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Robert M.

18 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Bachelor of Arts from University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • Teaching since 1989
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Robert M.

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Professional musician in the Asheville, NC. area offering private guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, and bass lessons. I am also available for studio recording and live performance. With over 28 years experience, I have been teaching all ages, styles, and levels. This is not a hobby or part-time

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Blake
Blake really enjoyed it & Robert was patient & very informative.
Mikhaela
Although I'm a fairly new learner, I chose Robert as a teacher because he teaches everything from beginner to advanced. I'm glad I did -- his depth of knowledge is clear and he understands my questions quickly and can answer from different angles to make sure I understand. After just two lessons I feel like I've gained a lot already and am excited to continue learning.
Michael
Robert is a super nice guy, great teacher, and extremely knowledgeable about the guitar.
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Eric L.

18 Reviews
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  • Awarded Award from Gigmasters
  • Bachelor of Music from Hartt School of Music / University of Hartford
  • Teaches Beginner
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Eric L.

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Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play recognizable tunes. First, starting off with simple arrangments and then building as you become more advanced. I typically use Banjo Primer, Claw Hammer Banjo Primer and "You Can Teach Yourself Banjo" These books break everything down and gets you up and running very quickly. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Eric

Hi, Welcome to my TL's profile! If you're looking at this site, you're already on your way to becoming an AWESOME musician! Whether this is your first attempt at music lessons or you've been playing for a while and trying to improve your skills, I'm EXCITED about working with you. I am a p

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Lois
Great 1st lesson! Learned how to tune electronically & hold my banjo. Very patient & understandable.
Christopher ..
Eric is very easy to work with and has a lot of patience. His depth of knowledge will suit a number of playing styles. He's been accommodating with schedule as things have come up on both sides requiring some flexibility. Overall, great experience through the first couple of lessons so don't hesitate to reach out to him.
Mercedes
Eric is a wonderful teacher! Thoughtful, clear, and encouraging.
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Frankie P.

24 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 1997
  • Master of Music from Boston University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Frankie P.

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A very fun instrument to play. I tend to focus on Earl Scruggs style rolls, understanding and incorporating melody, and chords.

About Frankie

Hello, future student. I want to tell you just a little about myself to see if you would like to study with me. I have over 20 years of teaching experience with degrees from West Virginia University, Berklee College of Music, the University of West London, along with a Doctorate in Music Educ

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A great first step for me to start my guitar journey, Frankie is very helpful ! 11/10 would recommend to everyone
Michael
good first steps
Sean
Works with you to find the best way forward for YOU. Fantastic instructor.
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Joe S.

26 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Sociology / Psychology from Illinois State University
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Joe S.

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I have been playing banjo for about six years now as a supplement to my guitar playing. It has a been a real joy learning the different styles and techniques.

About Joe

I absolutely love teaching music! After over 20 years of teaching, performing, writing, and recording in all styles/genres, it continues to be a great adventure. It is a joy to pass this on to others...especially seeing my students that never touched the instrument going on to be very proficient

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Tyler
Great first lesson!
Carter A.
Just had my first lesson with Joe. I can already tell he cares a lot about the craft and is willing to adjust his instruction to fit the student.
Jim E.
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Richard C.

31 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Bachelor's Degree from University of Maryland and Berklee College of Music Boston
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Richard C.

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Lean how to play bluegrass banjo including melody and finger picking. Also "Clawhammer" techniques.

About Richard

I have studied, performed and taught music for over 30 years. Accordion was my first instrument at age 7 which was a great introduction to the keyboard, melody and harmony. That was followed by guitar and other stringed instruments (Banjo, Ukulele) as well as drums. I studied with great teachers

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Dennis H.
Good first lesson
Olena
I've learned more in a few months with Richard than I have with years of trying to learn before I signed up with him. Great instructor! Fun lessons, making great progress.
Elizabeth D.
Richard is a friendly and thoughtful instructor. I enjoy my ukulele lessons with him.
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Jesse M.

101 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Teaches Beginner
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Jesse M.

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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: https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62 My Background I've been playing with classic

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Liz S.
Talented teachers are rare. Like a great coach i sports... the coach doesn’t need to be the top athlete in his field to know how to teach each team member to hone their best abilities, he just has to know and see how to teach you how to get there. Being an outstanding teacher is a great talent all in itself... and that is Jesse. He has that quality and ability to lead, focus and take you where you want to go.
Romy R.
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing banjo teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Is your dream banjo teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Banjo Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute banjo lessons is $55. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $100 per hour.
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"We had a lot of fun."
Joe
Took Banjo lessons from Kelvin L.
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"Awesome lesson. Teacher could not have been better. I’m really excited."
Sam
Took Banjo lessons from Linda L.
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"I was hesitant about taking lessons on line but I was unable to find an instructor in my local area. Grant was fantastic!!! He was very patient with me and I was able to easily understand his instruction. He provided a lot of helpful information and I learned a TON in the first lesson. I highly recommend Grant as an instructor for anyone wanting to learn to play the Banjo."
Deborah
Took Banjo lessons from Grant H.
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"Had a great time. It was fun. I am looking forward to the lesson."
Daniel
Took Banjo lessons from Rebecca F.
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"Awesome. Very knowledgeable and patient. Highly recommend."
Greg
Took Banjo lessons from Calvin A.
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"Linda is easily the most patient and welcoming person I've ever worked with. She has incredible knowledge over a vast array of topics and she is eager to share with others. This, in my opinion, is the most important quality of all teachers. Her lessons have proved a great way to build a solid base in my field of interest. as well as providing me with a well rounded and wonderful mentor that I'm sure to rely on for many other lessons in the future- banjo or otherwise!"
Ella
Took Banjo lessons from Linda L.
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"Excellent experience, Damien was very skilled."
Christopher
Took Banjo lessons from Damien S.
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"Damien is extremely professional and does an excellent job explaining the fundamentals. As Albert Einstein said, "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Damien has a way of explaining concepts so they are easily understood and retained, even for more complex subjects."
Austin
Took Banjo lessons from Damien S.
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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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"Damien is a fun, kind and extremely patient teacher. He structures lessons well and makes sure you understand why you're doing/learning certain things. He knows how to keep lessons interesting yet helpful."
Jackie
Took Banjo lessons from Damien S.
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Private Banjo Lessons Near You

The banjo is a unique instrument that’s gaining popularity in modern-day music, while also providing an important window into the past. Banjos have been around since the 1600s when African American slaves first created them. It's believed that the instrument was adapted from centuries-old African culture, and the "plucked lute” which dates back at least 6,000 years.

Modern banjos generally have between four and five strings, although a six-string version is also available. In the past, banjos consisted of a head, frame and neck all comprised of animal skin, but today's construction is usually made of plastic. 

Common genres that the banjo appears in include country, bluegrass and folk music. Read on to find how taking Banjo lessons near you will allow you to carry on this intriguing musical tradition!

Reasons to Take Banjo Classes Near You

One of the first things potential banjo players want to know is the benefits of learning the instrument. It's a big investment, after all. The good news is there are a surprising number of emotional, physical and social benefits to playing an instrument like the banjo. This is equally true whether you're a child or adult. Here are some benefits worth considering!

The Benefits of Banjo Lessons for Kids

Children who learn to play banjo experience a variety of benefits. Their music will not only enrich their own lives but also the lives of others. There's a greater chance of eventually mastering the banjo when starting at a younger age. And becoming an expert at this instrument will open up many professional opportunities down the road, such as teaching and performing. 

Learning the banjo as a child will also improve finger dexterity and posture, which every good teacher enforces. Finally, the opportunity to be an essential part of a band provides plenty of chances to make new friends and improve social skills. Your child will learn to be a better team player after mastering the banjo!

The Benefits of Banjo Lessons for Adults

Adults who learn to play banjo also reap many benefits. Because adults have been exposed to music throughout their lives, the skill is generally easier to pick up. Adults tend to have more persistence and determination to learn banjo. Your years of understanding and breaking down abstract concepts will serve you well! 

By learning the banjo, you'll experience a few health benefits too. Learning music helps adults to keep their brains healthy and young. The rigors of learning the banjo sharpen your mind, which means a higher quality of life as you age. Learning banjo is also a fantastic stress reliever that all adults could benefit from!

Topics You'll Learn in Banjo Lessons for Adults and Kids

Though it involves similar playing concepts to the guitar, the banjo has lots of tricks up its sleeve that are specifically intended for this instrument. In order to make your banjo playing more accurate and distinct, you need to learn all those technicalities. It will also help if you have music theory to back up your technique.

Everyone starts at a different place when taking banjo classes. Depending on your musical background, age and learning style, your banjo teacher will plan out a unique curriculum tailored to your needs. Here's a little of what to expect whether you’re starting at banjo for beginners, intermediate lessons or the advanced level. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Banjo Lessons

Learning the banjo for beginners is an exciting time. You're entering a new world of music and setting a strong foundation for years to come. What are some topics you'll cover at this stage? Here's what to expect.

  • How to tune the banjo
  • Proper posture and hand/finger placement
  • How to read tabs
  • Basic strumming and plucking
  • Playing scales and simple melodies

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Banjo Lessons

If you’re already at the intermediate level, congrats! You’ve passed beginner banjo lessons with flying colors - nice work. Although you're not considered an advanced banjo player yet, your teacher will help you get there by covering the following topics. 

  • How to play your favorite songs 
  • Playing more advanced chords
  • Reading sheet music
  • Learn "melodic playing" techniques
  • Explore different musical genres

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Banjo Lessons

You’ve made it to the advanced stage of banjo classes. Keep up the great work! Your goal is now to have your musical talent enjoyed by others, and an expert instructor will help get you ready for such ventures. Here are a few of the topics you may go through.

  • Advanced music theory
  • Songwriting and composition
  • Improving playing speed 
  • How to play banjos with more strings
  • Audition and performance preparation

Finding the Best Banjo Teachers Near You

When you’re ready to learn Banjo, your first step will be to find the right teacher. Here at TakeLessons, we make the process simple. Just browse our online directory to find your perfect match. You can have the confidence of knowing that our local and online banjo instructors are thoroughly vetted and qualified. 

As you search, be sure to check out our teachers’ reviews, credentials and experience to help you find the best banjo teacher for you. Sometimes, with so many great choices, it can be tough to decide. Feel free to contact our team of dedicated student counselors who can help with scheduling and booking lessons. 

With TakeLessons, you can start your journey of playing the banjo like a pro today. Who knows? You may even become the next Earl Scruggs or Alison Brown!

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