With Ian Whitcomb & Dave Jones at Cantalini's With the Goin' South Band

Performances


MUSIC MAKES YOU SMARTER!
TRY ONE OF MY CLASSES, 
STARTING UP AT McCABES IN SANTA MONICA

You can drop in on the jam classes ( blues jam & folk jam) whenever you want and pay per class.

BEGINNING MANDOLIN 
Is mandolin just for bluegrass and Italian songs? No way! It's also heard in rock, country, folk, jazz, and swing. You'll learn songs in all these styles from Fred, as well as how to get around the instrument in several keys, and even how to improvise, so you can (gasp!) play with other people. The mando may be small, but there's a world of music in there, and this is a great way to get started. 
6:30 - 8:00 PM Thursdays, May 23 - Jun 27 (6 sessions) $150

BEGINNING BANJO 
Nothing sounds like a banjo...except a banjo! In this 5-string class, Fred introduces you to all kinds of banjo music: bluegrass, old-time, blues, Beatles, whatever! All the chords, strums and picking patterns you need. You'll be playing tunes at the first class. 
1:00 - 2:30 PM Sundays, May 26 - Jun 30 (6 sessions) $150

BLUES UKULELE 
Everybody gets the blues sometimes (to quote Merle Haggard), and the best way to lose the blues is to play it. Besides teaching you some classic blues tunes, Fred will show you how to strum movable chords to a 12 bar blues in any key and give you some classic licks and scales for jamming with your friends! Tab will be handed out so you can practice in the days and weeks to come after the session. 
3:00 - 4:30 PM Sunday, May 26 (1 session) $40

FRETBOARD ROADMAPS FOR GUITAR 
Finally, learn the "secrets of the pros" that help you play lead and rhythm in all keys, all over the fretboard! You'll understand chord progressions and expand your chord vocabulary. Guitar music theory will make sense out of all those strings and frets and chords and scales. 
6:30 - 8:00 PM Wednesdays, May 29 - Jun 19 (4 sessions) $110

BLUES JAM - ALL INSTRUMENTS WELCOME!
Electric guitars and acoustic guitars are welcome, as well as blues harp, bass, and anything else you like to play (sax, banjo, mandolin, uke, you name it). We'll explore the repertoire of BB, Albert and Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Clapton, Stevie, T-Bone Walker and all the blues greats (from the late '40s to the present). Fred can help you with chord progressions, soloing techniques, etc., but mostly it's a chance to jam and get used to playing great blues tunes with other people. 
8:00 - 9:30 PM Wednesdays, May 29 - Jul 3 (6 sessions) $150

FOLK MUSIC JAM - ALL INSTRUMENTS WELCOME!
If you fondly remember the early '60s folk era, or if you were born too late and wish you hadn't been, now's your chance to jam on tunes like "Tom Dooley," "House Of The Rising Sun," "Freight Train," "Don't Think Twice," "Turn, Turn Turn," and more. Think Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Leadbelly, Joan Baez, Peter Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger, Leonard Cohen, and folk rockers like the Byrds, Mamas & Papas, Simon & Garfunkel. I'll write out the chord progressions on the blackboard and we all play and (if you want to) trade solos. There are 6 sessions, starting next week, but you can come whenever you want & pay per lesson.
8:00 - 9:30 PM Thursdays, May 16 - June 20

Call the store at 310) 828-4497 to sign up for a class
or just show up!
McCabes is at 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica CA 90405


 
At the Coffee Gallery in Alta Dena Fred backstage at McCabes with Tom Paxton