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5 string, open G tuning, Scruggs style
Tenor banjo too!
I have been teaching music for 16 years. I grew up on the 2nd floor of my father's music store in Central PA and have been around music my whole life. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of the Arts where I studied jazz guitar with Pat Martino, Jimmy Bruno, Steve Giordano, and Tom Giacabetti. I was one of the original teachers during the formative years at the Paul Green School of Rock Music where I later went on to be the Music Director of the Philadelphia and Downingtown Schools. During that time, I helped many students prepare and get accepted to music schools, ran and developed music summer camps, and organized concerts where the students performed the music of Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and many more of rock's finest band at every major venue in ...
My name is Pete. I've been playing guitar for over 15 years. In 2011 I graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Professional Music. There, I spent several semesters studying with Tomo Fujita (former teacher of John Mayer and Eric Krasno). I've also studied with legendary guitarist Pat Metheny and Jack Pezanelli. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wes Montgomery, and Jimi Hendrix are responsible for inspiring me to play guitar and I specialize in teaching blues and jazz guitar, bass, and piano. I firmly believe that every serious musician should study ear training and music theory and I incorporate these areas in my lessons as long as the student wants to study this way. I've performed with a bunch of great artists in the Boston and Philadelphia area.
Expert instruction from veteran performer/ teacher on Bluegrass and Old-Timey banjo.
I know my subjects very well and am good at expressing them to students.
I start with a beginner bluegrass banjo book as a stepping stone to The Earl Scruggs Book as needed.
I use Tim Jumpers book for introduction to Frailing banjo.
I'm very patient and easy to work with and people tell me they find my lessons fun as well as interesting!
Wanamaker is an extremely versatile musician. He leads a Chicago Blues Band, A Classic Bluegrass Band and his newest project A Gypsy Swing/Americana Band. He also has given many concerts on solo guitar. He was a member of The John Herald Band from 1976-1980-playing venues from The Greek Theatre in Berkely California to Carnegie Hall in New York. He then formed The Lewis Brothers,Phila.'s premier bluegrass band. They have played Venues like The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Sellersville Theatre and many clubs in the North Eastern U.S.They toured Holland in 1988. Here's what Gene Shay-Host on WXPN Radio and Emcee of the Philadelphia Folk Festival had to say: "Wanamaker has to be the best, banjo picker to come out of Philadelphia in ages. His guitar work is always top notch and ...
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."