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Tara L.

Tara L.

I started playing acoustic guitar when I was seven years old. I then started traveling more and found the mandolin to be so much easier to carry around and so much fun, it was hard to stop playing it. I have been playing and teaching mostly bluegrass, old time, Irish, blues, folk, and swing jazz styles for many years. I have taught both privately and have also done various workshops at festivals. I have taught multiple years for instance at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in PA, The Traditions week at Common Ground on the Hill Festival in MD, Delaware Valley Festival, Grey Fox Festival, etc. I have taught all ages of students- from young kids to folks in their 90's. I have taught for schools, art organizations, run my own music camps, and have taught at plenty of workshops and camps led by others. I have performed professionally in various line ups over many years in a variety of styles. I have performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, National Geographic, The 9:30 Club, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Watermelon Park Festival, and a wide range of Universities, Arts Centers, and Clubs. I have also won many awards for my mandolin skills at a variety of contests like The Galax Fiddlers Convention, and first place at The Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention, The Deer Creek Fiddlers Convention, and The Watermelon Park Festival. My students learn to have fun with music. I am comfortable teaching in-person or online. Students can work on rhythms, melodies, improvisation, song writing, arranging tunes, music theory, getting into and/or hanging on in a jam session, etc. I make my students fun play along recordings to help them practice and have fun. Try a lesson and see for yourself have you can make some quick progress with music and have a great time doing it.
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Andrew H.

Andrew H.

*Adults* Whether you are a beginner or have been playing for years my comprehensive lessons will help you to quickly realize your musical goals. I tailor each lesson to fit your individual needs and will get you strumming your favorite songs, reading music, taking soaring solos, or writing your own melodies while simultaneously deepening your understanding of the language of music. At the end of each lesson you’ll receive an MP3 of all the material covered. *Kids* I believe in building music fundamentals while fostering a love of playing. My fun, imaginative, and age appropriate classes are just right for any budding musician! Each lesson is customized to get the individual student excited about music, that means playing songs they like and having fun while learning the essential techniques and developing musicality. I have extensive experience working with children 5-16 and adapt my teaching to promote success for each unique student. *Genres* Pop, Folk, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, Songwriting, Classical. *Instruments* Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Harmonica *About* My name is Andrew and I am a Grammy-balloted musician with over twenty years of experience teaching, performing, and recording. My playing has been featured on NPR, CNBC, FOX, CMT and on RollingStone.com. I am a passionate educator and teach for Vintage Guitar Magazine and the historic Calliope School of Folk Music. I have a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Elon University. I’d love to assist you on your musical journey, please feel free to reach out with any questions!
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Chris is an amazing teacher. He has a way of channeling technique and music theory in our lessons which are always fun. His deep love of music and versatility with so many styles is inspiring. I am an

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Chris accommodated where I am as a musician and tailored our lessons to best help me do what I want to do - learn base lines and rhythm. He prepared for each lesson and presented me with new material

Corey (Mandolin lessons with Chris C.)

Excellent instructor, was prepared and presented me with great material that was exactly what I was looking for.

Corey (Mandolin lessons with Chris C.)

Great instructor. Very knowledgable.

Keith (Mandolin lessons with Max Z.)

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Starting with basics and moving into playing simple songs, your beginner mandolin tutor might cover the following topics:

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  • Instrument anatomy and care
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  • Introduction to music theory, musical notation, and tablature

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Can you teach yourself the mandolin?


Sure, you can pick up a mandolin and begin strumming, but if you want to learn the fundamentals well, it’s best to learn with a private mandolin teacher. Even though the mandolin isn’t considered a terribly difficult instrument to master, if you’re learning on your own, you may pick up bad habits like poor posture or incorrect finger placements. That’s why we recommend learning with a certified teacher who can ensure that you’re building a strong foundation and grow your music skills from there.

What is the best way to learn the mandolin?


We might be biased, but we believe our private mandolin lessons offer the best way to learn this instrument! That’s because we only work with certified teachers who have the skills and qualifications to help students of all ages and skill levels. What’s more, we offer in-person and online mandolin lessons. It means that you can learn in whatever format best suits your preferences.

How long does it take to get good at the mandolin?


If you listen to your teacher’s instructions and put in plenty of practice, many beginner musicians begin getting the hang of this instrument within 90 days or so. However, it could take much longer if you’re looking to advance your skills and master more challenging mandolin music. Every student’s mandolin journey is unique, so it’s best to focus more on practicing and less on how much time it’s taking you to improve.

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