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Private Lessons and Classes

I a teach all ages and levels of private guitar lessons through Dusty Strings, in Fremont, the Center of the Universe, in Seattle.

Feel free to contact me for more information.

Winter 2017 schedule of classes at DUSTY STRINGS:
Tuition for each four week class is $80.

CONTEMPORARY AND TRADITIONAL GUITAR SERIES

A progressive series of Guitar Classes designed to go from starting out or starting anew all the way to mastery of the instrument in a wide variety of styles.

Beginner Guitar

For the Beginner or Returning player. It's great if you already know a few chords or used to play years ago and want to get started again or never played before. I will help you build the foundation of solid guitar skills with best practices. Learn how the hands and guitar work together to make music. We'll study licks, riffs, strumming and picking patterns used by blues, bluegrass, rock and pop guitarists. This class will give you insights on how to listen and learn and practice so you can continue to enjoy playing for years to come. We will even begin to play lead or solo guitar. I will also explain basic concepts of music and how they work on the guitar to help you become musically literate as well as a skilled guitar player. Clearly printed handouts and mp3 practice tracks will be available to help you learn.

Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45 at Dusty Strings. February 2, 9, 16, 23.
Thursdays, Noon-1:00pm at Dusty Strings. February 4, 11, 18, 25.
Thursdays, Noon-1:00pm at Dusty Strings. March 2, 9, 16, 23.

Intermediate Guitar

This class is for anyone who feels comfortable with some basic major, minor and 7th chords in common keys (E, A, D, G, C, etc.) and can change accurately enough between them. We will learn the big bad barre chords which allow you to play any chord any place on the guitar fretboard. Our library of licks and riffs will grow to include diverse artists like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Macklemore. We will learn the guitar playing techniques of Past Masters of the Instrument (the Carter Family, Mississippi John Hurt to name but two), the Icons of Acoustic and Electric Guitar (Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, the Ventures and many others) and even the awesome raw power of Heavy Metal and Grunge (Nirvana, Joan Jett, etc.). As with all classes in this series, mp3 tracks with example played at different speeds will help you progress and have tons of fun.

Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45 at Dusty Strings. March 7, 14, 21, 28.

GROUP GUITAR

An ongoing ensemble for intermediate and stronger players of all acoustic guitars and styles. Adventuresome and ambitious players of any level who are at least comfortable playing chords and who want to play in a group are always welcome. Every piece has a part for every player. Clearly printed charts in Staff and Tab, mp3 practice tracks and YouTube videos will help you work on the pieces.

Our current repertoire includes catchy and popular jazz tunes from the Big Band Era; International Folk Songs and Dances from Asia, Africa, South America and Eastern Europe; contemporary Popular and R&B standards by the Beatles, Freddie King, James Brown; and Classical works by Beethoven' and Vivaldi.

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 at Dusty Strings. February 2, 9, 16, 23.
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 at Dusty Strings. March 7, 14, 21, 28.



Contemporary and Traditional Guitar - Level 3 (Advanced)

You should definitely know how to play barre chords before taking this class. In three weeks we will touch on professional level guitar skills from diverse decades and cultures. We will study the guitar techniques of R&B and Funk Guitar, Latin Jazz, Flamenco, Open Tunings, String Bending, Delta Blues, Improvisation and Solo Guitar Arranging. Other topics in guitar playing will be covered as requested by players in the class. Wherever possible, we will learn from transcriptions of recorded guitarists. We will learn how chords are built so you can find any chord on the guitar without need a chord chart or app. We will explore a simplified and accessible approach that leads to complete mastery of notes and chords on the guitar. As with all classes in this series, mp3 tracks with example played at different speeds will help you progress and have tons of fun.

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COMPLETE MASTERY OF THE GUITAR NECK WORKSHOP

Explore a complete, practical and organized approach to learning notes, scales, licks, and chords any place on the guitar neck, using examples from folk, blues, bluegrass, pop, rock and jazz styles. Leave this class with new musical intelligence and guitar knowledge, and new ideas to apply to your playing.
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ARRANGING FOR FINGERSTYLE GUITAR WORKSHOP

Learn to create a variety of arrangements for fingerstyle guitar. Start with a simple melody ("Ode to Joy") and add bass lines and harmonies. Next, apply chord voicings and chord substitutions to a more advanced tune ("Georgia on My Mind"). Tab and music notation provided; MP3s of materials sent to students' emails.
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BLUES GUITAR BAND CLASS

Funky Blues. Country Blues. Jazz Blues. Latin Blues. Acoustic Blues. Rock Blues. This is a class for intermediate and stronger blues guitar enthusiasts. We will have well-defined parts to play - rhythm guitar, backing riffs, bass riffs, lead riffs and melodies. You'll learn how to work together as a band by listening to each other and creating complementary parts. We will also experiment with creating solos based on melodies, riffs, and chord progressions. Electric guitars are welcome if they can play at acoustic guitar levels. Staff and TAB notation and mp3 files of all pieces will be provided. No experience playing in bands required, but you should know how to play barre chords.
Date and Time TBA

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