

Tue, Sep 30, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am
Cost: $170.00 - $180.00
Jack Tuttle
email: jack@jacktuttle.com
Jack's Bluegrass Classes (nine weeks)
Beginning Sept 30th, Oct 1st and 2nd.
email Jack at jack@jacktuttle.com or call (650) 248-4951

Please contact Jack in advance to reserve a spot!

More Bluegrass Banjo (Level 2)
Tuesdays 6 to 7:00pm. Nine weeks, $170 Starts (requires Jack's Banjo Book)
A continuation of my beginning class, but appropriate for anyone with a little skill on any other stringed instrument. Using tablature, we'll carefully work our way through basic lead and backup playing as you learn the necessary rolls and techniques used by all bluegrass players. You'll get a chance to practice backup and lead to Jack's singing and guitar playing, in a group setting.
Starts Tues, Sept 30th

Beginning Bluegrass Jamming: (Level 2) Two different classes!
Tuesdays, 7 to 8:00pm, $170, Nine weeks
Wednesdays, 7 to 8:00pm, $170, Nine weeks
This class is for those who want to try playing with others. We'll put together some standard bluegrass songs and work on playing them as a group in the bluegrass style. Tablature will provided for those who need help with soloing. For guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and bass. Prerequisite: Must be able to play chords in time. Starts Tues, Sept 30th and Weds Oct 1st.

Beginning Bluegrass Banjo (Level 1 to 2)
Tuesdays, 8 to 9:00pm, Nine weeks, $180 (includes Jack's banjo book)
Learn the fundamentals of bluegrass banjo including lead and backup. Using Jack's own instruction book, we will cover basic Scruggs style playing as well as the necessary rolls and techniques used by all bluegrass players. Emphasis on fundamentals of the right and left hand, as well as learning some bluegrass standards.
Starts Tues, Sept 30th

Need a banjo for the class? Gryphon will provide a free take-home rental banjo for the duration of the class.

Beginning Mandolin (Level 1 to 2)
Wednesdays 8 to 9:00pm. Nine weeks, $180 (includes Jack's mandolin book)
We'll cover all of the basics of beginning mandolin in this introductory class. Both soloing and chord playing will be studied with focus on establishing good fundamentals with the pick as well as proper left-hand technique. Repertoire will include simple fiddle tunes and bluegrass songs, covering a variety of mandolin techniques. We'll explore practicing exercises and proper techniques to ensure the most efficient learning and then put it all together in a low pressure group environment. All materials will be available in both music and tablature. A great class for guitarists looking for something different as well as the beginning mandolin player.
Starts Weds, Oct 1st

Need a mandolin for the class? Gryphon will provide a free take-home rental mandolin for the duration of the class.

Bluegrass Jam Class: (Level 3)
Thursdays 7:30 to 8:45pm. Nine weeks, $170.
This class is for the bluegrass player (guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, fiddle, dobro) who wants more experience playing with other people. The repertoire will consist of standard bluegrass songs and fiddle tunes. Students will be coached on jam etiquette, proper balance, backup and fills. Includes lead and harmony singing. Class prerequisite: student must be able to play chords at a steady, moderate tempo and be able to work up solos without help.
Starts Thurs, Oct 2nd

Carol McComb's Autumn 2014 Folk Guitar Workshops begin October 6, 7 and 8

Mon, Oct 06, 2014
Cost: $170.00
Carol McComb
email: carol@carolmccomb.com
Autumn 2014 FOLK GUITAR WORKSHOPS Beginning October 6, 7 & 8
Take two workshops during the same quarter and discount your second class by $10
To see complete descriptions and sign up click here!

5:00 - Starting to Play (level 1) (choice of two times)
6:00 - Folk Standards (levels 1-2)
7:00 - Starting to Play (level 1) (choice of two times)
8:00 - Folk Favorites #1 (level 2)

5:00 - Easy Acoustic Rock #2 (level 2- 3)
6:00 - Already Picking Some (levels 2-3)
7:00 - Fingerstyle Blues #2 (levels 4 - 4+) *NEW CLASS*
8:00 - Songwriting Focus on Melody & Chords (no guitar level)

5:00 - Country Classics #2 (level 2-3)
6:00 - More Beginning Singing (no guitar level)
7:00 - Bluegrass and Carter Style #4 (Songs level 2-3; Leads level 3-4)
8:00 - Harmony Singing - All Styles (no guitar level) New Songs

All workshops are one hour long and cost $170.
Gryphon has loaner guitars available for "Starting to Play" only. Call Gryphon for details.

Early Bird discount for returning students only - Sign up by Wed, September 10th and take a $10 discount!
Take two workshops during the same quarter and discount your second class by $10

Contact Carol to sign up
Email: Carol@CarolMcComb.com

Jam, Man! (And Woman!)

Sat, Oct 18, 2014 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cost: $45.00
Mark Hanson
email: Mark@AccentOnMusic.com
Intimidated by jam sessions? There is no need! In this workshop, Mark teaches the strategies for successfully participating in jam sessions, whether as a leader or a joiner. Through the use of Beatle tunes, a fiddle tune, and Chet Atkins' "Jam Man" (now playing on Esurance commercials on TV!), you will jam right along with the rest of the class, no matter what your skill level. Also, Mark will teach you to fingerpick "Jam Man."

Buy tickets to both workshops for $85

Composing for Fingerstyle Guitar - Maybe It''s Easier Than You Think!

Sat, Oct 18, 2014 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Cost: $45.00
Mark Hanson
email: Mark@AccentOnMusic.com
Mark has composed numerous fingerstyle guitar solos that have played in many high-profile places: including Martha Stewart Living, American Idol, and NPR. In this workshop Mark will discuss the compositional process - the technical necessities (not too many!), inspiration and dreaming, and developing ideas - all while you compose a tune together in class! Then, Mark will teach you his beautiful DADGAD tune "Drake's Passage" that played on American Idol.

Buy tickets for both workshops for only $85

Mark's Bio: Mark has authored over two dozen books on playing guitar, and was an editor at Frets magazine in the late '80s. He has shared the stage with many of the greats, including Tommy Emmanuel and the late Jerry Garcia. He won a Grammy in 2005 for his contributions to the "Henry Mancini - Pink Guitar" CD.

Unlocking the Secrets of Gypsy Jazz Guitar

Sat, Nov 01, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Paul Mehling
Class will focus on various aspects of Gypsy guitar in the tradition of Django Reinhardt. Topics include- rhythm, picking, scales, arpeggios, chords, soloing, and more. One-on-one evaluation will be available to all attendees, directed jam at conclusion of class (time permitting!). Bring instrument, recording device (and/or paper & pencil) and questions!

Arpeggio Power

Sat, Nov 01, 2014 from 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm
Cost: $40.00
Paul Mehling
Often overlooked by guitarists, Arpeggios are an essential part of any musician's arsenal. For all styles of guitarists, intermediate to advanced: finding and using arpeggios on the guitar fingerboard. A user-friendly approach to visualizing and building arpeggios as well as a comprehensive method for their use.

(Paul Mehling is the leader of the Hot Club of San Francisco- www.HCSF.com for more info).

The Acoustic Guitar Music of The Beatles

Sat, Nov 08, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Tim Farrell
We will discuss the importance of the acoustic guitar in the songwriting and performance of the music of The Beatles, beginning with their first single and throughout their career. We will explore iconic acoustic guitar parts from classic and timeless songs such as Yesterday, Here Comes The Sun, Blackbird, etc ... We will walk step by step through the creation of a solo guitar arrangement with songs like You Never Give Me Your Money and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.


Tim Farrell has the rare ability to inspire listeners to experience music on a multitude of levels. Through his mastery of the intricacies and melodic grace of fingerstyle guitar, he has created a sound that evokes emotion, a sound that is to be felt as well as heard. As a performer Tim has entertained audiences internationally. He maintains an active performing schedule, appearing in a variety of concert venues such as the Kimmel Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, Carnegie Center, Hard Rock Live, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Healdsburg Guitar Festival and many more.

Tim writes "memorable melody lines that go beyond technique," says Billboard magazine. John Diliberto the host of Echoes Radio says "Tim Farrell brings a melodic sensibility to his compositions that makes him stand apart from most of the fingerstyle crowd." And according to NAV Magazine, "Tim Farrell's melodies lay easily on the ear."

Tim is teaching a new generation of musicians to develop a deeper knowledge, enjoyment, and appreciation of music. As a guest educator at various institutions and events, Tim conducts workshops, seminars, and residency activities.

Tim is a distinguished faculty member of The Conservatory in Doylestown, PA, where he provides private lessons and conducts interactive workshops in Fingerstyle Guitar, Arranging and Composition, and where he is the Artistic Director of the Stretched Strings Concert and Workshop Series.

Swing/Jazz Guitar Styles Workshop

Sat, Jan 17, 2015 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Paul Asbell
Jazz has its ownlanguage... and for most guitarists, it's a foreign language. This workshopexplores the skills you need to play Swing Jazz in an ensemble, or solo. Thisoverview will coverchord progressions and rhythm skills, technique-buildingexercises for soloing, chord-melodyapproaches, bass-line comping, jazz harmonyand terminology, and basic theory concepts thatenable you to apply theseskills to jazz standards. All levels are welcomed, but some experiencewithjazz will be necessary, as advanced topics will be covered. Many hand-out sheetswill beprovided, so you'll have plenty of material to work on for years tocome! Participants are encouraged to bring an audio or video recorder to get the most out of the workshop.

Fingerstyle Country Blues Workshop

Sat, Jan 17, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Cost: $40.00
Paul Asbell
Fingerstyle blues guitar, in the styles ofMississippi 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. Many worksheets will get handed out, with exercises, TAB transcriptions, chordfingerings, etc enough to keep you busy for many months afterwards!, Participants are encouraged to bring an audio or video recorder to get the most out of the workshop.

Paul has performed and recorded with numerous legends of blues, jazz, and folk, includingMuddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, John Lee Hooker, David Bromberg, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Betty Carter, James Carter, Sonny Stitt, theSun Ra Arkestra, Joshua Redman, Paul Siebel, Rosalie Sorrels, Mary McCaslin, former studentTrey Anastasio, and countless others. He has taught guitar for over 35 years, atDartmouth College, St. Michaels College, Skidmore College, and presently teaches atUniversity of VermontandMiddlebury College. Paul's acoustic CD's have received glowing reviews fromGuitar Player, Acoustic Guitar,Vintage Guitar, Sing Out!, andDownbeat.

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