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Popular Banjo Teachers

Edwin I.

El Segundo, CA
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Mike T.

Manassas, VA
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Calvin A.

Costa Mesa, CA
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Edwin I.

El Segundo, CA

Earl Scruggs 3 finger style
Learning songs
Improvisation soloing
Proper technique
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Luca G. February 15, 2017
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Keeps the lesson moving and is very positive with feedback.
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Eric February 2, 2017
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
Good Instructor, Taught Me Alot About Tuning and The Names Of The Strings.
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Kim N. February 1, 2017
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
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Mike T.

Manassas, VA

Scruggs Style Bluegrass 5-String Banjo

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Rita January 5, 2017
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Mike incredibly skilled and patient, has a wonderful teaching manner, and is always encouraging--the perfect mix of traits for a terrific instructor.
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Chris October 28, 2016
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson--Mike is first-class.
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Mike June 17, 2016
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent choice for instructor. This will be fun.
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Calvin A.

Costa Mesa, CA

After the first lesson you will be making music, playing songs and you will be on your way to achieving your musical goals with the banjo. Banjo playing requires a knowledge of chords, melody, picking technique as well as knowing songs all of which we will begin to learn in your first lesson.

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Grace F. January 8, 2017
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Grace loved it! She immediately took out her banjo and started practicing as soon as Calvin left. Calvin is fantastic! He's very encouraging and nurturing and a lot of fun!
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Greg S. November 9, 2016
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Awesome. Very knowledgeable and patient. Highly recommend.
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Glen September 30, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
As an older student just starting out I felt I hit the jackpot with Calvin. He worked with me to learn the music I was interested in and at the same time he taught the fundamentals. I always looked forward to our time together. He is kind, helpful, and honest. I highly recommend Calvin.

Lyle R.

Sun Prairie, WI
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Steve G.

Deerfield Beach, FL
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Caleb E.

Nashville, TN
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Lyle R.

Sun Prairie, WI

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.

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Patrick January 31, 2017
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Awesome teacher! only first time and I already know he is very nice and patient!
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Sri G. October 14, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He is been really good,explains very clearly. He can understand me very well. Good to have him as my teacher. These are words told by my daughter.
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Patty May 15, 2016
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
I know nearly nothing about music, but just love to try. Lyle is patient, and able to be flexible if I have not been able to practice (as much as I should!)
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Steve G.

Deerfield Beach, FL

Beginning lessons include note recognition, finger positions,scales, and chords, and progresses up to strumming, frailing, and rolls with the right hand. Strumming with the hand and with fingerpicks is also covered. All geared to get you up and making music ASAP!

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Dan K. February 12, 2017
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Great experience. I have learned a ton and had a lot of fun with the lessons. Steve has a gift simplifying the theory and practice. Highly recommend!
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Km! Ra -. January 7, 2017
Music Recording · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome! Exactly what I was looking for! Steve G. really knows his stuff, and his studio and home are really cool! 30 minutes per lesson is not long enough, so I plan to change my future lessons to 45 mins.
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Dan K. January 7, 2017
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Thanks steve sounds like dan enjoyed and learned a lot
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Caleb E.

Nashville, TN

I am a 5 year banjo player and teacher and studied at the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music. I can teach bluegrass, folk, or country banjo.

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Chris February 1, 2017
Mandolin · Online
I really enjoy working with Caleb. I am currently learning bluegrass mandolin and have made a great deal of progress with his guidance. As a piano player, it was important for me to find a strong musician who could help me translate between the to. He works to make sure we are working on things of interest.....if you got the drive, he can help you find your voice on the instrument.
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shannon January 10, 2017
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
Caleb is a talented musician and an excellent teacher. He has great patience and does a nice job of communicating with beginner, intermediate and advanced musicians. He finds a nice balance of challenging students and knowing when to pull back and work on fundamentals and he keeps the process fun and interesting. I would definitely recommend Caleb.
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Corinne January 7, 2017
Mandolin · Online
Caleb is a very good music teacher. He is patient and kind. I would recommend him to all students.

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