Group Classes

Gryphon often hosts group classes featuring our excellent teaching staff. Contact the instructor directly for more information or to sign up for the class of your choice.

Jack Tuttle: Beginning Mandolin, Bluegrass jamming for guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and bass

Carol McComb: All-levels acoustic guitar, voice, harmony singing and songwriting

Greg Vaughan: Beginning/Intermediate ukulele

Ed Johnson: Exploring Acoustic Blues/James Taylor Songbook

Jack Tuttle’s More Mandolin

Jack Tuttle

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Questions? email Jack at [email protected] or call (650) 248-4951.


Need to miss a class or two? I do provide email support and update my website to include pdfs and mp3s of missed materials, so you can still keep up.

More Mandolin (Level 2 – 3)
Tuesdays, 6 to 7:00pm. Eight weeks, $180. Starts Oct 2nd. See for details and signup.

For those who already play a bit of mandolin or have taken Jack’s Beginning Mandolin Class. We’ll work through Jack’s Mandolin Primer to develop an understanding of the basics of bluegrass mandolin. emphasis on technique building and understanding the elements bluegrass mandolin. We’ll also do some songs by ear. Lead parts and rhythm will be covered. Good for guitar players with some flatpicking experience too! Starts Tuesday Oct 2nd, 6 to 7pm. $180

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Carol McComb’s Fall 2018 Guitar Classes

Carol McComb

Email Carol at [email protected] or call (650) 530-2526.

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October 1 – December 5

(No classes Thanksgiving week; No harmony class 10/10. Make-up lesson will be 12/5)


5 – Starting to Play (level 1) (choice of two times)

6 – Folk Favorites #2 (level 2)

7 – Starting to Play (level 1) (choice of two times)


5 – Bluegrass and Carter Style #6 (songs level 2-3, leads level 3-4)

6 – Songwriting – Melody and Metaphor #3 (no guitar level) New class!

7 – Americana & Its Roots #10 (multi-level class – levels 2-3 and 3-4) New class! (choice of two times)


5 – Folk Standards (level 1-2)

6 – Music Theory for Guitar (level 2-3)

7 – Harmony Singing – Mixed Styles (no guitar level) New Songs!


5 – Americana & Its Roots #10 (multi-level class – levels 2-3 and 3-4) New class! (choice of two times)

6 – Already Picking Some More (Intermediate Travis Style class) (level 3)

7 – Easy Alternative Rock (level 2+) (intro to flatpicking)


All workshops are $180

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

Learn more about Carol McComb >


Rock Your Uke 8-week group class

Thursdays, beginning September 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm (8 one-hour classes)
Cost: $180

Greg Vaughan

Questions, or to enroll, email Greg at [email protected] or call 650-858-0667.

Rock Your Uke 8-week group class
Thursdays, beginning September 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm (8 one-hour classes)
Cost: $180

“All the leaves are brown…,” so it’s time to Rock Your Uke into fall! This continuation of our Rock Your Uke series will focus on classic rock tunes and some new ones as well. The goal of this beginning/intermediate class will be to continue working on ukulele basics and playing popular songs in a group setting. Beginners are welcome but should be able to play a few chords and a basic strum pattern.

You do NOT need to have taken our other classes to take this one. Artists such as the Green Day, Neil Young and “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole will be featured. Starting September 20, Thursdays 7-8 pm; $180 for eight weeks (one-hour classes).

Questions? Contact Greg at: [email protected]

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

Learn more about Greg Vaughan >



Ed Johnson’s Spring 2018 Class Series

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Six-Week Classes start Monday April 9 and run through May 21

(NOTE: There will be no classes held May 14).

Classes are 60 minutes in length.

Cost per class is $140.

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Exploring Acoustic Blues – We’ll take at a look at this timeless art form through the music of pioneers like Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and Big Bill Broonzy, as well as through modern players such as Keb Mo, John Cephas, and Eric Clapton. Various finger style techniques will be covered, as well as some basic guitar-oriented music theory in learning how to start improvising over basic blues song structures and chord progressions. (Monday 6:30-7:30pm. Some prior experience in finger style playing is recommended)

James Taylor Songbook – Later this year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of James Taylor’s debut recording on the Beatles label Apple Music, simply titled James Taylor. Little did we know then that James would be launching an iconic career, with songs that have become American standards. We’ll revisit some of the best of his repertoire, exploring the unique guitar stylings and techniques used in his memorable songs. (Monday 7:35-8:35pm. Some prior experience in finger style playing is recommended)

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