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 Banjo, Bluegrass jamming for guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and bass

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

Ed Johnson: Intermediate acoustic guitar

Greg Vaughan: Beginning/Intermediate ukulele

Jack Tuttle’s Summer Bluegrass Classes

Starts June 20th and 21st. Eight week classes.
Questions? email Jack at or call (650) 248-4951
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Beginning Banjo  (Level 1 to 2)
Tue, 6 to 7:00pm, $190 (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. Eight weeks $190 (includes Jack’s mandolin book) Begins Tue, June 20th, 6 to 7pm.

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

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Bluegrass Jam Class: Two Classes (Level 2 to 3)
Tues or Wed, 7 to 8pm. $180, Eight weeks
This class is for those who want to play with others. We’ll put together some standard bluegrass songs and work on playing and singing 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 June 20th and 21st

Beginning Bluegrass Jamming for Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, etc.
Wednesdays, 6 to 7pm. Eight weeks, $180
For those who want to get started playing with others in a friendly, low pressure environment. We’ll play bluegrass music in a relaxed and easy setting. We’ll build up a repertoire of bluegrass songs and play them in a group at a slower tempo. Handouts with easy solos, chords and lyrics will be provided. Singing encouraged, but not required. If you’ve taken Jack’s Beginning Classes and mostly kept up, this class would be the ideal follow up. Prerequisite: Ability to play most standard chords in time. Starts Wed, June 21st

Carol McComb
Classes in all levels of acoustic guitar, voice, harmony singing and songwriting

Carol’s Summer 2017 One Night Only Seminars
All Classes meet from 6 to 8PM *$45 for each class* (Take 4 seminars this summer and save $10)

Carol McComb

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Contact: by email at or phone (650) 530-2526


Monday, June 12
Beginner’s Boot Camp (level 1-2) Lots of chord drills and right hand finger exercises designed to tighten up your chord changes and make your strumming sound even and smooth. We’ll also have fun jamming a bit and learning short cuts to memorizing songs. Good for students who’ve completed level 1 and level 2 classes.

Tuesday, June 13
Intro to Chord Leads Up the Neck (level 3 and up) 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.
Wednesday, June 14; also offered Tuesday, August 29
Slow Jam Mixed Styles (level 2+ and up) (Offered two times this summer with different songs.) If you can play chords without looking at your left hand, you are ready for this class! A fun class where you will learn to recognize chord changes by ear, learn chord theory, learn how songs are structured so you can jam immediately on songs, learn how to follow a jam, and learn how to lead songs. Open to all acoustic stringed instruments!
Tuesday, June 27
Exploring the Circle of Fifths and Basic Chord Theory (level 2-3 and up) Learn how various scales and chords are constructed, what I-IV-V means (plus 2, 3, 6, and b7 chords), how to create more interesting chord arrangements to songs, and what those numbers mean after chords.
Wednesday, June 28
Tips for Improving Your Singing Voice (no guitar level) Whether you are a beginning singer or have done some singing in the past, you can benefit from learning how to use your voice correctly to sing more in tune, manage breath control, sing with better tone, sing in more than one style, etc. Shy singers especially welcome!
Monday, July 24
Beginning Harmony Singing (no guitar level) 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 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.
Tuesday, July 24; also offered Wednesday, July 25
All Bob Dylan (multi level class 2-3; 3-4) (This class was very popular on the survey, so it is being offered on two nights). This class will be taught at two levels simultaneously: Basic arrangements for the songs will be level 2-3. Harder versions of the songs (plus some of the leads played on the original recordings) will be level 3-4. We’ll use tablature for most of the arrangements, so you should already be able to read tablature pretty well.
Tuesday, August 8; also offered Wednesday, August 9
Fingerstyle Blues (multi level class 2-3; 3-4) (This class was extremely popular on the survey, so it is being offered on two nights. SIGN UP EARLY!). Traditional and newer fingerstyle blues songs by artists like Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, and more. We’ll use tablature for most of the arrangements, so you should already be able to read tablature pretty well.
Wednesday, August 30
Advanced Harmony Singing, Mixed Styles (no guitar level) A rock and roll tune, a bluegrass song, an old-time song and a gospel song all in one class! You should have some prior singing experience to take this class, as it will move at a fast pace.
Tuesday, September 5
Campfire Songs #3 (level 2 and up) Your favorite sing-a-long songs – Folk songs, pop songs, cowboy songs, rock and roll tunes, you name it. This class includes Jamaica Farewell, Tennessee Waltz, El Condor Pasa, Jailhouse Rock, Satisfied Mind, Abilene, Donna, Donna, Delia’s Gone, Norwegian Wood, and Proud Mary.
Wednesday, September 6
Playing in a Band (level 2+ and up) There’s nothing quite as fun as playing in a band! We’ll arrange several songs together in class. You’ll learn how to construct intros, fills, instrumental breaks and endings. You’ll learn how to support a lead singer, and not overwhelm the melody, band etiquette and much more. All instruments welcome.

About Carol: Workshops are led by Carol McComb, a Bay area singer, songwriter, recording artist and guitarist with over 35 years experience teaching these classes. She has authored a best selling guitar book, written many articles for Acoustic Guitar magazine and taught at many music camps in the U.S. and Canada. She has toured extensively in duos and bands and also with Linda Ronstadt and Joan Baez.

Greg Vaughan: Summertime Rock Your Uke – 7 week group class

Thursdays, beginning July 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm (7 one-hour classes)
Cost: $150

Ain’t no cure for the Summertime Uke! This continuation of our Rock Your Uke series will focus on summer rock classics. The goal of this beginning/intermediate class will be to continue working on ukulele basics and playing popular songs in a group setting.
You do NOT need to have taken our other classes to take this one. Artists such as the Beach Boys, the Drifters, and Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole will be featured. Starting July 13, Thursdays 7-8 pm; $150 for seven weeks (one-hour classes). Questions? Contact Greg at:
Need a ukulele for the class? Gryphon will provide a free take-home rental ukulele for the duration of the class.

Questions? Contact Greg at: or call 650.858.0667

Ed Johnson

Ed Johnson
Mondays, 7 to 8pm, Starts April 10th 6 weeks, $120
Rhythmic Grooves For Acoustic Guitarists (for intermediate players):
Put some heat in your playing this winter and get your groove on, with a detailed study of classic and modern blues, rock, and reggae standards! We’ll cover fundamental right hand technique (including playing with a pick and basic finger style), and left hand techniques like hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and the most efficient ways to play bar chords. We’ll make ample use of basic first position chords. Prerequisite: Students should have a command of the basic first position major, minor, and dominant 7th chords (you’ll learn some new chord forms in the first position as well!).
Questions? Call Ed at (650) 996-2155.