Max Zimmet

Max Z.

Austin, TX
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn to play lead, rhythm, jam, improvise

Beginner to advanced, ages 12 and up

Private in-studio lessons tailored to your level and goals

If you’re just starting, we’ll begin with
Basic technique (holding the pick, struming)
Playing chords
Playing simple melodies

As you advance, you’ll be working on

Good tone production
Keeping solid time
Alternating bass patterns, single-string lead notes
Various picking techniques, dynamics, fingering
Variations, ornamentation, slides, hammers, pulls
Learning your favorite licks
Increasing repertoire
Learning more complex rhythms and improvisations
Developing fast and clean picking

Learn by tab, standard notation, or by ear

We'll focus on tunes you want to play, or take a broader approach incorporating reading music, ear training and theory

About Max Z.

I am a Berklee College of Music graduate in guitar & mandolin performance, and play in two 4-piece bluegrass/country bands and an acoustic duo. I've played over 400 shows since returning to Austin in 2016.

Lessons are tailored to your level and goals. We can focus on tunes you want to play, incorporating reading music, ear training and theory.

Learn by tab, music or by ear.Many students prefer to have notes or tab in front of them. I will provide the notes/tabs of songs we learn.

I want all students to come away from their lessons feeling successful.

*** Specialties ***
Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, Fiddle tunes


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9 Reviews
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When I started taking lessons with Max, I knew three chords and very little about music theory. I never thought I would get past G-C-D. His patience and structured lessons helped me become a better player. Max is very encouraging and that was most appreciated. I have more confidence in my playing thanks to him. I even understand the circle of fifths!

Posted Apr 19, 2020
Larry S.
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Max is a very patient and experienced teacher. I enjoyed my lesson with him and will be back for more.

Posted Mar 30, 2020
Erika tatum
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Max was prepared and was flexible with teaching both guitar and mandolin. He was very patient and knowledgeable.

Posted Feb 10, 2020
Skyler C.
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Max is a great instructor! Made my 14 year old daughter feel at ease and made great use of each 45 minute lesson. Great knowledge, patience and an all around cool teacher!

Posted Feb 10, 2020
Christopher M.

Great teacher!

Posted Jan 13, 2020
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Max was a great teacher. I walked in wanting to learn better soloing techniques for my bluegrass guitar. With Max's help, I got over several humps in my playing and solo creating skills. If you're looking for a solid teacher that listens to what you have to say, Max is your teacher.

Posted Apr 10, 2018
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Max is a great instructor and works really well with our 12 year old son. Our son looks forward to guitar lessons every week. Max's easy going attitude makes lessons fun and our son enjoys the jam sessions.

Posted Jul 31, 2017
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Great instructor. Very knowledgable.

Posted Apr 1, 2017
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Max is a superb guitar instructor! Each of his lessons are tailored to the individual needs and wants of his students. Tablatures are prepared in advance and available when you arrive at your next session. Strong emphasis is placed on playing technique, and Max is always willing to play each phrase or passage at a slower speed. For my money, there is no better guitar teacher, than Max.

Posted Mar 25, 2017

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Guitar and mandolin
Aug 2016 - Present

One Eye Open

Guitar and mandolin
Jan 2016 - Present

Hot Pickin 57s

Music Instruction
Aug 2011 - Present

Private Studio


BA, Guitar and Mandolin Performance
Sep 2006 - May 2011

Berkelee College of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


2018 Texas Flatpicking Guitar Championship- 3rd place
Jul 2018

Bay Area Bluegrass Association

2017 Texas Flatpicking Guitar Championship- 3rd place
Jul 2017

Bay Area Bluegrass Association

Rockgrass Flatpicking Guitar Championship- 3rd place
Jul 2008

Planet Bluegrass


Jan 2006
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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