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Popular Mandolin Teachers

David B.

Lakeside, CA
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Edwin I.

El Segundo, CA
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Calvin A.

Costa Mesa, CA
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Lakeside, CA

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Country, folks and tradiitional

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mallory G. February 8, 2017
Verified Student · Banjo · In home
I'm loving my new banjo and so excited to have found David as a teacher. David really has been instrumental in me learning the banjo. He's a great teacher and very knowledgable about music. He sets you up for success and builds on that! I highly recommend David for the banjo or pretty much any instrument. He does it all!
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Heather R. December 1, 2016
Verified Student · Banjo · In studio
I bought the lessons for my mom and she came home and told me she loved it! Thank you David!!
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Sylvia November 30, 2016
· Mandolin · In studio
David is the best teacher for beginnings - he can teach you any beginner level instrument and make learning materials relevant available to you both in and out of class. I am so grateful that I found him to be my teacher - it took me 5 weeks to find a good Mandolin teacher. He is absolutely AWESOME! Knowledgeable, patient, passionate, all you can name. I am excited to follow his lecture and practice more with my new mandolin.

About Edwin I.

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El Segundo, CA

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All styles - strumming, single note playing
Improvisation soloing
Proper technique
Repertoire
Music analysis

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Luca G. February 15, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Keeps the lesson moving and is very positive with feedback.
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Eric February 2, 2017
Verified Student · Banjo · Online
Good Instructor, Taught Me Alot About Tuning and The Names Of The Strings.
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Kim N. February 1, 2017
Verified Student · Ukulele · Online

About Calvin A.

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Costa Mesa, CA

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Mandolin playing requires a knowledge of chords, melody, picking technique as well as knowing songs to play all of which we will begin to learn in your first lesson.

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Grace F. January 8, 2017
Verified Student · Banjo · In home
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
Verified Student · Banjo · In home
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.

Steve G.

Deerfield Beach, FL
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James R.

North Brunswick, NJ
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Caleb E.

Nashville, TN
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I will teach you how to approach the mandolin as a rhythm instrument as well as a melodic instrument, and how to use chords and modes in your lead and rhythm playing in bluegrass as well as traditional styles.

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Dan K. February 12, 2017
Verified Student · Ukulele · In studio
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
Verified Student · Music Recording · In studio
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
Verified Student · Ukulele · In studio
Thanks steve sounds like dan enjoyed and learned a lot

About James R.

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North Brunswick, NJ

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It's all about Music Theory and Technique.

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Kailyn January 24, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
He makes learning fun and easy
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Mike January 23, 2017
· Harmonica · Online
I have enjoyed and learned from my lessons with James
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Marilou January 23, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
At 61 years old I wanted a challenge, and that was to learn how to play the bass guitar. Having had absolutely no previous training, and being quite terrified, James gave me the confidence that this was possible to achieve.

His knowledge to teach a simple approach in the theory of music, his patience, and ability to instruct in a way that makes sense, made learning exciting for me.

Highly recommend him to anyone who is interested in going beyond what they think they're capable of in a caring one on one environment. :)

About Caleb E.

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I am a 12 year mandolin player and teacher and studied under 2 time Grammy Winner, Curtis Burch and Grammy Winner, Bobby Osborne. I have also taken formal and informal lessons from Mike Marshall (David Grisman Quintet, Chris Thile, Stephan Grappelli, Mark O'Connor) and Ross Holmes (Cadillac Sky, Mumford and Sons, Bruce Hornsby, Warren Haynes).I have preformed all over the country and overseas. Mandolin is my passion and one of my favorite things to teach. I am fluent in bluegrass, blues, country, jazz, and celtic music.

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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
Verified Student · Banjo · Online
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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The mandolin has a distinct and sustained home in American bluegrass and country music made popular by Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. This instrument features eight strings and can be played as a rhythm instrument or lead like a violin or guitar. However, it is a while the mandolin is similar to these instruments it is most definitely a different instrument altogether. For example, the approach when playing the mandolin differs from what one would learn with the violin or the guitar. If you want to learn the correct technique in playing the mandolin, we suggest that you consider signing up for our mandolin lessons. Our lessons can help shape your talent in playing this unique-sounding instrument. In addition, through your mandolin lessons you can learn more about its application in today’s music and receive a background in music theory for the mandolin. Your certified mandolin instructor will also teach you the basics including simple mandolin chord formations, how to tune a mandolin, how to pick the right mandolin for you, and how to read mandolin tabs. Intermediate and advanced students can learn mandolin arpeggios as well as other complex mandolin chords and techniques. So if you are looking for a total educational package for your mandolin study, enroll with us today!

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