Lyle Raymond

Lyle R.

Sun Prairie, WI
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Banjo Lessons

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I have been playing and teaching banjo since 2006, and I'm always very excited to introduce new students to this unique instrument. I focus on the "Scruggs-style" method of playing 5-string banjo, and we'll work on techniques used in common bluegrass and folk tunes. As you advance, I'll help you in creating your own banjo solo breaks.

About Lyle R.

- Degree in Music Theory / History from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.
- 25 years' teaching and performing experience.
- Fluent in all electric styles, plus acoustic and classical.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to cover the fundamentals while focusing on your personal goals. All stages of ability are welcome, from rank novice to pro. We'll determine what you wish to learn, and build a roadmap to get there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Office in his Townhouse: Music stand, recording equipment, two chairs.

*** Specialties ***
All types of jazz, from swing to modern. Rock, Metal, Blues and Country. Composition and improvisation.

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  • Teaching since 1989
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Reviews (26)

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Scott R. Feb 4, 2019
Banjo · In studio

So far so good. Very patient as mistakes after mistake was made. Corrected quite a few mistakes I was making so that my habits would be good habits from the start. Let me talk to myself as I messed up and complimented me when I was on the right track.

Nancy C. Jan 18, 2019
Banjo · Online

Great lesson! Thanks!

Robert C. Jan 2, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In home

complete novice; adult student. First lesson very relaxed. Excellent blend through-out lesson of questions and information my goals and background as well as instructor's goals for me and his background. First "technical" part of lesson was manageable and care taken by Lyle to make sure I understood what was being presented. I left the first lesson feeling this would be a good fit between instructor and student

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Sarah Dec 21, 2018
Banjo · Online

Nancy C. Dec 21, 2018
Banjo · Online

I am still not real comfortable with the picks and how I am holding the neck. Next time!

Marilyn Dec 11, 2018
Piano · In studio

Did a fine job discerning what our starting point should be. Easy-going and comfortable to work with.

Janet Nov 7, 2018
Banjo · In home

Great first lesson. I like goal setting and getting email about lesson.

Evie Jun 14, 2018
Ukulele · In studio

Evie came back very proud of what she learned in her first lesson & excited for more.

Danielle Mar 7, 2018
Piano · In studio

I am thoroughly enjoying my piano lessons so far! Lyle is very accommodating, fun, and great teacher! I am looking forward to many more lessons. Thanks Lyle!

Mack M. Nov 7, 2017
Banjo · Online

When the lesson started we got right to the point and decided the best direction to take with the limited experience I have. I have goals for the next lesson and something to work with and someone to help me along the way.

Mack M. Nov 7, 2017
Banjo · Online

Mack M. Nov 7, 2017
Banjo · Online

Char Oct 9, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I am a complete novice - my first ever guitar lesson. This lesson started from holding the guitar, pick, fingers and finger movement, and form. I started the book and I learned lots. Lyle was very efficient and professional.

Jalen Mar 18, 2017
Piano · In studio

Lyle is very knowledgeable and seems to have a good method of teaching piano. My son is enjoying it very much.

Patrick Jan 31, 2017
Ukulele · Online

Awesome teacher! only first time and I already know he is very nice and patient!

Sri G. Oct 14, 2016
Piano · In studio

He is been really good,explains very clearly. He can understand me very well. Good to have him as my teacher. These are words told by my daughter.

Patty May 15, 2016
Banjo · Online

I know nearly nothing about music, but just love to try. Lyle is patient, and able to be flexible if I have not been able to practice (as much as I should!)

kevin Z. Jul 7, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Lyle provided a great first experience in my bass guitar lessons. He is very knowledgeable and created a custom lesson plan to what I am looking for.

Jakob J. May 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Excellent with my 9 year old son!

Adam K. Mar 27, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Lyle has been a great instructor so far. He has taught me how to think about and practice guitar better. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge that he shares in an easy-going way. I feel better prepared and confidant that I can reach my desired skill level, rather than it seeming like a fantasy. Highly recommended.

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Jen M. Feb 5, 2015
Banjo · Online

Good combination of book learnin' and improvisational instruction.

Katrina G. Jul 11, 2014
Banjo · In home

Lyle is awesome! Lessons are fun and helpful, he focuses on helping you meet your musical goals. I am an adult absolute novice, never played an instrument before, and I feel really good about my progress. If a year ago someone would have asked me "will you ever play an instrument?" I would have said absolutely no and that I didn't think I was even capable of learning an instrument, I considered myself to be very non-musical; but not anymore. 1 star off because we've had a lot of cancellations and reschedules but that's partially my fault as well since our lessons are on Friday nights and he warned me he often plays gigs or has to travel to gigs on that night.

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RAMA S. May 7, 2013
Guitar ·

Very Good Teacher

Very cool and has immense patience for my 6 year old son. The right guitar teacher for my son who has questions nonstop.

Nina H. Jan 28, 2013

Patient and willing to work with my son.

Lyle has been doing a wonderful job with my son. My son tends to lose focus a lot, but Lyle has never been cross or sharp with him. We are very pleased with the progress we are making.

JanF Jul 9, 2012

for Stella

she responds well to Lyle. We have worked flexibly with our schedules and she is getting along ok. She could practice more...but she likes what and how she has learned so far...

HortensiaG Feb 12, 2012

Excelent teacher; totally happy!

He's very knowledgable!!!His teaching is wonderful!!He cares for the student's learning and goals!!!


Private Music Instructor
Aug 1996 - Present


Private music instructor, guitar, piano, bass, banjo, ukulele, and woodwinds. Freelance, with some work at academies including Lake Country Conservatory (Oconomowoc), Arboretum Music School (Waunakee), SoSonic (Madison) and MusicWorks (Madison). Current owner of MusicWorks.


Bachelor of Music
Aug 1991 - Aug 1998

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

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