650.493.2131
Hours: Mon - Thu 10:30am - 8:00pm  -=-  Fri - Sat 10:30am - 5:30pm  -=-  211 Lambert Ave., Palo Alto, Ca 94306,  650-493-2131  -=-  Contact us
LESSONS & RENTALS

» Rentals
» Teaching Staff
» Group Classes
» One Day Workshops

 


Sign up for the Electronic
Gryphon Gazette

Email:

One-Day Workshops and
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

Explore the Alluring Melodies of Brazil and New Orleans

Today!
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost: $40.00
Joao Erbetta & Adam Levy
madfluxmusic.wordpress.com
In this tandem workshop with Brazilian guitarist Joao Erbetta and American guitarist Adam Levy, you'll learn some of the history and repertoire of early(pre-Bossa Nova)Brazilian music, as well as the elements of traditional New Orleans jazz. You'll also discover creative ways to arrange tunes for a guitar duo, so that the song's melody and elemental rhythm are prioritized -- no matter how free-wheeling the improvisation. Together, Erbetta and Levy perform as Mad Flux.

You can find more about them at http://madfluxmusic.wordpress.com/.

A Music Documentary You Won't Want To Miss

Sun, Sep 14, 2014 from 3:45 pm to 12:00 am
Cost: $17.00
The Wrecking Crew
Purchase tickets go to www.wreckingcrewfilm.com

Campfire Songs #1

Mon, Sep 15, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Cost: $50.00
Carol McComb
www.carolmccomb.com
email: carol@carolmccomb.com
Your favorite sing-a-long songs... Folk songs, pop songs, cowboy songs, rock and roll tunes, you name it. (This class includes: Home on the Range, Leaving on a Jet Plane, When I First Came to this Land, Don't Think Twice, Bird Dog, Puff the Magic Dragon, Oh Mary Don't You Weep, A Place in the Choir, Hound Dog, It's Only Love, Lean on Me, Study War No More) Level 2 and up. All instruments welcome. Sign up early this class will be popular!

Contact Carol to sign up!
All classes taught by Carol McComb Fee for each workshop is $50
Contact Carol for more info carol@carolmccomb.com
650-530-2526

Playing Chords Up the Neck

Tue, Sep 16, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Cost: $50.00
Carol McComb
www.carolmccomb.com
email: carol@carolmccomb.com
Back By Demand! Learn where to find partial chord shapes for common chords and common chord progressions up the neck. Hint: It's easier than you might think! We'll locate these positions, play some rhythmic patterns, and explore some simple arpeggiated leads up the neck of your guitar. This class was extremely popular on the survey. You will need to sign up in advance. Level 3 and level 4 players.

Contact Carol to sign up.
All classes taught by Carol McComb Fee for each workshop is $50
Contact Carol for more info carol@carolmccomb.com
650-530-2526

Beginning Harmony Singing

Wed, Sep 17, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Cost: $50.00
Carol McComb
www.carolmccomb.com
email: carol@carolmccomb.com
If you've always been mystified about how people sing in harmony this is the class for you. We'll learn the basics and reveal some tips that the pros use. Whether your goal is to be able to sing harmony to a bluegrass song or a rock and roll tune (or maybe you just want to be able to sing "Happy Birthday" in harmony) you'll get a lot out of this one-night class.

Contact Carol to sign up!
All classes taught by Carol McComb Fee for each workshop is $50
Contact Carol for more info carol@carolmccomb.com
650-530-2526

Jam, Man! (And Woman!)

Sat, Oct 18, 2014 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cost: $45.00
Mark Hanson
AccentOnMusic.com
email: Mark@AccentOnMusic.com
Intimidated by jam sessions? There is no need! In this workshop, Mark teaches the strategies for successfully participating in jam sessions, whether as a leader or a joiner. Through the use of Beatle tunes, a fiddle tune, and Chet Atkins' "Jam Man" (now playing on Esurance commercials on TV!), you will jam right along with the rest of the class, no matter what your skill level. Also, Mark will teach you to fingerpick "Jam Man."

Buy tickets to both workshops for $85

Composing for Fingerstyle Guitar - Maybe It''s Easier Than You Think!

Sat, Oct 18, 2014 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Cost: $45.00
Mark Hanson
AccentOnMusic.com
email: Mark@AccentOnMusic.com
Mark has composed numerous fingerstyle guitar solos that have played in many high-profile places: including Martha Stewart Living, American Idol, and NPR. In this workshop Mark will discuss the compositional process - the technical necessities (not too many!), inspiration and dreaming, and developing ideas - all while you compose a tune together in class! Then, Mark will teach you his beautiful DADGAD tune "Drake's Passage" that played on American Idol.

Buy tickets for both workshops for only $85

Mark's Bio: Mark has authored over two dozen books on playing guitar, and was an editor at Frets magazine in the late '80s. He has shared the stage with many of the greats, including Tommy Emmanuel and the late Jerry Garcia. He won a Grammy in 2005 for his contributions to the "Henry Mancini - Pink Guitar" CD.
------------------

Chops, Licks, Knuckles & Stuff: The Basics of Fingerstyle Guitar

Sat, Oct 25, 2014 from 11:00 am to 11:50 am
Cost: $30.00
Richard Gilewitz
richardgilewitz.com
email: gillacamp@tampabay.rr.com
Richard Gilewitz GillaCamp Guitar Workshop
Class materials and door prizes with workshop
All sessions designed for beginner through advanced player
All four for $100 or $30 per session


Unlock the mystery of the picking hand by learning Richard's Fingerpicking Engine of chops, licks, knuckles and stuff that will bust open your playing to a new and extensive platter of picking possibilities. Learn a number of simple picking patterns that can be use separately or combined to create more depth and range to your playing. This course is the foundation for learning fingerpicking techniques and patterns for electric, nylon or steel stringer players as well as singers/songwriters who play guitar for accompaniment.

Rhythm! Rhythm! Rhythm! and In the Blues

Sat, Oct 25, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm
Cost: $30.00
Richard Gilewitz
richardgilewitz.com
email: gillacamp@tampabay.rr.com
Richard Gilewitz GillaCamp Guitar Workshop
Class materials and door prizes with workshop
All sessions designed for beginner through advanced player
All four for $100 or $30 per session


Whether you play solo or with others, now you can lock into a groove with your newly found trick to developing a tight rhythm. Both a finger picking and rhythmic study will be presented with staccato attacks and syncopation. You'll learn ensemble work by clapping, tapping, and mapping in quarters, eights, triplets and sixteenths. Then put your rhythm study to test with a spruced up 12 bar blues in the Key of E.

Explore Open D Tuning and Learn a Tune

Sat, Oct 25, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Cost: $30.00
Richard Gilewitz
richardgilewitz.com
email: gillacamp@tampabay.rr.com
Richard Gilewitz GillaCamp Guitar Workshop
Class materials and door prizes with workshop
All sessions designed for beginner through advanced player
All four for $100 or $30 per session


Explore Open D Tuning and study Richard's original "Echoing Gilewitz", a short segment form "Echoing Wilderness", covered by Leo Kottke on his recording, "A Shout Toward Noon". At one time it was a well-known morning wake up song on the radio in Japan. The full original 8-minute piece containing "Echoing Gilewitz" can be heard on Synapse Collapse. This piece also appeared in the May/June 2002 issue of Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, coincidentally featuring guitarist John Williams whose European band SKY actually inspired the piece. Break down the tune into three sections using two-finger chord shapes and one simple picking pattern in order to build a complete piece and learn to add swirls, glissandos, and harmonics.

Introduction to Slide Guitar with Open D Selections

Sat, Oct 25, 2014 from 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Cost: $30.00
Richard Gilewitz
richardgilewitz.com
email: gillacamp@tampabay.rr.com
Richard Gilewitz GillaCamp Guitar Workshop
Class materials and door prizes with workshop
All sessions designed for beginner through advanced player
All four for $100 or $30 per session


Never be afraid of slide again, plus impress your friends with this new skill. This course will show you how to incorporate slide into your compositions and expand your playing horizons. Beginners will learn the proper way to hold a slide, the basics of vibrato, simple slide motions, and the art of dampening for smoother, richer tones. Intermediate players will benefit with exercises introducing shimmer and rattle techniques and an introduction to more advanced picking patterns while using the slide. Advanced players will be challenged to utilize the many exercises as inspirations for their own original compositions. Electric guitar players will benefit from the same palette of slide techniques.

Richard Gilewitz Email: contact @richardgilewitz.com or gillacamp@tampabay.rr.com
More information at http://richardgilewitz.com/

About Richard Gilewitz
Richard is a Mel Bay author, a TrueFire instructor, and writes for UK Acoustic and the L2 P Network, has released seven recordings, a number of software instructional courses, tours the globe at a break neck pace with his 6 & 12-string guitars, while teaching full time in his studio or via Skype. He has shared the stage with many truly great players including Stephen Housden of the Little River Band, Mose Allison. The California Guitar Trio, John McCutcheon, John Renbourn, the late John Fahey, Leo Kottke, and John Hammond. He has made himself available to those who want to draw on his plus 40 years of experiences of playing guitar and years of composing, recording, and touring. Dedicated to passing along the torch of fingerstyle guitar, the techniques and skills for improving the craft of playing a stringed instrument has been a life-long ambition that continues to spread throughout the world.

Gryphon Stringed Instruments

Our Hours

Monday through Thursday
10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday
10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Contact us

Our Location

211 Lambert Avenue
at the corner of Park and Lambert
Palo Alto, California 94306
650.493.2131

Hot Instruments

New Martin Custom 000, Madagascar rosewood
New Taylor Custom GA, Ovangkol
1927 Martin 00-45
New Collings UC2, Doghair finish, Ivoroid binding (body and neck)
1949 Martin 000-28
New Collings OM1 Walnut, Deep body, Custom
New Taylor 114e, Satin sunburst
New Bart Reiter Buckbee, Walnut neck