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
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.
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’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)
Registration: Full class details
Contact: by email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
Greg Vaughan: Summertime Rock Your Uke – 7 week group class
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.
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: email@example.com or call 650.858.0667
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!).