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: The User-Friendly Fretboard, Part One/Fingerstyle Fundamentals

 Carol McComb’s Fall 2019 Guitar Classes

Carol McComb

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

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September One-Night Only Seminars with Carol McComb

6-8 PM. $50

Sign-up online at carolmcomb.com

 

Monday, September 16, 6pm to 8pm – Beginner’s Boot Camp

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, September 17, 6pm to 8pm – Campfire Songs #1

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, and Study War No More.

Level 2 and up. All instruments welcome. Sign up early – this class will be popular!

 Wednesday, September 18, 6pm to 8pm – Beyond Boom Chuck

Tired of doing the same strums for every song you play? Do you wish you could vary your rhythm and do some fills along with bass runs to change it up a bit? Learn how to create rhythmic variation for any song in any style. We will use lots of examples in class. Level 2-3 and up.

 Thursday, September 19, 6pm to 8pm – Beginning Harmony Singing

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.

 

 

 Fall 2019 FOLK GUITAR WORKSHOPS

October 7 –December 5  (8 weeks) – $180

 

MONDAYS

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

6 – Folk Favorites #2

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

TUESDAYS

5 – Light Rock & Pop #1

6 – Songwriting

7 – Americana & Its Roots

WEDNESDAYS

5 – Bluegrass and Carter Style

6 – Country Classics #2

7 – Harmony Singing

THURSDAYS

5 – Americana & Its Roots (choice of two times)

6 – Jamming and Playing By Ear

7 – Already Picking Some

Learn more about Carol McComb >

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Jack Tuttle’s Summer 2019 Mandolin and Bluegrass Jam Classes

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Class details and enrollment >

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

Website: www.jacktuttle.com

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.

Beginning Bluegrass Mandolin Level 1 to 2

Tuesdays, 6 to 7:00pm. Eight weeks, $200 (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. Begins Tue, July 9th 6 to 7pm.

Need a mandolin? Gryphon will supply a free rental for the duration of the class!

#1 Bluegrass Jam Class  (Level 3) Tuesdays, 7 to 8:00pm. Eight weeks, $190

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 Tue, July 9th, 7 to 8pm. Sign up here

#2 Bluegrass Jam Class, (Level 3)  Wednesdays, 6 to 7:00pm. Eight weeks, $190

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 Wed, July 10th, 6 to 7pm.  Sign up here

#3 Bluegrass Jam Class (Level 3) Wednesdays, 7 to 8:00pm. Eight weeks, $190

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 Wed, July 10th, 7 to 8pm Sign up here

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Rock Your Uke 8-week group class

Thursdays, beginning January 31, 2019 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 26 at 7:00 pm (8 one-hour classes)

Cost: $190

Questions, or to enroll, email Greg at [email protected] 

Rock Your Uke! Fall Session.  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 in time.

You do NOT need to have taken our other classes to take this one. Artists such as the Beatles, Ed Sheeran, and Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole will be featured. Starting July 11, Thursdays 7-8 pm; $190 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 >

 

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Ed Johnson’s Winter 2019 Class Series

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Ed Johnson’s Winter Classes begin Monday January 14 and run through Monday March 11 (note: no classes held February 18)
Cost per class is $180. Register at www.edbjohnson.com
 
A Beatles Retrospective
The Beatles are like an old friend – you revisit them and find new ways to appreciate them! These two eight-week classes will feature acoustic arrangements of some of their most dynamic repertoire, spanning their years together as one the best rock bands ever.
EASY BEATLES: A collection of songs arranged for ease of playing. We’ll use simple strumming and picking techniques, along with first position chords and an occasional bar chord.
(Students should have a working knowledge of first position chords. We’ll cover techniques using a pick as well as finger style. Monday 6:30-7:25pm)
MORE CHALLENGING BEATLES: This class will feature more intricate arrangements, using flatpuck and finger style techniques, as well as chords in both first position and up the neck. (Students shoukd have a firm knowledge of first position chords, basic bar chords, and have experience in both flatpucking and finger picking. Monday 7:30-8:25pm)

 

To register, go to www.edbjohnson.com

 

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