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Bryan M.
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Bring out the musician in you with this teacher’s over 15 years of hands on experience
Looking for someone to help you reach that next level? Whatever your stringed instrument, I can guide you there. From the rank basics to traditional tunes, to timing and tone, technique and theory, I can show you what you need to make your journey easier. Rely on my 15 years of music teaching experience to save you countless hours of bewilderment and frustration! My journey as a musician which began at the age of 8 has now carried me to 48 states and a dozen countries, including 4 tours in continental Europe. I spent 7+ years performing, recording, and giving workshops with talented acoustic acts based in Nashville and the southeast. I am lucky to have been involved and contributed to a handful of IBMA and Grammy-nominated albums. Increasingly, however, I turn my focus toward private teaching. I find great joy and pride in helping a student reach their goals and surprise themselves with their own potential. Go ahead and get in touch, and let's try a session together! Background and expertise in Bluegrass, Americana, Country, Old Time, Swing and Jazz, etc... Also winner of 21 championships, including 2 national titles in Winfield, KS.
About Bryan M.

In the last decade, I’ve logged a million miles and thousands of hours of playing time as a sideman for bluegrass and acoustic acts. I’ve applied my talents to award-winning projects with top artists, adding fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and often vocals, to these albums. I've been so pleased to carry this background experience into my work as a teacher of these stringed instruments. It's such a great value to be able to answer what questions people have about the professional touring life! When involved in any part of the musical realm, it quickly becomes evident that everyone is unique in their learning style, and we all have an equally unique set of goals for our own music. My goal is to meet students where they are and guide them to a high level of enjoyment and understanding of the music they play. My wish is to give you a command of your instrument that you can confidently take anywhere, to any setting! On all instruments offered, I show students new skills through tunes and songs and add new variations to exercise ability and stretch the imagination. On the way, I strive to aid and challenge the development of students' ears in light, constructive ways. We’ll walk through the fundamentals together and go over techniques and exercises that help musicians get the most out of an instrument. We’ll listen in detail to the tone and quality of the music we produce, and adjust lesson material to the areas that will most benefit the student. And, we’ll focus on becoming stress and tension free players, creating clear paths for the music that you mean to play. I enjoy helping people enter new circles and find fulfillment collaborating with other musicians. These environments are where you'll have the opportunity to apply principles learned in formal instruction, and more importantly, where you get to create your own voice! Expect to hear some advice from me on being a team player... I’m always happy to provide quality tablature and other forms of notation when appropriate and have taught many the basics of the Nashville Number System. Yet, I do believe acquiring the skill of simply 'hearing and doing' to be a key milestone in the path to musical freedom, and I tend to devote some time to nurturing this trait. With practice and diligence, you can play anything you hear!

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I have been taking mandolin lessons with Bryan for over a year now, he is very patient and excellent at his teaching. He explains everything there is to know about the mandolin. I recommend him for a teacher for anyone at any age..

Posted May 5, 2022
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Bryan is an incredible teacher. He's calm, complimentary and is able to give the right cues to move you to the next level.

Posted Mar 13, 2022
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Just started, but Bryan provides just the right guidance and challenge. Very much enjoying learning to play and having a great instructor!

Posted Feb 1, 2021
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Touring Musician with...
Jan 2012 - Aug 2018
Claire Lynch Band, Sierra Hull, Alison Brown, Mountain Heart, Lee Ann Womack
Private Music Instructor
May 2004 - May 2019
Self
English
Native Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
IBMA Recorded Event of the Year
Sep 2017
IBMA
18 Regional Instrument Championships
Oct 2010
Various
National Flatpicking, National Mandolin, and Fiddle Championship
Sep 2009
Walnut Valley Festival

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Instructor details
Banjo
Teaches 4 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Student's Home
Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$30
45 minutes
$40
60 minutes
$55
90 minutes
$80
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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