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Ryan B.

94 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $25
  • BA in Ethnomusicology from University of Illinois
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Ryan B.

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I've been teaching mandolin for 4 years helping students develop a love for the instrument and learn more about music along the way. Mandolin is an often underappreciated instrument which is fantastic for both melodic and rhythmic playing styles. Within the first few lessons you'll have a solid base of strumming, picking, chord changes and melodic playing, with a couple simple songs too. 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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The best!
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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Geoff S.

14 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $35
  • Teaches students 9 and up
  • Teaching since 1981
  • BA Music from George Mason University
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Geoff S.

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Experienced in teaching mandolin for over 5 years. Experience in teaching other stringed instruments (guitar, bass, ukulele) for over 30 years.

About Geoff

I played on a toy piano when I was very young, learning a bit of sight reading from my Mother, while listening to classical, jazz, and rock music. When I was 12, I learned guitar and later took private piano lessons from a prominent Philadelphia instructor. After playing in a rock band in high sch

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Art B.
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I totally enjoyed my class with Geoff. We immediately started my lesson with tuning the ukulele. Then we went over the cords and strumming. I have been researching on playing the ukulele and his explanation on the strumming was a lot better than the book. He is teaching me how to play by listening to the notes which is great because I would be able to play the Hawaiian music for my hula classes. In addition, his studio is only a 5 minute drive from my house, which means I don’t have to deal with traffic.
Bill Smoot
great understanding of what I know and how to improve! Experienced instructor
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John B.

109 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Teaching since 1986
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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John B.

109 Reviews
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While studying the mandolin, you'll learn how to read music in standard notation, tablature form or both. You will also learn how to play various chords, scales rhythmic patterns and improvisation while implementing them into various styles of music including, Bluegrass, Country, Basso Nova. or Blues.

About John

I have been playing for about 35 years and teaching music and guitar for 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Classical guitar. I've taught at the University level and currently maintain a professional studio in Arlington, Virginia. I am very well versed in many different styles of music

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Eugene N.
John is great!
Welton B.
John is great! He is very patient and encouraging. He break everything down so you can digest it.
Tony H.
Just completed my first 45 minute lesson with John. He was really down to earth, listened to what I wanted out of my lessons and we worked on those things. I feel like I’m already make progress.
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Will R.

50 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $35
  • Awarded Presidential Scholar from University of Georgia
  • Teaching since 2016
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Will R.

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Hey there! I love playing and teaching the mandolin, and I can't wait to help you discover your passion for it as well! My degree in music performance, paired with my real world experience in a variety of musical styles, allows me to engage and nurture each of my student's desires, no matter their background or experience level. Whether you want to learn the basics of the instrument, play a new song or genre, or activate your own creativity through improvisation, there is always a place for you in my studio. Take the exciting first step towards your musical future today!

About Will

Hey there! I have been playing music for 14 years, and have been teaching for 5 of those years. During this time I was a dedicated classical musician, performing in multiple orchestras and chamber ensembles, and going on to get a degree in Music Performance and Jazz at the University of Georgia. On

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Will was excellent! My 13-year old thoroughly enjoyed his lesson. Will was prepared and spoke in a way that was easy for my son to understand. He uses many different techniques and a multi-faceted approach to teaching so that he can develop a well-rounded musician. My son can't wait to have his next lesson with Will!
Elena
Will is AWESOME. So patient, encouraging, and keeps me engaged. I so look forward to our sessions.

Before starting lessons with Will I had never picked up an instrument before. I was so nervous to get started and had little confidence that I'd be able to learn. Will completely shattered that illusion and reminded me how good it feels to try something new!
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Sam K.

9 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $35
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 1992
  • B.S. in Energy Technology Graduated 1985 from Penn State University
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Sam K.

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Popular Mandolin, Bluegrass, Old-Timey, Rock, Blues, chords, scales, licks

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 musi

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Catherine
Sam was awesome - is a wealth of knowledge and skill and had so much to share. I will definitely be going back for many more lessons!
Katharina K.
Sam is very patient with this novice student and has given great practice tips for improvement.
Marc S.
Great first lesson with Sam. Learned a lot the entire way through
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Jeff B.

Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Teaching since 1992
  • Math Major / music minor from Moorpark College
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Jeff B.

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Bluegrass, Country, Celtic, Italian, Jazz, Blues.

¡Hablo Español!

I Teach All Ages, at All Levels: Songwriting, Music Theory, Composition Lessons, Arranging for Horns and Voice and Strings, Soloing, Improvisation, Classical Technique, Rock, Latin, Funk, Folk, and much much more!

I am a published contributor to the #1 best-selling Jazz Theory book "Jazzology" (published by Hal Leonard - the world's largest music publisher), in addition to having almost 20 books published on the subject of theory and technique! I also have many many professional recordings to my credit that you can listen to online anytime!

I have authored the following books (available on Amazon):

"Scales & Modes for the Mandolin Fretboard"
by Jeff Brent and Schell Barkley – 2012
A study in all fretted four-string instruments
tuned to fifths. Full-color.

"Jazz Mandolin Arpeggios & Evans 251s"
by Jeff Brent and Schell Barkley – 2015
Covers all arpeggios used in Jazz, plus the rootless II-V7(alt)-I changes.

I ...

About Jeff

People study subjects for a great number of reasons, consequently I customize my lessons to each individual student's needs and wants. We learn different ways. Some of us are more visual, some more tactile, some more intuitive, some more cerebral, etc. Understanding this allows me to adapt to eac

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"Really flexible and very helpful. Prompt and friendly."
Nancy Cook
Took Mandolin lessons from Ben H.
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"Great Class today. Grant is so patient with me."
Jennifer
Took Mandolin lessons from Grant H.
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"Joe is an excellent observer and listener. In our first lesson, was able to assess where I was at and immediately start providing constructive feedback. Looking forward to continuing!"
Stan
Took Mandolin lessons from Joe S.
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"Beckie is wonderful. My 11-year-old daughter has been meeting her online for about 6 lessons now. Beckie is very patient and engaging. My daughter has asked to add on longer lessons. That is a good sign!"
SheriAnn
Took Mandolin lessons from Beckie E.
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"Kelvin is an accomplished and effective teacher who makes online lessons both enjoyable and stimulating. He quickly spots bad tendencies so that they can be corrected early in the process and thus prevent future problems. Kelvin is personable, professional and knows what he's talking about. I look forward to each lesson to see what the next challenge will be and to get to spend time with Kelvin."
Jack
Took Mandolin lessons from Kelvin L.
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"Jimmy is very knowledgeable and very approachable. In a short time, he has helped me to unlock the fretboard. Highly recommended."
Mike
Took Mandolin lessons from James R.
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"Thoughtful and focused on what Im trying to achieve."
Josh
Took Mandolin lessons from David F.
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"I was pleasantly surprised by Alani's calm and patience. Very knowledgeable and make understanding music easy."
Sharon
Took Mandolin lessons from Alani S.
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"Fantastic instructor. Ben started at the basic foundational instruction (including how best to hold the pick) and together we built a custom practice outline that has helped me to achieve my goals."
Alex
Took Mandolin lessons from Ben E.
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"Awesome first lesson! Looking forward to many more."
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