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Holiday Hours - We are open Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00 through December 23rd.
Wednesday, Dec. 24, Open 10:30 - 4:00   |   Closed Christmas   |   Dec 31, Open 10:30 - 3:00   |   Closed New Year's Day.

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Other Events at Gryphon

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

Gryphon is Open this Sunday

Sun, Dec 21, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost: Free!
The Gryphon Staff
email: workshops@gryphonstrings.com


Mon, Jan 05, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $170.00
Carol McComb
email: carol@carolmccomb.com
Winter 2015 FOLK GUITAR WORKSHOPS Beginning January 5, 6 & 7
Take two workshops during the same quarter and discount your second class by $10
To see complete descriptions and sign up click here!

5:00 - Starting to Play (level 1) (choice of two times)
6:00 - Folk Standards (levels 1-2)
7:00 - Starting to Play (level 1) (choice of two times)
8:00 - Already Picking Some (level 2 - 3)

5:00 - Light Rock and Pop #1 (level 2+)
6:00 - 21st Century Rock, Folk and Country (levels 2-3) *NEW CLASS*
7:00 - British Songwriters (levels 4 - 4+) *NEW CLASS*
8:00 - Songwriting Rhythm, Rhyme and Harmony (no guitar level)

5:00 - Folk Favorites #2 (level 2-3)
6:00 - Singing with Style (no guitar level)
7:00 - Country and Blues instrumentals A (level 4)
8:00 - Harmony Singing - All Styles (no guitar level) New Songs!

All workshops are one hour long and cost $170.
Gryphon has loaner guitars available for "Starting to Play" only. Call Gryphon for details.

Take two workshops during the same quarter and discount your second class by $10

Contact Carol to sign up
Email: Carol@CarolMcComb.com

The Metronome is Your Friend

Sat, Jan 10, 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, Jan 10, 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.comfor more info.

Swing/Jazz Guitar Styles Workshop

Sat, Jan 17, 2015 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Paul Asbell
Jazz has its own language... and for most guitarists, it's a foreign language. This workshop explores the skills you need to play Swing Jazz in an ensemble, or solo. This overview will cover chord progressions and rhythm skills, technique-building exercises for soloing, chord-melody approaches, bass-line comping, jazz harmony and terminology, and basic theory concepts that enable you to apply these skills to jazz standards. All levels are welcomed, but some experience with jazz will be necessary, as advanced topics will be covered. Many hand-out sheets will be provided, so you'll have plenty of material to work on for years to come! Participants are encouraged to bring an audio or video recorder to get the most out of the workshop.

Fingerstyle Country Blues Workshop

Sat, Jan 17, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Cost: $40.00
Paul Asbell
Fingerstyle blues guitar, in the styles of Mississippi John Hurt, Lightnin' Hopkins, Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Merle Travis, Dave van Ronk, and others. Topics covered will include right hand fundamentals, such as alternate-bass technique, Delta-style drones, palm muting, and exercises to create effortless dexterity, syncopations and strong grooves. Left-hand issues range from basic chord concepts to sophisticated jazz and ragtime chord substitutions, moving bass lines, "guide tones", etc. w/ emphasis on creating your own licks, turnarounds and variations within the style. All levels welcome, but many ideas will be geared to the evolved player. Many worksheets will get handed out, with exercises, TAB transcriptions, chord fingerings, etc. enough to keep you busy for many months afterwards. Participants are encouraged to bring an audio or video recorder to get the most out of the workshop.

Paul has performed and recorded with numerous legends of blues, jazz, and folk, including Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, John Lee Hooker, David Bromberg, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Betty Carter, James Carter, Sonny Stitt, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Joshua Redman, Paul Siebel, Rosalie Sorrels, Mary McCaslin, former student Trey Anastasio, and countless others. He has taught guitar for over 35 years, at Dartmouth College, St. Michael's College, Skidmore College, and presently teaches at University of Vermont and Middlebury College. Paul's acoustic CD's have received glowing reviews from Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Guitar, Sing Out, and Downbeat.

Jack Tuttle's Bluegrass Classes (nine weeks)

Mon, Jan 19, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:45 pm
Cost: $170.00 - $180.00
Jack Tuttle
email: jack@jacktuttle.com
Beginning the week of Jan 19th.
Questions? email Jack at jack@jacktuttle.com or call (650) 248-4951

Please contact Jack in advance to reserve a spot!

Beginning Mandolin (Level 1 to 2)
Mondays 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 Mon, Jan, 19th

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, 6 to 7:00pm, 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 Tues, Jan 20th

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

Bluegrass Jamming: (Level 2) 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 try playing with others. We'll put together some standard bluegrass songs and work on playing 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, Jan 20th and Wed Jan 21st.

Bluegrass Banjo 2: Repertoire and Technique Building (Level 2 to 3)
Tuesdays, 8 to 9:00pm, Nine weeks, $170
We'll work up solos from Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, J.D. Crowe and others, focusing on commonly played songs. Some up-the-neck soloing will be covered, as well as standard Scruggs backup licks. We'll work on developing solid tone, good timing and speed.

Fiddle Tunes for Guitar and Mandolin (Level 2 to 3)
Wednesdays 8 to 9pm. $170
Guitars and mandolins unite! We'll work up mostly American fiddle tunes and play them together. Part repertoire class, part technique and part jam. Leads parts and some backup will be covered. Included will be a few things from David Grisman and Tony Rice.
Starts Wed, Jan 21st.

Advanced Bluegrass Jam Class: (Level 3)
Thursdays 7:30 to 8:45pm. Nine weeks, $170
This is a higher level bluegrass jam class that is more improvisational. Solos are worked up organically as we play from the students' chosen repertoire of about ten songs. For the bluegrass player (guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, fiddle, dobro) who wants more experience playing with other people. The repertoire will consist of standard bluegrass songs and fiddle tunes. Students will be coached on jam etiquette, proper balance, backup and fills. Includes lead and harmony singing. Class prerequisite: student must be able to play chords at a steady, moderate tempo and be able to work up solos without help. Starts Thurs, Jan 22nd.

Old Time Fiddle Workshop

Sat, Jan 31, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost: $35.00
Charlie Walden
In this workshop you will learn several fiddle tunes from Charlie's huge repertoire of Missouri and mid-west tunes. These are tunes that can be played in old time jams or for contra and square dances. Charlie's tunes are fun to learn and the class will move along at a good speed. The class is for intermediate fiddlers who have played tunes and can pick up a tune by ear. There will be music available for some of the tunes but you are encouraged to bring a recording device.

Charlie Walden has for many years been a tireless advocate for the preservation of old-time fiddling in Missouri as co-founder of the Missouri State Old Time Fiddlers Association; organizer of fiddle contests and conventions; producer of records, radio shows, and fiddle programs; and author of numerous articles on fiddling. Active as both a dance and contest fiddler, Charlie has been state champion in Missouri and Illinois, won the West Virginia State Folk Festival fiddle contest in 1994, and was a featured performer on the 1994/95 Masters of the Folk Violin West Coast tour. He has learned from some of Missouri's greatest fiddlers, Taylor McBaine, Pete McMahan, and Cyril Stinnett among others. Another major influence was the tune historian R. P. Christeson, who instilled in Charlie an enduring interest and respect for the varied fiddle styles in the region, particularly the older styles of playing.

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211 Lambert Avenue
at the corner of Park and Lambert
Palo Alto, California 94306
Toll Free: 888.493.2131

Holiday Hours
Beginning the Sunday following Thanksgiving through December 23rd we are open Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00.
On Wednesday, December 24 we are open from 10:30 - 4:00, we are closed Christmas.
On New Years Eve, December 31 we are open from 10:30 - 3:00 We are closed New Year's Day.

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