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Lessons and Workshops

Lessons & Workshops

Donna is a seasoned guitar teacher who specializes in country and Delta Blues and acoustic and electric slide guitar.  She teaches at the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Chicago Blues Bootcamp.  She has also taught guitar and slide at a number of guitar camps, folk and blues clubs, music conferences, festivals, music stores, and libraries.

Donna has taught at a number of guitar camps including the Great Guitar Camp in North Carolina and at the Augusta Heritage Center’s Blues and Swing Week at Davis and Elkins College.  She has taught workshops at the Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference, the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, and folk clubs.

The Old Town School of Folk Music (OTS)

Donna learned country and Delta Blues, acoustic and electric slide guitar, ragtime and Piedmont style guitar at the Old Town School of Folk Music by listening to and copying licks from old blues recordings and taking classes from OTS teachers Chris Walz and Jon Spiegel.

Upon a recommendation from Chris, the OTS hired Donna as a teacher in November 2015 where she currently teaches acoustic blues fingerstyle and acoustic and electric slide guitar.  Jon and Chris asked Donna to join them for a performance, “Slide Guitar Masters of Old Town School” at Szold Hall. They later performed together at festivals, including the Woodstock Folk Festival.


Donna, Chris Walz and Jon Spiegel


Donna & Chris Walz


Donna, Chris Walz and Jon Spiegel

Lessons and Workshops Offered

Old Town School of Folk Music:

  • Bottleneck Blues: Intro to Slide Guitar
  • Acoustic Slide Guitar 1
  • Continuing Slide and Fingerstyle
  • Electric Slide Guitar

To see a list of Donna’s current workshops and course offerings at the Old Town School of Folk Music, click here

 Workshops at Guitar Camps:

  • Chicago Rhythm and Slide
  • Slidin’ to the Crossroads
  • Muddy Slide Guitar
  • Blues Fingerstyle
  • Americana and Folk Slide
  • Americana Fingerstyle

Donna Herula Private Lessons

Donna also teaches private lessons online for intermediate and advanced guitar and slide guitar players.

For more information or to schedule a time, please use our contact form.

Music Programs with Tony Nardiello

Donna and her husband, Tony, offer several music programs, presentations, and workshops at libraries, music conferences, and festivals.  Please see the program titles below and feel free to request a description from Donna.  Donna offers programs as a soloist or with Tony.  Donna can also customize s specific music programs to meet your needs.

Program Titles:

  • Blues Guitar from Mississippi to Chicago
  • Blues in the Schools
  • The Roots of Americana
  • The Roots of Chicago Blues
  • Women in the Blues

Thank you for a wonderful class!  Your enthusiasm for the genre is contagious and I greatly appreciated your expertise and the tabs you provided.

Gary G. (Workshop Participant)

Donna Herula is the best slide teacher around. After talking lessons from Donna, I started including slide in all of my shows. I was new to guitar because keyboard was my main axe. She’s great at teaching technique, and recognizing your ability, then catering the lesson for you. I’m reading tab, learn by ear, and soloing. I could go on and on. If you want to learn slide from the beginning, like I did, or just improve your playing, she is the teacher you want.

Downtown Charlie Brown, Chicago Blues Musician (Private Student)

Everyone loved the performance! Also it was great working with you. You and Tony were amazing. Thanks!

Nadine (Library Events Coordinator)

It was a great concert. Everyone that attended was very pleased. Thanks for coming out! We look forward to hosting you again.

Sylvia (Library Events Coordinator)

YouTube Delta Blues Guitar Lesson

In this video, Donna teaches Big Road Blues (Tommy Johnson)
and Future Blues (Willie Brown) at the Fountaindale Library

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