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Ryan B.

94 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $30
  • Teaching since 2013
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • BA in Ethnomusicology from University of Illinois
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Ryan B.

94 Reviews
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I've been teaching banjo for 4 years helping students develop a love for the instrument and learn more about music along the way. My specialty is Scruggs style picking, but I'm also comfortable teaching clawhammer, reno, or melodic styles and enjoy working on hybrid and progressive styles, too. Within the first few lessons you'll have a solid base of picking and chord changes and even a few simple songs under your belt. Moving on from there I will craft lessons to move you toward a "goal song," making sure to cater your progress to your needs while keeping a focus on good technique. I enjoy working with students of all ages and experiences and I can't wait to meet you!

About Ryan

Ryan is a musician from Logan Square who plays a plethora of different instruments. He specializes in guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele, but also dabbles in accordion, piano, drums, harmonica and several others. Learning to play instruments is one of the true pleasures in his life and he hopes he

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Ryan
I have been working with Ryan on the Banjo for over a year now. He is incredible patient, encouraging and seriously knows his stuff!
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Matt O.

25 Reviews
West Chicago, IL
Starting at $39
  • Speaks Spanish, German, English
  • Music from Roosevelt University
  • Teaching since 1997
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Matt O.

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My TENOR 4 STRING BANJO (Irish tuning) teaching style consists of a fun, relaxed, and engaging student paced learning environment.
My instruction is always tailored to my student's short term, and long term goals.
My promise to you as my student is that together we will discover what it takes for you to become a proficient musician with the ability to perform in front of any audience.
My classes with you will include the following content:
• Warm up exercises
• Fundamentals
• Mindfulness techniques
• Note reading
• Tab reading
• Sight reading
• Left hand/ right hand techniques
• Burst practicing (burnout prevention)
• Micro movements/economy of motion
• Proper posture both sitting and standing
• Stage performance techniques
• Embellishments
• Improvisation
• Unorthodox techniques
• Scales and Keys
• Theory
• Fretboard mastery
• Chords (all types)
• Songwriting
• Transcription
• Memorization
• Self sufficiency

About Matt

***LESSONS ARE TAUGHT IN PERSON AT MY STUDIO OR ONLINE USING SKYPE OR ZOOM*** Whether you are starting from square one, or you've reached a point where you can't go further on your own, or you would like to sharpen skills you already possess and want to take them to a higher level, I'm your guy.

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Evan
I have been learning tenor banjo (Irish tuning) from Matt. Although I'm a complete beginner, Matt has been a very patient teacher. He balances lessons between learning songs and music theory. His wit and humor make every lesson enjoyable.
Sydney
I've been taking lessons from Matt for more than 8 years now since I was young and he's super friendly and encouraging! Highly recommend as he has experience with many different areas of guitar and that offers freedom to learn whatever you want.
Luke Lehman
Matt is able to spot small things that make a big difference in a musician's journey no matter how far along they are. His demeanor puts his students at ease, and always encourages and builds up. I'd recommend Matt to anyone, at any level, wanting to grow as a musician!!
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Bryan M.

14 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Speaks German, English
  • Teaching since 2004
  • Awarded National Flatpicking, National Mandolin, and Fiddle Championship from Walnut Valley Festival
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Bryan M.

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Looking for someone to help you reach that next level? Whatever your stringed instrument, I can guide you there. From the rank basics to traditional tunes, to timing and tone, technique and theory, I can show you what you need to make your journey easier. Rely on my 15 years of music teaching experience to save you countless hours of bewilderment and frustration!

My journey as a musician which began at the age of 8 has now carried me to 48 states and a dozen countries, including 4 tours in continental Europe. I spent 7+ years performing, recording, and giving workshops with talented acoustic acts based in Nashville and the southeast. I am lucky to have been involved and contributed to a handful of IBMA and Grammy-nominated albums.

Increasingly, however, I turn my focus toward private teaching.
I find great joy and pride in helping a student reach their goals and surprise themselves with their own potential.
Go ahead and get in touch, and let's try a session together!

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About Bryan

In the last decade, I’ve logged a million miles and thousands of hours of playing time as a sideman for bluegrass and acoustic acts. I’ve applied my talents to award-winning projects with top artists, adding fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and often vocals, to these albums. I've been so please

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Mary H.
Just started, but Bryan provides just the right guidance and challenge. Very much enjoying learning to play and having a great instructor!
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David M.
The combination of being a really nice guy and he knows what he's doing, makes having a lesson with Bryan enjoyable, informative and gives me the sense that I'm a better fiddle player when the lesson is over from when it started.
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Gordon L.

27 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $15
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2006
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Gordon L.

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About Gordon

Gordon L. began playing music at a very early age but didn't begin to learn the saxophone until he was in fifth grade. Gordon's interest in music grew when he began to work sound systems for bluegrass bands and eventually he started to experiment more with music. Soon after he would pick up gu

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Nylah C.
It was a good first experience. But had a few technical issues with the internet.
Joshua K.
I'm afraid I don't really know what to say, except that he has a pleasant manner and seemed to give me the good information to start with. It's only my first lesson
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Tony L.

Teaches Online
Starting at $34
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Teaching since 1984
  • B.S. Language Arts Education, M.A.Ed English Education, EdS English Education from University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Tony L.

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I teach beginner and intermediate 5-string banjo and beginner and intermediate tenor banjo. Let's start with the tenor banjo. That great instrument is an integral element in New Orleans jazz and trad. jazz. I'll have you playing great old jazz standards in no time. Now, let's talk about the 5-string banjo. I will teach you to play 5-string banjo in the traditional three-finger style of the great Earl Scruggs. I'm a longtime pro musician and a longtime teacher. I take a practical approach to learning that emphasizes the fun and sense of togetherness that are such vital elements of playing music. Let's go!

About Tony

Hello! I'm Tony Lombardo, a 60 year old former high school English teacher (retired a few months ago) and longtime music teacher and pro musician. I love classic movies (Humphrey Bogart, De Niro, Woody Allen, Paul Newman, Diane Keaton, Judy Garland, etc.), books (Orwell, Kerouac, John Kennedy Tool

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Ronnie B.

76 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Speaks German, French, Italian, Spanish, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Awarded Cutest Smile from Park near Perry Jr. Highschool
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Ronnie B.

76 Reviews
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Banjo is a beautiful instrument and an ol’ Friend. Wether you would like to learn 3-finger bluegrass style sitting on the banks of the river(dock of the bay?) and play or make use for composition I will do my best to aid you on you’re Journey. Received instruction from Noam Pickelney*

About Ronnie

Hi,My Name is Ronnie. I have been playing music for eight years and I am currently Leader of "Blonde", my Rock N' Roll, Rhythm N' Swing Band. I Live in Redondo Beach and have Lived in the Southbay for most of my life.I was blessed to grow up around the local music scene! I've had the pleasure of per

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Brandon L.
Just go to ronnie. Very knowledgeable from his mistakes and victories
Michael
Ronnie is an excellent teacher. He cares deeply about his students success. He is patient and instructs in a way that values the students learning style.
Miles
Ronnie's lesson are always great! We've made good progress and I've noticed some good improvement in my singing. I love how he knows so much about music and incorporates life lessons into the lessons as well. He's very passionate about music, is very patient, and I enjoy learning from him.

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Average Cost of Banjo Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute banjo lessons in Chicago is $57. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $50 and $60 per hour.
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"Brian is a very patient and knowledgeable musician. He can work with and teach a person at any age and/or skill level. I've made so much progress on the banjo in a pretty short amount of time, and could not have done so without a teacher. He charges great prices and the lessons and material are worth every penny!"
Sean
Took Banjo lessons from Brian Lee B.
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"I have wanted to play Banjo for years. Ive taken a few lessons here and there and something seemed to always get in the way. I never got very far at all other than wasting time. I started my lessons with Take Lessons 3 weeks ago. Being a novus I was kinda weary about how long it was going to take me to learn just a basic song and was nervous about being too slow and yada yada yada. I was nervous. When my 1st lesson started with Eric I felt very comfortable. There was no rush and he explained how to correct every mistake I made. (a bunch) and now by my 3rd lesson I can actually play a SONG!! Its slow mind you but its a song! Eric gives me tips on how to practice correctly and gives me assignments for the week which I love. I can practice on my own terms through the week and then come into my lesson, show what I have learned, get great lessons on how to improve and then pick up new material for the coming week. I love it!! Its lessons in my own home, no gas, no crowds and Eric is awesome. I plan on getting more and more lessons fo sho!! Thanks Eric!!"
Casey
Took Banjo lessons from Eric L.
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"Very nice first less. Generous with his time."
Sarah Cohen
Took Banjo lessons from Andrei P.
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"Mel is a very patient and knowledgable teacher. I feel like I fumble along at the beginning of a lesson but by the end Mel has improved my technique and timing. I would definitely recommend Mel to anyone who wants to learn or improve on their instrument!"
Elizabeth Coyne
Took Banjo lessons from Mel P.
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"Jason is a great teacher! Very prompt and professional with our lessons. He's extremely knowledgeable, not only about the particular instrument, but with music and theory as well. I would highly recommend!"
Diana
Took Banjo lessons from Jason M.
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"Eric was very patient with me and that was important. He was also prepared and professional. I would recommend him to anyone that wants to learn to play an instrument."
Teresa
Took Banjo lessons from Eric L.
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"Great teach after first lesson. Excited to continue."
Bruce
Took Banjo lessons from Eric W.
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"Brian was very patient in my first lesson and strove to customize the lesson to me."
Brad
Took Banjo lessons from Bryan M.
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"Eric is encouraging, makes supportive comments and adjusts his accompaniment to my pace when I played.."
Janet
Took Banjo lessons from Eric W.
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"Mike was excellent! We have started with the basics and now it's time for practice! He's very patience and explains the lesson clearly. He also records what we did with our time and writes out a lesson plan on what to practice. I'm very excited to be working with Mike!"
Melissa
Took Banjo lessons from Mike T.
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