Sign Up Now For Session 3 Classes at OTSFM!

Enjoy $15 off our upcoming session of 8-week adult group classes! Use promo code STRACKE17 online, at any of our locations, or over the phone at 773-728-6000. (Offer expires Monday, APRIL 10, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CST).
I am now teaching Ukelele to private students - in addition to guitar, bass, songwriting, arranging, composition and band skills. 
Join me in the following open classes this session:

MONDAY
4:00-6:00 PRIVATE LESSONS
6:30 SONGWRITING: FUNDAMENTALS
8:00 GUITAR 2rep

TUESDAY
3:00-6:00 PRIVATE LESSONS
6:30 ENSEMBLE BASICS
8:00 GUITAR 1rep

WEDNESDAY
3:00-5:00 PRIVATE LESSONS
6:30 GUITAR 2
8:00 PRIVATE LESSONS

THURSDAY
4:00-6:30 PRIVATE LESSONS
7:00 GUITAR 2
8:30 BEATLES FOR BEGINNERS

SATURDAY
11:00 GUITAR 4
1:00 CLASSIC ALBUM ENSEMBLE Squeeze 'Singles" 
2:30-4:00 PRIVATE LESSONS

As always, we recommend you sign up as soon as possible to ensure your class will run. Questions? Let me know!

SIGN UP FOR SESSION 2 AT OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC

Session 2 Begins March 6th.  Expect a discount code on Monday!

 

New this session, I am teaching Ukelele to private students - in addition to guitar, bass, songwriting, arranging, composition and band skills. 

HERE ARE THE CLASSES I'M TEACHING:

MONDAY 

4:00-6:00 PRIVATE LESSONS

6:30 SONGWRITING: FINISH YOUR DAMN SONGS! 

8:00 GUITAR 2 

TUESDAY

3:00-6:00 PRIVATE LESSONS 

6:30 ENSEMBLE BASICS  

8:00 LEAD GUITAR BASICS

 

WEDNESDAY

3:00-5:00 PRIVATE LESSONS

6:30 GUITAR 1 REP

8:00   PRIVATE LESSONS

 

THURSDAY

4:00-6:30 PRIVATE LESSONS

7:00 GUITAR 1 REP

8:30 BEATLES FOR BEGINNERS

 

SATURDAY

11:00 GUITAR 3 REP

1:00 CLASSIC ALBUM ENSEMBLE Devo's "Freedom Of Choice"

2:30-4:00 PRIVATE LESSONS

 

As always, we recommend you sign up as soon as possible to ensure your class will run. Questions? Let me know! SIGN UP AT WWW.OLDTOWNSCHOOL.ORG

Sign up now for next session at OTSFM!

Session 1 at OTSFM starts Monday!

Session 1 Begins January 9th. 

  • New this session, I am teaching Ukelele to private students - in addition to guitar, bass, songwriting, arranging, composition and band skills. 
  • Don't be basic. Learn the basics! At Ensemble Basics Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. 

Join me in the following open classes this session:

MONDAY
4:00-6:00 PRIVATE LESSONS
6:30 SONGWRITING: CONTINUING (3 spots available)

TUESDAY
3:00-4:00 PRIVATE LESSONS
5:00-6:00 TEEN ROCK BAND
6:30 ENSEMBLE BASICS (5 spots available)
8:00 SONGWRITING: FINISH YOUR DAMN SONGS! (5 spots available)

WEDNESDAY
3:00-5:00 PRIVATE LESSONS
6:30 GUITAR 2 (5 spots available)
8:00   PRIVATE LESSONS

THURSDAY
4:00-5:30 PRIVATE LESSONS

SATURDAY
3:00-4:00 PRIVATE LESSONS
 

As always, we recommend you sign up as soon as possible to ensure your class will run. Questions? Let me know!

Best,
Charles

Two Workshops This Sunday!

 

This Sunday, we're doing the Fingerpicking For Absolute Beginners at 1, and Making Chord Transitions Easier at 3. Take both and get $15 off!

 

Here's the link for Fingerpicking:

https://www.oldtownschool.org/classes/detail/?courseid=3985

and the one for Transitions:

https://www.oldtownschool.org/classes/detail/?courseid=5594

As always, we recommend you sign up early to reserve your spot!

2 workshop This Sunday: Effect Pedals and Barre Chords!

Hello everyone! Enjoy a special offer! Take two workshops and save $10 when you checkout! Use the code 'PEDAL10' for $10 off second August 7th workshop!

EFFECT PEDALS AND ELECTRONICS FOR GUITAR Workshop
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 3:00-4:30

The modern guitar is not just a guitar and amp any more! Processing units in between guitar and amp, called effect pedals, or “stomp boxes,” enhance the range, color, and orchestral possibilities of the instrument. Learn the best way to use distortion, overdrive, fuzzes, delays, reverbs, choruses, loopers, wah-wahs, volume pedals, compressors, and more. Look at the modern possibilities of Kaoss pads, e-bows, and custom switching. Using these modern colors doesn't have to be confusing! (removed text) This workshop fills up fast! Advanced registration is encouraged. Cost: $25, $24 Members

Register here:
https://www.oldtownschool.org/classes/detail/?courseid=5086

BARRE CHORDS ARE YOUR FRIENDS Workshop
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 1:00-2:30
The lament of the guitarist after the first couple of classes: “ARGGHH!! Barre chords!” Don't fret, there is hope! In this workshop, you’ll develop the muscles and theory to play bar chords across the neck and learn how to move fluidly from open chords and other chord forms. Learn partial bar forms so you can play your favorite songs while developing your technique. Bar chords without frustration! A workshop for beginners and pros alike!
This workshop fills up fast! Advanced registration is encouraged. 
Cost: $25, $24 Members
Register here:
https://www.oldtownschool.org/classes/detail/?courseid=3913

Thanks!

Fingerpicking For Absolute Beginners Workshop is Sunday, May 15th!

This Sunday at 2:00!
Fingerpicking For Absolute Beginners Workshop
Learn simple thumb- and- one finger approaches to fingerpicking that can eventually turn in to more complex accompaniment. No fingerpicking experience is necessary; you'll start fingerpicking—simple techniques and patterns that you can use right away! You'll learn simple arpeggios, alternate bass patterns, and a “Travis picking” pattern. If you've already tried fingerpicking, Charles can help you with simple tips to help you with your tone, speed and coordination. And keep in mind that you can start fingerpicking even if you've learned only a few chords!
I encourage folks to sign up it advance. This workshop frequently sells out!
Check out the video at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvIPszIG74g
Register at:
https://www.oldtownschool.org/classes/detail/?courseid=3985

The new session at The Old Town School starts in 3 weeks!

Midnight tonight! The $15 code BREEZY15 expires! 

Upcoming Classes
Monday
6:30 Riff Rock Part 1: The Classics (weeks 1-4)
Riff Rock Part 2: The Modern Age (weeks 5-8)
8:00  Guitar 4

Tuesday
5:00 Teen Rock Band Ensemble
6:30 All Originals Ensemble
8:00 Muppets Music (two 4-week sessions)

Wednesday
6:30 Guitar 2
8:00 Effect Pedals Overview/Learn How To Jam (two 4-week sessions)

Thursday
5:30 Guitar 1
7:00 Guitar 1 Rep
8:30 Beatles For Beginners

Saturday (7 weeks because of July 4th, so discounted)
10:00 Guitar 3 Legends (Teen Guitar)
11:00 Guitar 4ever
1:00 Classic Album Ensemble Plays “Big Star” 

New Classes at OTSFM starting 4/27

Hey guys! The next session is just around the corner!
Here's what I'm doing:
Monday
3:30-6:00 Private Lessons
6:30 Songwriting Fundamentals
8:00 Guitar 4

Tuesday 
3:30-4:30 Private Lessons
5:00 Teen Rock Ensemble
6:30 All Originals Ensemble 
8:00 Songwriting: Lyrics and Melody

Wednesday
5:00-6:00 Private Lessons
6:30 Guitar I Rep
8:00 Lead Guitar Rep

Thursday
4:00-5:00 Private Lessons
5:30 Guitar 3
7:00 Guitar 1
8:30 Beatles For Beginners

Friday 
4:00-6:00 Private Lessons (contact me first)

Saturday 
10:00 Guitar 3 Legends
11:00 Guitar 1
1:00 Classic Album Ensemble Plays David Bowie "Ziggy Stardust..."
2:30-4:00 Private Lessons

Making Friends With Barre Chords Workshop 11/23, 2pm at OTSFM

 

$25 ($24 members) · 90 minutes · Single meeting

The lament of the guitarist after the first couple of classes: “ARGGHH!! Barre chords!” Have no fear, there is hope! In this workshop, you’ll develop the muscles and theory to play bar chords across the neck and learn how to move fluidly from open chords and other chord forms. Also learn partial bar forms so you can play your favorite songs while you're developing your technique. Bar chords without frustration! 
 

Bring your guitar, a recording device if you wish, and space for notes. 

Prerequisites: Open to any who can play basic open chords!

check out the video and register at:

https://www.oldtownschool.org/classes/detail/?courseid=3913

Songwriting Specialties: Chords and Structure starts Oct. 29

Songwriters often feel they're often running out of options with either the way they organize the sections of their songs, or the chord progression they use. The Chords and Structure class will expand on the techniques you know, giving you more options to create the song you want.

In the Chords part of the class, we'll first look at logic of why and when chords want to move with in a key. Then, we'll look at how chords affect the perception of melody and lyrics. We also study how to extend chords you already know, by adding 6th's, 7th's, 9ths and suspensions, polychords, and bass notes. Finally, we'll look at when other chords can be 'borrowed' from other keys. 

In the Structure part of the class, we'll investigate how people have used verses, choruses, refrains, pre-choruses, intros, outros, and codas. We'll look at special song forms used in blues, folk, country, jazz, standards, pop and hard rock. Most importantly, we'll look at why people use them, why they break away from them, and how they can help your own songwriting vision!

register at:

http://www.oldtownschool.org/classes/detail/?courseid=4241
 

A New Session at The Old Town School Of Folk Music

The Play It Again discount period for Session 6 will begin on today and the promo code (spookyfolk14) will expire on Sunday, October 12th at 11:59 PM.
Here's what I'm doing next session:
Mondays
6:30 Songwriting: Continuing Work
8:00 Guitar 2 Rep
Tuesdays
5:00 Teen Classic Rock Ensemble
6:30 All Originals Ensemble
8:00 Songwriting: Chords and Structure
Wednesdays
6:30 Guitar 3 Rep
8:00 Lead Guitar Rep
Thursday
5:30 Guitar 1 Rep
7:00 Guitar 2 Rep
8:30 Beatles For Beginners
Saturdays
10:00 Guitar 3 Legends (Teens)
11:00 Guitar 3 Rep
1:00 Classic Album Ensemble (T Rex’s ‘Electric Warrior’)
2:30 Songwriting: Fundamentals
There are also two workshops coming up:
10/12 Effect Pedals and Electronics for Guitars
11/2 Strumming Secrets
11/23 Making Friends With Barre Chords
12/7 Argh! Writer’s Block!
12/7 Buying Your First Electric Guitar, Bass and Amp