Core Level Guitar Classes

The backbone of the Old Town School experience since its inception in 1957, our Core Guitar classes provide solid musical background using traditional and popular styles in a friendly casual group environment.

For the complete beginner.

Guitar 1

Your musical journey starts here. Learn chords, simple strums, and tuning in a fun, relaxed group setting. You’ll be introduced to the basic elements of rhythm and harmony that will have you making music in no time! Guitar 1 is for the absolute beginner.

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Improve skills. Add songs.

Guitar 1 Repertoire

Improve your skills by learning lots of great songs, different strums and a few "licks," while singing and playing at the same time! We suggest that students repeat the repertoire classes as needed. There are hundreds of tunes to learn at every skill level.

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New chords. New connections.

Guitar 2

Learn new chords and ways of playing and connecting them with bass runs, arpeggios, and using a capo. Discover different rhythms and pick out some melodies. Before taking Guitar 2, you should play basic open chords in the keys of A, D, E, and G, smoothly without losing the beat.

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Self-starters start here.

Guitar 2 Repertoire

If you are self taught or have completed Guitar 2, this is the level to repeat as often as you want to build up your songbag.

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Build dexterity with basic fingerpicking and flatpicking.

Guitar 3

Move on to the next plateau with barre chords and movable shapes. Build dexterity with basic fingerpicking and flatpicking. Develop techniques and memorization and adding dynamics to song arrangements. Begin to develop your own musical voice and expand comfort with your instrument.

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Barre chords open doors.

Guitar 3 Repertoire

Enhance your knowledge of the guitar neck while examining tunes from a variety of styles - popular and traditional. As always, students are welcome to repeat a repertoire class as often as they chose. Songs change from session to session.

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Choose Your Class

Need help figuring out where to get started?

Complete Beginner? Start With Guitar 1

Self-Taught? Learned From Videos? Start At Guitar 2

Barre Chords? Haven’t Played In A While? Take Our Placement Quiz

Extend the Core Guitar Experience

Choose from a variety of class options continuing in the model of the core program, before branching off to specialty or ensemble classes!

Beyond Guitar 3

Extended Play

Guitar 4

Guitar 4ever

Technique & Specialty Classes

Expand your abilities with the guidance of our expert teaching artists in of our wide range of skill and specialty topic classes - exploring genres like Blues, Bluegrass, Rock, Jazz, Country, and more.

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Ensemble Classes

If your skill set includes those in the Guitar 3 description, or beyond, you'll want to stretch your playing in an Ensemble Class - performing together in a multi-instrument band setting.

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List of All Core Guitar Classes (20 found)

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles

Intermediate

Monday with Michael Miles

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week

Location: Online

Guitar 1

Beginner

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday with Charles Kim, Dan Fulkerson, Shelley Miller, Albert Martinez, Paula McKernan, Jim DeWan or Alicia Lees

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

For the complete beginner.

Location: Online, Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus or Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Guitar 1 Repertoire

Beginner

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Sunday with Lisa Joy DeRosia, Chris Walz, Shelley Miller, Albert Martinez or Alicia Lees

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Improve your skills by learning lots of great songs, different strums and a few licks, while singing and playing at the same time!

Location: Online or Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guitar 2

Beginner

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday with Barbara Silverman, Bill Brickey, Charles Kim, Jim DeWan, Louis Bardales or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Your playing will take on a new dimension.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus or Online

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Intermediate

Monday, Wednesday or Sunday with Chris Winters or Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in your musical journey.

Location: Online

Guitar 2 Repertoire

Beginner

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday with Barbara Silverman, Dan Fulkerson, Elaine Moore, Albert Martinez, Catherine Norden, John Abbey, Tom Ryan or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

This class is great entry point for the self taught. You will build repertoire and develop skills.

Location: Online, Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave or Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guitar 3

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Mary Peterson, Bill Brickey, Lisa Joy DeRosia or Rebecca Toon

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Build dexterity with basic fingerpicking and flatpicking.

Location: Online or Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guitar 3 Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday or Wednesday with Lisa Joy DeRosia, Dan Fulkerson or Catherine Norden

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Armed with the knowledge of bar chords one can expand their repertoire to include many idioms.

Location: Online

Guitar 4

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday with Carlos Chacon, Elaine Moore, John Abbey or Tom Ryan

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Students of Guitar 4 are well on their way to being able to perform and to express themselves musically.

Location: Online

Guitar 4Ever

Intermediate

Any Day of the Week with Chris Winters, Shelley Miller, Jacob Sweet, Catherine Norden, Tom Ryan, Jim DeWan, Steve Dawson or Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Students have been known to repeat this class endlessly! And of course, learning the guitar is a lifelong journey.

Location: Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave, Online or Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

Advanced

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80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Intermediate

Wednesday or Thursday with Elaine Moore or Julia Storke

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Grab that guitar and sing and play with others.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus or Online

Beyond Guitar 3

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday with Mary Peterson, Elaine Moore or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

A special level for students who want to continue on the path of musical growth offered during our morning classes or within the confines of our Armitage location.

Location: Online

Advancing Guitar: Licks and Tricks

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Exploring The Guitar with Modes with Nathaniel Braddock

Intermediate

Saturday with Nathaniel Braddock

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week

Braddock will unlock the mysteries of the modes

Location: Online

New Resources for Creative Fingerstyle

Intermediate

Saturday with Nathaniel Braddock

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week

Explore resources for new rhythmic and harmonic sounds and methods for keeping your playing fresh and engaged.

Location: Online

Return To Guitar

Open to All

Monday with Jim DeWan

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks

Rumor has it there's a guitar in the back of your closet. Let's get it out and make some music.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Simple Guitar Fills

Intermediate

Tuesday or Thursday with Barbara Silverman

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks

Fill out your style with these tried and true fills.

Location: Online

What to Know About Chords

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks

Location: Online

Extended Play: Guitar

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday with Mary Peterson, Chris Winters, Charles Kim, Dan Fulkerson, Elaine Moore, Catherine Norden, Paula McKernan, Jim DeWan or Louis Bardales

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Location: Online or Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave