Sam Klingensmith

Sam K.

Oakdale, PA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teaching for over 24 years; owner of my own music store/studio for past 14 years.

Teaching beginner - advanced from age 5 to 70+.

I typically use the 21st Century Guitar method book with audio CD and I supplement the text with write-ins or handouts/worksheets as applied to the student's needs and questions. I try to get students playing chords as soon as possible; usually stating with open position power-chords and one or two finger open position chords.

I do flatpicking and fingerstyle ( with or without picks) and encourage students to try both. I try to get the student to sing and play - don't be bashful...I try to have fun with students.

I will help you learn to create chord progressions and write a chord chart and maybe a melody for your first songwriting experience. Usually we will do this using power -chords for beginners or what ever chords the student can handle.

I can train you how to learn songs by ear from recordings once you have some basic abilities.

About Sam K.

I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. I am experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.


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9 Reviews
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Sam was awesome - is a wealth of knowledge and skill and had so much to share. I will definitely be going back for many more lessons!

Posted Jun 13, 2019
Katharina K.
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Sam is very patient with this novice student and has given great practice tips for improvement.

Posted Jun 18, 2018
Marc S.
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Great first lesson with Sam. Learned a lot the entire way through

Posted Oct 8, 2016
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I went into banjo lessons not knowing if I could master the instrument or not, being nearly 70 years old. While by no means a master (and never going to be), I have learned so much from Sam and he has shown such patience with me. I often leave my lessons wondering how he ever puts up with me - but he does. His encourgement, laid-back style, expertise and knowledge of music (plus theory) and the banjo is impressive. His good nature makes my lessons so much more pleasant. I would say Sam is a a great teacher for both a beginner or an accomplished musician or in between. He likes to talk and demonstrate (nice and slowly if requested) so I would recommend hour-long lessons at first.

Posted May 27, 2016
D. B.
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Four lessons with Sam have been amazing. I had previous banjo lessons and plodded from one song to the next. Sam has expanded the entire scope of music for me. I continue with the lesions and enjoy music much more

Posted Feb 4, 2016
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Sam was wonderful with my daughter. He took the time to show her around his studio and explained some of the instruments to her. He even let her play a few. That helped her relax a bit and enjoy her first lesson.

Posted Feb 3, 2016
Barbara B.
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Sam is an excellent instructor without question! I spoke with him on the phone to get an idea of where I'm at and where I want to be, so immediately when I came to my first lesson we hit the ground running! I am very pleased with what I've learned so far and it's now up to me to practice and have my questions ready to make the most out of the time given (which is the fastest half hour you'll live ) I definitely recommend Sam to any level student who is serious about reaching the next level.

Posted Jan 28, 2016
Peggy Z.
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My daughter has never played a musical instrument before and decided she wanted to play the banjo. After 3 lessons with Sam, I am truely amazed how far along she has come. I would highly recommend Sam to any child or an adult. My daughter so enjoys her banjo lessons weekly with Sam.

Posted Nov 25, 2015
Michelle W.
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Harlie enjoys her lessons! Sam is a very enthusiastic teacher and helps to keep her focused

Posted Oct 31, 2014

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Music Teacher / Store /Studio Owner
Nov 2001 - Present

Private Music Studio

Music Store/Studio Owner/Operator/Teacher I teach ages 5-75 years old on the following instruments and styles: Electric/Acoustic/Bass Guitar (Pop/Rock, Bluegrass, Blues, Swing/Jazz) 5 String Bluegrass Style Banjo (Scruggs/Keith Style); Old-Timey style (Claw-hammer/Frailing)... Accordion, Mandolin, Fiddle/Violin, Dobro/Lap Steel/Pedal Steel and Upright Bass and Ukulele (Country/Bluegrass/Folk Styles)... Piano (Beginner/Intermediate Level)

Guitar/Bass/Banjo/Mandolin/Dobro/Piano Teacher
Nov 1992 - May 2002

Spratt Music

Guitar/Bass/Banjo Teacher
Nov 1992 - Dec 2001

Volkwein's Music; Pittsburgh Pa.

I taught ages 5-75 years old on the following instruments and styles: Electric/Acoustic/Bass Guitar... 5 String Bluegrass Style Banjo (Scruggs/Keith Style); occasionally Old-Timey style(Claw-hammer/Frailing)... Accordion (Traditional Style), Mandolin, Fiddle/Violin, Dobro and Upright Bass (Country/Bluegrass Style/Folk).


B.S. in Energy Technology Graduated 1985
Sep 1981 - Jun 1985

Penn State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency

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