Boulevard Music offers classes by persons who are not only great players, but more importantly great instructors with years of experience. 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 17, 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. We offer private instruction for younger students (4-8 years of age) where we feel more individual attention is important.
- Wednesday, April 19, 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.
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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 18, 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.
- Thursday April 20, 7-8pm (8 classes) – Gary Mandell – $100
TOM CORBETT’S BLUEGRASS & COUNTRY JAM CLASS
A great jam session lead by Bluegrass great Tom Corbett that offers learning songs, tips, licks, and an opportunity to solo if you would like playing bluegrass and country classics. A chance to develop your backup and soloing skills with real humans creating interplay that’s more fun than social media. Open to guitar, mando, banjo, harmonica, dobro, bass and more.
- Tuesday, April 18, 8-9pm (8 Classes) – Tom Corbett – $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 19, 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 19, 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 April 22, 12:30-1:30pm – 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 April 22, 11am -12pm – Cali Rose- $60
BLUEGRASS BANJO JAM SURVIVAL WITH BILL EVANS (ALL LEVELS)
Get ready to rock your next bluegrass jam session with this practical and fun workshop designed for all level players! Topics include the role of the banjo in a bluegrass band and in a jam, how to effectively accompany singers and other instruments, using your ear to quickly learn chord progressions, play effective back-up using vamping, roll patterns and up-the-neck picking techniques, and working up solos on the fly. Tab for all examples included. Bill Evans has taught thousands of players of all ages and ability levels in over forty years of instruction. He is the author of Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies, has produced nine instructional DVD projects and offers online instruction at Peghead Nation. Learn more about Bill at:
- Saturday April 29, 3-4:30 pm – Bill Evans- $35
FLATPICK GUITAR PRACTICE TECHNIQUES & FRETBOARD MASTERY WITH DAN CRARY (ALL LEVELS)
Dan will provide tips for more effective practice that results in MUCH faster progress as well as cover playing techniques that lead to more powerful accompaniment as well as understanding and executing improvisation and using your ear to find what you need to play on the guitar fretboard. Along with Doc Watson and Clarence White, Dan is a legendary founder of the flatpicking movement and has performed with the all-star band California with master fiddler Byron Berline. He’s a veteran touring musician and an experienced teacher as well – this is a workshop not to miss whether you are an aspiring or an accomplished flatpicking guitar player. Learn more about Dan at:
- Saturday April 29, 4:30-6pm – Dan Crary- $35
FINGERSTYLE BLUES/RAGTIME GUITAR—RICK RUSKIN
Techniques, tips, and tunes from one of the finest fingerstyle/rhythm/blues players around. A master of swing & ragtime guitar. He learned and actually at one time lived with the legendary, Reverend Gary Davis. His books/videos on these subjects are among the best out there. Participants are welcome to bring their guitars as well as recorders.
- Saturday May 13, 4-6pm – Rick Ruskin- $35
Boulevard Music offers private instruction to meet your personal needs for a variety of instruments in addition to voice from our roster of fine professionals. Click on the following link for more information.PRIVATE INSTRUCTION