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 4-8 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, October 14, 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, October 16, 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, October 15, 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.
- Available by private lessons only this quarter—Gary Mandell
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, Oct 15, 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, October 16, 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, October 16, 8-9pm (8 Classes) – Bernie Pearl – $100
SINGING FOR BLUEGRASS AND FOLK STYLES
Acclaimed Los Angeles powerhouse vocalist Susie Glaze shows you how to use your voice for bluegrass and folk singing styles, with a focus on how classic vocal technique translates into producing sounds for the folk and bluegrass genres of music. This two-hour workshop goes to the heart of the essentials for singing and performing. Workshop will include topics such as breath control, phrasing, sound production techniques, ear training, tone placement, emotional connection and a little cultural back story for added interest and scholarship. Songs will come from the Bluegrass, Folk Revival and Mountain standard catalogues, including the Carter Family, Pete Seeger, Jean Ritchie and Bill Monroe classic collections. Song sheets and handouts will be provided.
- Sunday, October 20, 2-4pm – Susie Glaze – $40
UKULELE FOR BEGINNERS
A four-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. Four fun weeks.
- Saturday, October 19, 1-2pm – Ted Owens – $70
FINGERSTYLE ACOUSTIC GUITAR: BLUES, RAGTIME, AND SLIDE
Tips, tunes, and techniques in the styles of Blues, Ragtime, and slide guitar by the fabulous fingerstyle player Terry Robb. This class will focus on the classic Acoustic Blues styles of players like Mississippi John Hurt to Elizabeth Cotton and John Fahey; Ragtime in the styles of Reverend Gary Davis and Blind Blake; and the Delta Blues styles of Charlie Patton, Son House and others, also covering the monotonic picking styles of Robert Johnson and Lightnin’ Hopkins. This class will also cover Slide Guitar in open tunings. Guitar players of all levels are welcome, and curriculum is provided.
- Sunday, October 27, 1:30-3pm – Terry Robb – $40
UKULELE BEGINNERS PLUS (A NEW CLASS)
A four-week workshop that starts after you’ve learned your basics! This workshop is specially formatted to help beginners to the next level. Learn more strum patterns, chords, fancy embellishments, basic fingerpicking and simple finger exercises that improve your right and left hand technique. Learn the C scale and an introduction to reading tablature. Lots of new songs and you’ll revisit others each week. A natural follow-up to Uke for Beginners and a bridge to take you to the OnGoing Uke Workshop.
- Saturday, November 9, 12:30-1:30pm – Cali Rose – $70
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, October 5, 10:30am -12pm – Cali Rose-$70
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