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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Learn basics about rhythm, harmony, and melody, and how they apply to the banjo.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice/singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile:

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My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar cla
sses in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Once or twice a year we'll also stage a larger event off site for more individual students and bands classes to perform.
Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Music Stands

*A P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Ricky R. December 16, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Great
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Vanessa October 22, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I like these singing classes
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Vanessa October 20, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Still taking this class, it’s reviews are pending
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Michelle Y.

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Rochester, NY

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-clawhammer technique
-arranging tunes in your own style
-learn to play with other musicians
-learn how to participate in a jam session
-learn to play and pick up tunes by ear or with tablature
-advanced melodic clawhammer arranging
-learn to accompany yourself while singing
-writing and arranging tunes
-history of the banjo and of Appalachian old-time fiddle music, and history of each specific tune
-basics of three-finger style
-old-time
-bluegrass
-folk

About Michelle
I am a professional banjo player/guitarist with the internationally touring band Harpeth Rising. I have a Bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master's degree from Eastman School of Music, both in classical guitar performance. I have extensive experience performing, recording and teaching.

I teach all levels of clawhammer banjo and guitar, from absolute beginner to advanced students and musicians. I cater each lesson to the specific student. If you want to learn to read music and understand music theory we will do that. If you want to learn by ear we can do that, and anything in between.

Banjo lessons can include:
-clawhammer technique
-arranging tunes in your own style
-learn to play with other musicians
-learn how to participate in a jam session
-learn to play and pick up tunes by ear or with tabl
ature
-advanced melodic clawhammer arranging
-learn to accompany yourself while singing
-writing and arranging tunes
-history of the banjo and of Appalachian old-time fiddle music, and history of each specific tune
-much more!

Classical Guitar lessons can include:
-fundamentals of classical guitar technique and playing
-reading music
-fundamentals of music theory and how it applies to what you're playing
-focus on getting the best sound from your instrument
-history of classical guitar music and pieces
-how to give a solo performance
-how to play cleanly with as little effort as possible
-increasing and developing your repertoire
-much more!

Bluegrass/Folk Guitar lessons can include:
-basic chords in first position and strumming basics
-advanced chords in other positions
-flatpicking basics
-advanced flatpicking techniques (cross-picking, speed and agility)
-basic and advanced fingerpicking techniques and styles
-learning to accompany yourself while singing
-learning to play with other people
-participating in jams
-basic of chord theory and structure
-reading music OR reading tablature OR learning by ear (or all three)
-much more!

Clawhammer banjo and classical/acoustic guitar are my main specialties. I am also experienced in teaching, playing and performing bluegrass and country steel string acoustic guitar (flatpicking, accompanying, comping, jamming, etc.), three-finger bluegrass banjo, old-time clawhammer banjo, beginner bluegrass mandolin and ukulele, and music theory.

**Availability notice: As I am a touring musician, my availability is flexible. For online lessons, I may need to reschedule times while I'm on tour. For in person lessons, we may need to reschedule missed lesson while I'm on tour.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own instrument, and I expect my students to have an instrument of their own.
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Michael B. November 20, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Michelle Younger is a GREAT banjo teacher!!
Her musical knowledge is very deep, yet she knows how to convey it at just the right speed for the individuals ability. She is extremely perceptive, and can offer valuable suggestions after watching you play through once, whatever it is you are working on. She has me believing I can actually do this! I look forward to each lesson, because she is a delightful person to work with, has keen skills, a good sense of humor, and a whole lot of patience!
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Bryan H. November 20, 2018
· Banjo · Online
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Jim October 24, 2018
· Banjo · In studio
Michelle is a great teacher who has the knowledge, experience (and patience) to help me become comfortable playing the banjo. I look forward to my next lesson.
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Michelle Y.

Michelle Y.

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About Lyle R.

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I have been playing and teaching banjo since 2006, and I'm always very excited to introduce new students to this unique instrument. I focus on the "Scruggs-style" method of playing 5-string banjo, and we'll work on techniques used in common bluegrass and folk tunes. As you advance, I'll help you in creating your own banjo solo breaks.

About Lyle
- Degree in Music Theory / History from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.
- 25 years' teaching and performing experience.
- Fluent in all electric styles, plus acoustic and classical.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to cover the fundamentals while focusing on your personal goals. All stages of ability are welcome, from rank novice to pro. We'll determine what you wish to learn, and build a roadmap to get there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Office in his Townhouse: Music stand, recording equipment, two chairs.

*** Specialties ***
All types of jazz, from swing to modern. Rock, Metal, Blues and Country. Composition and improvisation.
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Marilyn December 11, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Did a fine job discerning what our starting point should be. Easy-going and comfortable to work with.
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Janet November 7, 2018
· Banjo · In home
Great first lesson. I like goal setting and getting email about lesson.
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Evie June 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Evie came back very proud of what she learned in her first lesson & excited for more.
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Lyle R.

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About Gio A.

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New York, NY
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I've played guitar since I was eight years old and various other stringed instruments for several years. I love the banjo sound and played a bit on my original album Heliotropism. I'd love to help novice players get their feet wet with the instrument, strumming and plucking away at their favorite songs.

About Gio
I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.

I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrument takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put some time into practicing, then I will help them go far!

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I have several guitars, a drum kit, djembe, mandolin, clarinet and full-size keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar: Classical, jazz, American or Irish folk, rock and pop; lead or rhythm.
Drums & Percussion: All genres
Piano: Classical (includes sight reading)
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Hardy S. August 22, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
tough connecting, but success...next week will be easier
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Michelle P. January 11, 2018
· Banjo · Online
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Ian C. July 7, 2017
· Drum · In studio
1 lesson and he wants to go back so it is a win for me.. Gio is an educator and knowledgeable on many instruments.
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About Sam K.

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Oakdale, PA
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Bluegrass (Scruggs/Keith) and Old-Timey (Clawhammer)

About Sam
I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. I am experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
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Katharina K. June 18, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Sam is very patient with this novice student and has given great practice tips for improvement.
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Marc S. October 8, 2016
· Fiddle · In studio
Great first lesson with Sam. Learned a lot the entire way through
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Karen May 27, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
I went into banjo lessons not knowing if I could master the instrument or not, being nearly 70 years old. While by no means a master (and never going to be), I have learned so much from Sam and he has shown such patience with me. I often leave my lessons wondering how he ever puts up with me - but he does. His encourgement, laid-back style, expertise and knowledge of music (plus theory) and the banjo is impressive. His good nature makes my lessons so much more pleasant. I would say Sam is a a great teacher for both a beginner or an accomplished musician or in between. He likes to talk and demonstrate (nice and slowly if requested) so I would recommend hour-long lessons at first.
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About Victor S.

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Palo Alto, CA

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I offer banjo for children and adults of all levels, from first time players to very advanced players. I offer lessons teaching three-finger Scruggs, Melodic and Reno-Style bluegrass banjo. I can provide a complete curriculum including tabs/sheet music or I can can give personalized lessons on skills or music of your choice. I teach both playing by ear and tablature. I can also prepare students to play in bands and jams.

About Victor
I am a professional teacher and performer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been teaching guitar, banjo, and mandolin professionally since 2004. I have performed on all of these instruments and have played at numerous music festivals throughout the United States as well as teaching at many music camps on the West Coast. I am currently performing in bands on electric guitar, banjo, and mandolin as well as recording sessions with many many excellent musicians.
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Shani October 25, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Victor has been very helpful. He found my daughter the right size of guitar for her to start with. So far she has been learning chords and learning to strum. She has been enjoying it and we are looking forward to next week
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Terry October 22, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Helped me learn the basics of guitar and has helped me to learn songs that I like on my own. Very friendly and helpful.
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Hailey October 22, 2018
· Mandolin · Online
I have been taking guitar and mandolin lessons from Victor for around two years. I had originally started on guitar and eventually became interested in learning mandolin. He has been nothing short of accommodating both in my schedule and musically. Highly Recommended.
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Victor S.

Victor S.

San Jose, CA 95130
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About Grant H.

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There are many ways to cultivate your musical skill whether it's visual, kinesthetic, or auditory. Let's find out which way works best for you!

Most schools do not offer the flexibility in learning styles necessary for you to find your ideal way of processing new information, whether it be visual, auditorial, kinesthetic, memetic, right brain/left brain, etc.

That's why I'm here! I pride myself on working with each individual student on the subtle ways that they learn and form healthy habits. If you have any questions about my teaching styles or methods please ask!

A little more about me:

I have over 10 years of guitar experience, studying under Jazz heavyweights Corey Christiansen, Oteil Burbridge, and Dan Miller. I pride myself in putting my students needs and wants above all else. I wish to impart a love for music onto my students that can only be cultivated by the bond a teacher and their student share, let us learn and grow together!

About Grant
Hello!

My name is Grant and I’ve been helping students grow for over 11 years now! How time flies! I started playing music at the age of 9 and have been in love with it ever since, staying active in my local music scene as an instructor, performer, manager, and booking agent.

I pride myself in taking a students learning needs and using that as my basis for their specific lesson plan, always on a case-by-case basis, tailored to each individual student. Everyone is at a different waypoint on their path so why would I use a predetermined formula to try and help them, am I right?

This can mean using a specific song as a goal and learning the specific techniques that we need in order to learn it as our curriculum. This could also mean finding out if a visual approach to teaching is better than an auditory one. I like to think of thes
e things for my students to make their learning as easy and effective as possible.

In addition to freelance work, (weddings, jazz brunch gigs, etc.) I am the lead guitarist for the Funk/R&B band Water Seed and the soul project RetroFit. I attended Indiana University for jazz guitar and have studied under jazz greats Dan Miller, Corey Christiansen, and Oteil Burbridge.

I teach all kinds of stringed instruments from guitar and bass to mandolin and banjo! If you have any questions about my teaching methods, skill level in a certain discipline, or anything you can think of I would be more than happy to answer you!

Musically yours,
Grant
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Jon December 17, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Great first lesson, patient and very instructive with your goals in mind. Looking forward to learning all that I can.
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Heather November 28, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Grant is super patient and gives excellent feedback and instruction. Highly recommend!
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Jaci R. November 21, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
Great 1st lesson. Thx
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About Jake L.

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I teach all styles of banjo from old-time, to bluegrass and beyond. I have 5 years of experience teaching; I work with any age, 7 and up.
I love being a teacher for kids and adults.
When I'm not teaching, I'm performing in old-time and bluegrass bands. I spent the last 4 years performing with The Wayfarers and The Sandy Tar Brothers.
I look forward to making music with you!

About Jake
I love bluegrass and old-time music. The first time I heard Scruggs play Foggy Mountain Breakdown, I was hooked. I took a few bluegrass banjo lessons from a local guy, and I was off. Around the same time, I discovered old-time music. I began playing clawhammer to accompany fiddle for square dances. Before long, I discovered Alan Munde, Bill Keith, and Bela Fleck.

I have a solid method that works really well for beginners; I really like working with intermediate and advanced students, too. I get a kick out of teaching because I find it fulfilling, and my students are all really cool.

I also teach guitar and mandolin.
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Jack October 30, 2018
· Banjo · In studio
A lot of music teachers will play a lot during a lesson and not let their student play, but Jake pushes his students to play, even if it’s hard, and just generally bad. Doing what makes you comfortable has never gotten anyone anywhere. He doesn’t keep his students in 1 place very long if they know what they’re doing. Obviously if they’re struggling, he’s there to help. His focus is on growth and accuracy as opposed to speed, which, when learning, is much more important. Speed comes with practice. It’s not how fast you play, it’s how well you play fast.

I’ve taken lessons for piano, guitar, and banjo, and Jake, by far, has been the best teacher I’ve ever had. I learned so much and got really good really fast, all thanks to Jake!

He also doesn’t waste your money. We started early and got out late and always worked until time was up. He doesn’t waste time; he gets stuff done, and I know I, like most people, really appreciate that.

Another thing too is that Jake is super enthusiastic about banjo and music in general... it’s not like most musicians... you’d be surprised. I’ve met a lot of musicians, and I have yet to meet or see someone more enthusiastic about music than Jake. He’s a super nice guy and always in a good mood... always. He’s definitely found his passion.

If you’re looking for lessons in banjo, this guy will get you there... you just need to be willing to do your part and practice. He will teach you what you want and will get you to where you want to go. He’s a tough teacher, but honestly, that’s the best kind. I garuntee you’ll look back at yourself after a month or two of lessons and be blown away by how much better you’ve gotten.
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Matt October 30, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Jake was a replacement teacher that has been able to take me to the next step, easy going and makes the lessons very understandable. It is a pleasure to have Jake as a instructor.
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I'm a 45 year veteran of the bluegrass banjo, having played with The Bee Creek Boys, The Front Porch Boys, Whitehouse Harmony, Eazy Pickinz, and DeAnn Spence and Full House. I also play rhythm guitar, some lead and flatpick guitar, dobro, and a little mandolin. I played in the Front Porch Boys with Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett in the 70's
I've been teaching for over 30 years, and most of my students are beginners.

About Jim
My teaching style is very relaxed, and student driven. A typical session consists of the student showing me what they have learned over the last week, me asking them what they want to do next, followed by me providing the tablature and sound file for the next piece to work on. I specialize in beginners. In fact, nearly all my students are beginners.

I'm a 45 year veteran of the bluegrass banjo, having played with The Bee Creek Boys, The Front Porch Boys (Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett), Whitehouse Harmony, Eazy Pickinz, and DeAnn Spence and Fullhouse. I also teach rhythm guitar, some lead and flatpick guitar, dobro, and mandolin.
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Jim P.

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