Brian Alley

Brian A.

Portland, OR

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Brian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 7 to 97 and special needs

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Brian is a fun, friendly practitioner and teacher of the 5-string banjo. An accomplished songwriter and performer, he's played extensively as a solo artist and member of multiple bluegrass bands.

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Rocko Sep 11, 2017
Banjo · In studio

Brian's been very patient while teaching me to perform music. Bless his soul for sometimes I don't always put in the hours at home like I should, but he doesn't let that detract from our lessons. He also has an OK sense of humor.

Michael Sep 8, 2017
Banjo · In studio

BRAIN = GOOD banjo FUN, but He is not nbetter than JESUS CRIST our lord amd savoury

Fred Sep 8, 2017
Banjo · In home

I have had the pleasure of learning from Brian one on one, as well as watching onstage with one of many bands, Outwest. Brian's ear for melody is impeccable, taste in music unsurpassed and his heart is enormous. He is a great teacher, not only due to his technical prowess on the banjer--which I do believe he has played since the womb--but also because of the enthusiasm and power of spirit he brings to his musical endeavors. Take a lesson with Brian, watch him shred on stage or just talk bluegrass with him in the checkout lane of your loal equivalent to Raplh's, and you'll know what I mean. Brian also turned me on to John Hartford, which changed my life. If you want to play the banjer, take some lessons from this here picker!

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Dylan Sep 8, 2017
Banjo · In home

Brian is one of the most talented, kind and brilliant people I've ever met. He is an excellent banjo player and instructor and his warm and fun style makes learning from Brian both challenging and exciting.

Ed Sep 8, 2017
Banjo · In studio

Brian's been my banjo teacher for over a few years now! I've really improved and am looking forward to learning everything he can teach. He's a great player and a very patient teacher. I highly recommend taking lessons from him online, and especially at home if you have the chance!

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