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Brett K.
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I'm a professional musician/teacher of over 10 years, specializing in bluegrass and old time music. We will learn to play primarily by ear, giving you the musical freedom to pick up tunes on the fly in a jam setting. Making friends through music has been the most rewarding experience in my musical career. Whether it's around a campfire jam or on stage, you'll want to have the tools to jump right in to any song in a flash. Through proper technique, ear training, music theory, memorization, and some note reading (as an intermediary tool) you will be ready to experience the joy of music with yourself and others. About me: I have over 20 years musical experience, 10 on the mandolin, and 4 years teaching experience. I've been a professional touring musician for the past 7 years, primarily in bluegrass and bluegrass inspired groups. Before being exposed to bluegrass and the mandolin, I primarily stuck to playing the drums because it was the one instrument where I felt like I had musical freedom without being tied to a piece of sheet music telling me what to play. The tradition of bluegrass/old time music is passed down aurally. Being forced to learn in this way made me a much more proficient musician. Music theory finally clicked. I was enjoying learning new songs, and soon, I was actually expressing myself through improvisation! This is the true bliss of music and I can't wait to share it with you!
About Brett K.

I am a professional touring bluegrass musician. I primarily focus on the mandolin, but I play a bit of guitar, bass, and fiddle as well. I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Audio Production from the Art Institute of TN-Nashville in 2011, and have been performing professionally since 2012. I've been playing music almost my entire life through a variety of instruments and genres, but have found my true passion in bluegrass and old time music. I began studying the genre in 2012 and have been hooked ever since. I play mandolin in a contemporary bluegrass band full time, as well as in pick-up groups on recording sessions. Over the years, I've had the honor of sharing a bill with legendary bluegrass acts such as The Seldom Scene, Del McCoury, Jeff Austin, Keller Williams, and more. Although my passion is in bluegrass inspired music, I'm versed in other genres such as folk, country, jazz, rock, and blues. My experience as a bluegrass musician is mostly reflected in my "by-ear" teaching techniques. That is the way that the bluegrass tradition is handed down through the generations, and I believe learning by ear is the most musically freeing way to play an instrument. Through our lessons, I hope that you will not only play music, but understand it. You will not be dependent upon a piece of sheet music to be able to play a song, and you will be able to pick up melodies quickly and express your own creativity through your instrument via improvisation. I teach students from a wide range of ages and skill levels. Whatever your learning style, pace, and musical preferences are, I'll tailor each lesson to your individual needs in a fun and stress free way. Subjects we will cover include: technique, music theory, improvisation, ear training, songwriting/composing


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May 2014 - Present
Self Employed
Since 2014, I've been regularly touring with a contemporary bluegrass band. I also play a number of regular duo and trio gigs, as well as on recording sessions.
Bachelors in Audio Production
Aug 2008 - Aug 2011
Art Institute of TN-Nashville
Fluent/ Native Proficiency

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