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Jesse M.

103 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • 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 for bass, drums, piano, and ukulele or children under 10 years old. I highly recommend my studio partner Melissa though. Please check out her profile: https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62 My Background I've been playing with

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Brenden R.
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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Nick R.

57 Reviews
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Starting at $60
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • M.A. in performance from Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College
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Nick R.

57 Reviews
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-5 string Bluegrass (Earl Scruggs technique)
-Tenor banjo (plectrum techniques)
-Plectrum banjo (plectrum techniques)
-Bluegrass, Country, Blues and Folk
-Gullah Geechee, North Indian classical music and other world music rhythms

About Nick

Nick performs with Paul McCartney, Jon Batiste (Colbert Show), Zeb Bangash, Antonique Smith, Rob Morrow, John Lithgow, The Hot Sardines, grammy nominated producer/composer/Indian percussionist, Deep Singh (tabla player with Sting, Katy Perry, Robert Plant) and grammy nominated producer/trumpet play

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Steve B
Amazing instructor. Patient and knowledgeable.
Kara
Nick was a patient and enthusiastic teacher. I was nervous to start music lessons in my late 30s, but he made me feel comfortable and I never felt embarrassed. He taught me the songs I was interested in learning, but snuck in music theory and the basics along the way! Highly recommend
Shannon
Nick has done a great job with our 14 year old son! He has a great laid back style that is appreciated and keeps the lessons fun and engaging. Not only is he learning to play some of his favorite songs, but he is also getting ear training, music reading, picking, chord building, etc. We would highly recommend Nick!
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Edwin I.

123 Reviews
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Starting at $49
  • Speaks Japanese, Spanish, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • B.M. in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental - Guitar from University of Miami
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Edwin I.

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Earl Scruggs 3 finger style
Learning songs
Improvisation soloing
Proper technique
Repertoire
Music analysis

About Edwin

Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons. I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 20 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.

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Gustav
Edwin is great at helping you build lesson & practice plans to help build the skills you want on guitar. I couldn't recommend him any higher.
Adriana
Very knowledgeable and enjoyable to learn from!
Gigi
I decided to take lessons with Edwin for guitar because I had been trying to learn on my own but I just wasn't progressing fast enough. Edwin taught me things you just can't pick up unless you work one-on-one with a professional. He is always on time for our online lessons, friendly, and patient. Every week I felt like I was being challenged just a little bit more and picking up new things. I would recommend him to everyone I know in a heartbeat!
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John B.

109 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Bachelor of Music from Howard University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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John B.

109 Reviews
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Learn how to play Banjo!

While learning the Banjo, students will learn specific rolls such as forward and backward rolls, chords strum patterns, rhythm playing and various songs such as Foggy Mountain Breakdown and Dueling Banjos. They will learn the styles of Bluegrass and Claw Hammer playing.

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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Jason M.

104 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Teaches students 4 and up
  • Teaching since 1996
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Jason M.

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Fully Vaccinated as of 5/19/21!!
Bluegrass, Claw-hammer, Southern Rock, 5-string, 4-string Tenor, Metal, Rock, Pop and Country

About Jason

-=FULL VACCINATED as of 5/19/21!!=-TakeLessons.com Instructor since it's inception, Jason M. is available for in person and online lessons worldwide leaving no stone un-turned! Jason has been playing guitar for over 20 years, ukulele, bass, banjo and keyboard for over 10 and teaching music in gen

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Phoenix L.
My son, 9, loves Jason!
Mark
patient, thorough in explaining things
James S.
Five Stars for the teacher.
Three Stars for technology.
Patient, knowledgeable, easy to work with.
Did I say patient?
A fantastic ear and knows what I need to accomplish.
In time, Jason will help me master my goal and in time to jam with friends this summer.
Cheers.
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Richard C.

101 Reviews
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Starting at $35
  • Bachelor's Degree from University of Maryland and Berklee College of Music Boston
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 1983
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Richard C.

101 Reviews
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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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Paula
learned jingle bells for Christmastime
Karen
I needed to start at the basics and he did just that! I feel very confident with his instruction and my hard work, my goal of learning and playing the banjo will become a reality!
Paula
first time being back after i broke my arm and he was really helpful and understanding

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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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Average Cost of Banjo Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute banjo lessons is $61. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $130 per hour.
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$36 average
45 min
$45 average
60 min
$61 average

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Over the past 12 years, we've given over 3,000,000 lessons to happy customers around the world.

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"Edwin is very kind, patient and encouraging! This was my first lesson, it was an hour long and he could tell when I was struggling with a specific segment of instruction and had me try something different that allowed me to keep moving forward. I'm looking forward to continuing to learn from him!"
Kelly
Took Banjo lessons from Edwin I.
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"First lesson but Mel is keen on understanding where the student is, strengths, weaknesses and charting a path forward. Strong teacher. Great personality. Look forward to the work ahead"
Tom
Took Banjo lessons from Mel P.
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"Learned more about music in just an hour than I ever did in the past."
Jack
Took Banjo lessons from Damien S.
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"thank you. it was fun."
Rebecca
Took Banjo lessons from Daniel E.
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"Ryan is a great teacher."
Brian
Took Banjo lessons from Ryan B.
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"STEVE HAS EXCELLENT SKILLS.

STEVE IS NOT ONLY A WONDERFUL INSTRUCTOR BUT ALSO A VERY NICE AND CARING PERSON.WHEN I GET DISCOURAGED HE KNOWS THE RIGHT WORDS TO SAY TO PICK ME UP AND GET ME BACK ON TRACK.HE IS A GREAT MUSICIAN,KNOWS THE BANJO VERY WELL.HE GIVES ME VERY CLEAR EXERCISES TO PRACTICE EACH WEEK AND ENCOURAGES ME TO FOLLOW THRU.I AM VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE STEVE FOR MY INSTRUCTOR. I'M SO GLAD I CHOSE TAKE LESSONS TO FIND A TEACHER FOR THE BANJO."
PATTY
Took Banjo lessons from Steve G.
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"I am just at the start of my banjo odyssey...........
and I am realy looking forward to having a teacher that will first help me just get started.. Then help me lean to play the songs that made me want to lean how to play the Banjo.. and has me exited for the next lesson."
Robert
Took Banjo lessons from Grant H.
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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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"My first lesson with Linda was great. She is very patient and very knowledgeable."
Kyle
Took Banjo lessons from Linda L.
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"On 10/7/2019 I had my first banjo lesson with Nick Russo. Nick created a calm, relaxed atmosphere in his studio, he was clear when he gave me instructions about technique, and he was incredibly patient when demonstrating the correct way to play a particular passage. His knowledge of music theory in general, and of the five-string banjo in particular, is very impressive. I would recommend him highly both to a banjo beginner and to anyone (like myself) who is in need of a refresher course. I should mention that I have also taken lessons from Nick on the lap steel guitar, an instrument that I do not know well. Nick’s expertise on this rather obscure instrument, his teaching ability, and – it is worth mentioning again – his patience, made these sessions very enjoyable and productive. He is, by any measure, an outstanding instructor. He is also very nice guy, who clearly enjoys working with his students."
Bob
Took Banjo lessons from Nick R.
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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

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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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