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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

Bottleneck Slide Guitar

This Week
Sat, Mar 07, 2015 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Pete Madsen
Slide playing is personal...it alludes to that quality of the human voice where we slip from note to note with a range of microtones and rhythmic expression. The wail of a blues singer is emulated by the sound of steel or glass slid along steel strings...it haunts us. The purpose of this class is to introduce the student to the sound, techniques, and evocations of slide guitar. We will focus on blues playing in open G and open D tunings. Learn shuffle rhythm patterns and some cool licks.

Fingerpicking the Blues

This Week
Sat, Mar 07, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Pete Madsen
Do you love the playing of Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Son House or Delta and Piedmont blues in general? Unlock the mystery of the right hand in blues fingerpicking. This class is designed for the beginning blues fingerpicker: you will learn about playing a constant bass with your thumb over a melody line played with your fingers. We will learn to play an "alternating bass" ...-a bass that travels between two or more strings. The bass in early blues recordings drove the music with a"chug" and a "bounce" that helped give the music its special rhythmic characteristics.

Pete Madsen has been a part of the Bay Area music scene for over 20 years. He performs regularly at venues such as the Freight and Salvage. He has recorded 3 solo CDs and written several books on guitar instruction, including : Fretmaster: Slide Guitar-and-Fretmaster: Funk Bass and Guitar ...both for Backbeat Books, as well The CAGED System for Guitar, published by Hal Leonard; and "A Guide to Acoustic Blues Guitar" self published. He also writes regularly for Acoustic Guitar magazine on the topics of blues and ragtime guitar.


How Not To Think Like a Guitar Player & Still Be One

Sat, Mar 28, 2015 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Rick Ruskin
Learning patterns and other peoples' licks can only take your abilities so far. At some point every player wants the experience of playing "without a net." This workshop, taught by a guitarist who has made his reputation by arranging and playing some of the most unexpected tunes as fingerstyle pieces, is designed to help get you there. Music and techniques will be performed, examined and explained. Hand outs included. Bring tape recorders, instruments, writing implements, and lots of questions. All levels of players welcome.

The Metronome is Your Friend

Sat, Apr 04, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Paul Mehling
Returning with his popular workshop for musicians and singers of all levels, Mehling demonstrates a range of practice techniques making creative use of the metronome. Improve your productivity and increase your musicianship! Open to all.

Secrets of Gypsy Jazz Guitar

Sat, Apr 04, 2015 from 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm
Cost: $40.00
Paul Mehling
This workshop focuses on various aspects of Gypsy jazz guitar in the tradition of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Topics include rhythm, picking, scales, arpeggios, chords, soloing, and more. One-on-one evaluation is available to all attendees, with a directed jam at the conclusion of the workshop, time permitting. Bring your instrument, recording device (or paper and pencil) and questions!

Paul Mehling is the leader of the Hot Club of San Francisco www.HCSF.com

Jack Tuttle's group classes start the week of April 6th

Mon, Apr 06, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $170.00 - $180.00
Jack Tuttle
email: jack@jacktuttle.com
Jack's Group Classes (Nine weeks)
Beginning the week of April 6th.
Questions? email Jack at jack@jacktuttle.com or call (650) 248-4951
or visit: www.jacktuttle.com

Please contact Jack in advance to reserve a spot!

More Bluegrass Mandolin (Level 2)
Mondays, 6 to 7:00pm, Nine weeks, $170,
We'll learn a mix of some bluegrass song and fiddle tunes, while adding some extra elements along the way. We'll use some standard techniques used by the pioneers of bluegrass, including tremolo, double stops, blues and downstroke playing, all while keeping it relatively easy. This class is for those who've played a bit of mandolin, but also good for guitar players who are looking to try the mandolin.
Starts Mon, April 6th

Beginning Mandolin (Level 1 to 2)
Tuesdays 6 to 7:00pm. 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 Tue, April 7th

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

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 Tue, April 7th

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

Easy Western Swing Jam (Level 3)
Wednesdays, 8 to 9:00pm, Nine weeks, $170,
We'll play some classic Western Swing songs while working on getting a solid swing groove. Jack will provide written music for guitar, mandolin and fiddle, with melodies as well as some easy swing style solos. With repertoire from Bob Wills, Milton Brown and others, we'll learn to sing and play together For guitars, mandolins, fiddles, bass and voice, (others?).
Starts Wed, April 8th.

Bluegrass Jamming: (Level 2-3) 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 play with others. We'll put together some standard bluegrass songs and work on playing and singing them as a group in the bluegrass style. Tablature and mp3s will be 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 Tue, April 7th and Wed, April 8th

Bluegrass Guitar (Level 2-3)
Thursdays, 7:30 to 8:30pm, Nine weeks, $180 (includes Jack's guitar book)
For those who play a bit of guitar already, Jack will teach the fundamentals of bluegrass flatpicking. Using Jack's book, we'll work on proper right and left hand technique as we learn a variety of bluegrass songs. We'll emphasize the stylistic elements that define bluegrass guitar, both rhythm and soloing. A major goal will be to prepare students for learning to jam with others.
Starts Thurs, April 16th.

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