Rhonda Clark
Fairfield, WA
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Rhonda Clark

Rhonda C.

Fairfield, WA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
We are going to HAVE FUN! I will be customizing your lessons to your needs, your skill level, your age, and most importantly, what you would like to learn on the Banjo.
I give lessons on the 5 string banjo, so if you still need to buy a banjo and you decide to have me as your teacher, please be sure to purchase a 5 string banjo.

I will be including the basic fundamentals (for example, scales and arpeggios as warmup exercises when you practice) keeping them fun, not grueling or boring. You will learn how to strum chords and finger-pick, which is the most common method of playing the banjo. To do this, you will need finger picks, which we will use right away during your first lesson. Overcoming any obstacle is to face it right away and not put it off. Often times new banjo players will avoid using finger picks for various reasons, but I can assure you, once you get used to them, you will never look back!

I will help you sight read music (new songs) which is extremely useful should you join a group or accompany others and they suddenly place a piece of music in front of you and would like you to play it. Sight reading helps you to play songs you've never seen or had a chance to practice ahead of time. Of course the most important is learning the genre of music (songs) you like. I am fairly versed in most music genres and we can discuss the areas you are most interested in before signing up to see if we are a good fit in this area.

Before moving on to Lesson Details, should you sign up for banjo lessons, I want you to know that the above mentioned is not in concrete. I will never force a student of mine to do something they absolutely do not want to do. I will encourage you to try it, but once you've come to the conclusion you have no desire for certain areas, we will focus on what it is you desire to learn and feel most comfortable at learning.


*** Lesson Details ***
Listed here are the basics you will need to get off to a great start at your first lesson and future lessons. These are required items to learn properly, as well as for me to teach you adequately. Without these tools, we will struggle as both teacher and student, which is not what either of us would want. Please be sure to order these items as soon as possible once you've committed to lessons. If these items have not arrived before the lesson, I do have material we can and will use, so again, don't fret over this. As you will see, I am flexible and want this to be fun, not frustrating for you.

1. 5 String Banjo
My only recommendation here is to make sure there is little to no difficulty when pressing down on the strings with the left hand. If you find it extremely difficult to press down, you may have a banjo with a warped neck or it has been damaged. Options are to take it to a shop where it can be fixed, or at best, get an honest opinion as to whether or not it can be refurbished to work well for you. Be cautious when ordering a used instrument online. If you are not familiar with purchasing used instruments in this manner, have someone who is experienced in buying online help you make your purchase. My suggestion, is go to a music store where you can try out the instrument to see if it's a good fit for you or your child. This way you will know what you are getting.

2. Banjo Tuner. This is the one I recommend:
Snark ST-8 Super Tight Clip On Tuner

3. Finger Picks. Listed here are the fingerpicks I use and have found to be comfortable and stay on well because of the design. If you're not sure what to order, you can go to your local music store for advice. You will need a pick for the thumb, index and middle finger.
PROPIK Thumb Pick and Extra Comfortable Split Wrap Fingerpicks available here: https://www.deeringbanjos.com/

4. Lesson Book. This is the book we will work start with, so please order what I have listed here. If you have a particular book you would like to work out of, please send me the name of the book so I can review it (and purchase if need be) so I can help you with it.

"The Complete 5-String Banjo Player" by Tony Trischka


*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a dedicated area of my home where I keep all my instruments as well as having high quality audio equipment, a computer with high speed internet, and excellent lighting.
As a side note, this is my home in which I have a business raising Bernese Mountain Dogs. They may come and go in the background, but I can assure you that if they appear to be a distraction in any manner, especially for younger children, I will make sure they are placed appropriately so as to remove any distractions before the lesson begins.


*** Students Equipment ***
Before starting the first lesson, I do expect the student to have a banjo, a tuner, finger picks and lesson book(s) as mentioned above in "Lesson Details".
You must have access to a computer or ipad with a good internet that will not drop or freeze in a Zoom lesson.

*Note: I do not recommend viewing lessons from a smart phone. There are multiple reasons they are not conducive for zoom lessons. If this is the only method available when first starting lessons, this is understandable, but please transition as soon as you can to a computer or ipad. Having an external microphone is helpful in being able to hear both the instrument and your voice, but not a requirement unless the mic on device does not work properly. When using an external mic, it may require you to use headphones depending on how it is set up.

Thank You for viewing my profile. Please feel free to ask me questions through TakeLessons. I will do my very best to answer each and every one to the best of my abilities.

To Your Success!
Rhonda

About Rhonda C.

Welcome to Rhonda's Instrumental Lessons!
I love people and music and the two go superbly well together. I've been teaching piano, woodwinds, brass, strings, harmonica and even some accordion ever since I was 15 years old, which to date has been going on over 45 years of sharing my skills and knowledge and passing on what I’ve learned to others, young and old. I love to see kids and adults learn to play an instrument and play songs they really enjoy!

The instruments I currently offer to teach in TakeLessons are piano, trumpet, flute, clarinet, violin, guitar, banjo and dulcimer.

A brief background of myself;

I am a country gal who loves the outdoors, hiking, walks, nature, and all kinds of animals of which I’ve had just about every kind of farm animal you can imagine, with horses being my number one favorite.

I’ve worked in health care as a licensed caregiver to the elderly for years on and off in nursing homes, care centers as well as private homes.

I’ve had the privilege to teach music k-12 in a Christian school where my children attended, as well as private lessons out of my home.

One of my hobbies, along with my music, was raising German Shepherds and Shepadoodles which I did for about 20 years. I now currently raise Bernese Mountain Dogs and Bernese Shepherds.

Should you decide to learn from me as your teacher, I am relaxed, very easy to get along with and most of all, I love to have fun, laugh and enjoy life! I believe in keeping our time spent together relaxed and stress free. Learning should be very enjoyable, not stressful, high pressured, or leaving you in tears at the end of a lesson.

Music has always been my way to relax and do what I love the most. My desire is for you to have this same experience by learning how to play an instrument. Possibly something you've wanted to do for a long time. Now's the time to get started and fulfill your dream! Oh, and age is not a factor to learn. I’ve taught from as young as 4 years on up to people in their 80’s! It’s never too late!

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Lois K.
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Rhonda was knowledgeable, fun and professional. She started where I was at and moved me along at my own pace. The music choices were great. Challenging but absolutely doable. Can't wait for my next lesson!!

Posted Jun 1, 2021
Cody
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Rhonda probably the best teacher I have ever had! for the many years that she taught me the violin, guitar, and trombone. she was always patient especially from the time I was young all the way till I was an “adult” preparing me for concerts and solo acts. Rhonda is a master of all and if you told her that you wanted to be the best triangle player or the best trumpet player she would make it happen. If there was an instrument that she has never used that you wanted to learn she would indefinitely buy it, become a master within the week and begin to teach you. She truly is the most genuine and talented person I have ever had the pleasure to work with!

Posted May 2, 2021
Craig
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I was very pleased at the progress of my first lesson. Rhonda is very patient and goes above and beyond to make this a great experience. I am looking forward to our next lesson.

Posted May 1, 2021
Emma
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I began taking violin lessons from Rhonda at age 5 and eventually added guitar, mandolin, and an occasional vocal opportunity:) I learned so much from her over the years (approx 4) including proper technique, patience, & self discipline. I continue to be active in music & vocal performance in the community at age 18. Rhonda is a great teacher and person!

Posted Apr 19, 2021
Liam
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I took guitar & banjo lessons from Rhonda starting at age 7 for approx 4 years. She was a great teacher by letting me pick out music I enjoyed and playing songs along with me. I am now 19 years old, continue to enjoy music and play in 2 bands. I would highly recommend Rhonda as an instructor.

Posted Apr 19, 2021
Sara
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I started taking piano lessons when I was 4 years old and stopped once I graduated high school. Rhonda was my piano teacher for all 14 years! Rhonda is a very talented musician. She is kind, patient, and loves to see the growth in her students.

Posted Apr 19, 2021
Fleur
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Rhonda is amazing! I took lessons with her for about 15 years. I started with her in kindergarten and I continued until my sophomore year of college. She is very kind and patient and all around an awesome person! She was the one who helped me fall in love with music and I an forever grateful!

Posted Jan 22, 2021

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Church Pianist
Jun 1970 - Present

Chruches

I have been the church pianist in several churches throughout the years, I am the pianist and accompanist in my current church. I have accompanied and still do to this day, professional singers and musicians.

Instrumental Teacher
Jun 1970 - Present

Rhonda's Music Lessons

I have been teaching piano, woodwinds, brass, string, beginner drum, harmonica and accordion ever since I was 15 years old. My instruments of choice to teach are piano, flute, clarinet, trumpet and dulcimer. Currently in takelessons I am offering Piano and Dulcimer lessons.

Music Teacher
Sep 1979 - Jun 1996

Pavilion Christian School

Music Education involving theory, singing, instrumental classes. K-12

Education

Music Theory, Piano, Instrumental
Sep 1968 - Jun 1974

Perry High

Languages

Sign language

Limited Proficiency

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