Picture of banjo lessons in Portsmouth, VA

Portsmouth, VA Banjo Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio Banjo lessons? Our Portsmouth teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Play-button

Our teachers have taught

2 , 5 6 2 , 7 3 5

lessons and counting!

Popular Banjo Teachers near Portsmouth, VA

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Portsmouth, VA including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton and Newport News.

Showing 10 of 49 results View More

About Lynn K.

Close
Profile_100810_pi_John%20Currie%20%26%20Lynn%20TFFM%202
Virginia Beach, VA

View Full Profile

Both Scruggs 3 finger Bluegrass & Frailing/Clawhammer styles are fun & challenging! No experience necessary!

About Lynn
Whether  you are 5, 25, or  perhaps 75 years old when you make the decision to enter the world of music, you will be changing your life for the positive.  

Your relationship with music & your chosen instrument is unique &
will  be life long.  I look forward to sharing  your
excitement as we pursue the path to comfort, confidence & the
eventual, inevitable joy you will achieve with your new friend.

*** Lesson Details ***
In a calm, easy going atmosphere you can expect to laugh a bit, as it is called 'playing music', as well as become focused & disciplined to succeed.

You will learn to have an understanding of how to read & play a minimum of 3 songs each month, & will be picking up enough music theory as it applies to your instrument each week to feel confident & inspired to continue on as far as you desire.

We will learn h
ow to 'play well with others' in informal as well as more structured gatherings every few months, with no pressure, only compassion & encouragement.

For those wishing to join in the fun of playing bluegrass music, we will start out with technique exercises, scales, basic melodies & accompaniment patterns to prepare you to learn this unique & exciting style of American music. There are many gatherings in the area called 'Pickin' Parties' that I want to get you ready to participate in as soon as is humanly possible.

If you are one of those brave souls undertaking the lovely but challenging fretless instrument, the violin, my main focus is to get you started with the all the necessary basic techniques - holding the instrument & bow correctly, getting the best possible tone & pitch using efficiency & accuracy, mixed with a great deal of ear training & heart.

Specific songs you'd like to learn? Your reward for accomplishing what I deem necessary on whichever instrument you've chosen will be for us to then listen to & analyze your desired piece, & I will then write it out in either tablature or standard notation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lesson studio contains music stand, tuner, metronome, & there is easy parking in the well lit front lot.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must have own instrument & be willing to purchase necessary tools as recommended at their first lesson for their instrument & playing level, such as music stand, tuner, pick, book, strap, etc. at a local music store or on line.

*** Specialties ***
Bluegrass, Country, Country Rock, Contemporary Christian, Americana, Ragtime Blues Guitar, Fingerstyle, Flatpick, Accompaniment, Ear Training, Theory, Harmony
...
Reviews
Thumb_121920_pi_fullsizeoutput_4fe2
Allison Wilson August 13, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Always fun
Silhouette-80
Alison June 19, 2018
· Fiddle · In studio
Great teacher
Thumb_121920_pi_fullsizeoutput_4fe2
Allison Wilson May 14, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Always constructive criticism and support
View Details
View Profile
Lynn K.

Lynn K.

Virginia Beach, VA 23455
(23)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Zachary J.

Close
216284_327147_32832
Saint Paul, MN
View Full Profile

Prefer the Mel Bay method books.

About Zachary
Zachary is a multi-talented teacher and performer. He teaches violin, piano, guitar, voice, mandolin, banjo and more. As a singer/ songwriter, he has released 3 cds, tours nationally with over 100 dates per year and has shared the stage with multiple multi-Grammy award winners. He is an inspirational and motivational based teacher; he will make you or your child LOVE making music rather than dreading their weekly lesson. He has a BA in music performance and has taught for 10 years. He is an exceptionally talented and in-demand teacher and performer.

*** Lesson Details ***
Zach is very motivating and inspiring. He will not yell or discourage you or your child. He will have reasonable and attainable weekly goals. He will seek the best from you but will maintain professionalism and makes learning enjoyable and fun. Works well with all ag
es, from beginners to advanced; from young children to adults.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio, f/w keyboard, and all other instruments he teachers, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide instrument, stand. I will provide my own instrument (except piano).

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki for violin (I'm comfortable with other methods, too)
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Aubrey C. April 11, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Great with kids!
Silhouette-80
Abby W. November 1, 2014
· Singing · In home
Relates to a 13 year old very well and is very professional.
Silhouette-80
Janet L. February 2, 2014
· Piano ·
supportive and encouraging

I found Zach through 'take lessons' after my daughter had a few years with an intense classical pianist. I want my daughter to have fun and appreciate music and not feel the intense pressure she was feeling with our previous instructor. Zach was the perfect choice. My daughter loves her lessons. Zach does take time off for his professional endevors. Good for him. He has always let us know and connected with us when he returns.
View Details
View Profile
Zachary J.

Zachary J.

Online
(7)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Gio A.

Close
Profile_82149_pi_2014-10-25%2021-37-52
New York, NY
View Full Profile

I've played guitar since I was eight years old and various other stringed instruments for several years. I love the banjo sound and played a bit on my original album Heliotropism. I'd love to help novice players get their feet wet with the instrument, strumming and plucking away at their favorite songs.

About Gio
I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.

I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrument takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put some time into practicing, then I will help them go far!

*** Studi
o Equipment ***
I have several guitars, a drum kit, djembe, mandolin, clarinet and full-size keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar: Classical, jazz, American or Irish folk, rock and pop; lead or rhythm.
Drums & Percussion: All genres
Piano: Classical (includes sight reading)
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Hardy S. August 22, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
tough connecting, but success...next week will be easier
Silhouette-80
Michelle P. January 11, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Silhouette-80
Ian C. July 7, 2017
· Drum · In studio
1 lesson and he wants to go back so it is a win for me.. Gio is an educator and knowledgeable on many instruments.
View Details
View Profile
Gio A.

Gio A.

Online
(17)
starting at
$28 / 30-min

About Frankie P.

Close
Profile_138123_pi_DSC00073
Salem, MA
View Full Profile

Fun instrument for which I focus on the claw hammer technique and Earl Scruggs style rolls.

About Frankie
Being a Berklee College of Music Graduate with a Masters in Music
Education from Boston University, I have been playing for almost 30
years and teaching private lessons for 15+, I am a Professional
Instructor that has the ability and resources to teach several styles
ranging from Rock to Classical to Jazz to Country to Metal. In other
words, anything you want to learn I can teach you or your child using the songs and exercises necessary to help you become a real musician.

*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons are tailored to you and your wants as a musician. Whether
you have an electric, acoustic, or classical guitar, along with various method books, I have the music,
print outs, and instructional material to make sure you progress as you
should.

The lessons will help you learn to play guitar through chord diagrams,

theory, charts, examples, and exercises, as well as anything you hear on
the radio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a lot of guitars, amps, pedals, woodwind instruments, keyboards, and recording equipment. Instruments everywhere!

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students should have their own instrument and method book. Other that that, I provide all other handouts and supplemental material and handouts.

*** Specialties ***
I work the most in rock, bluegrass, country, contemporary, and jazz styles.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Stephen September 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Frankie tailors each music lesson to my needs and interests, while sharing his extensive knowlege of music, theory, and playing technique. I have enjoyed each lesson over past 8 years, as he has encouraged me to grow and develop my own knowledge and skill. An excellent instructor!
Silhouette-80
J August 7, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Frankie's knowledge and his ability to teach in a way that's easy to learn make him the greatest.
Silhouette-80
Andrew August 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Frankie has been my piano instructor for several years now. He's always on-time, communicates well, and treats my house with respect (my instructions are at home). He's let me learn at my own pace while challenging me to do things the "correct way." And he doesn't mind the occasional side-discussion on music theory or history.
View Details
View Profile
Frankie P.

Frankie P.

Online
(17)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Mel P.

Close
Profile_101933_pi_Mel%20Martin%20Guitar
Union, MO

View Full Profile

5 string banjo Skruggs style bluegrass.

About Mel
I have tons of experience and formal university training in music education. I know how to take the complex and make it simple.

There are very good reasons my students rise to the top. Experience makes a difference, and I have more professional teaching experience than 99% of other instructors.

Learning the best way, helps you learn faster and have fun while you succeed!
...
Reviews
Thumb_129710_pi_IMG_E1786
Elizabeth Coyne August 7, 2018
· Banjo · In home
Mel is a very patient and knowledgable teacher. I feel like I fumble along at the beginning of a lesson but by the end Mel has improved my technique and timing. I would definitely recommend Mel to anyone who wants to learn or improve on their instrument!
Silhouette-80
Lew B. February 27, 2018
· Fiddle · Online
Mel is a great listener. My first lesson was great.
Silhouette-80
Vern B. February 20, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
He is an excellent instructor. His teacher technique are easy to understand and follow. His talent with the guitar is that of a professional. I’m looking forward in learning as much as I can from him.
View Details
View Profile
Mel P.

Mel P.

Online
(11)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Karen R.

Close
Profile_48452_pi_image
Virginia Beach, VA

View Full Profile

Love to teach beginning banjo. It really hones my patience and perserverance!

About Karen
Hello and thank you for the opportunity to serve.

There is no greater blessing than to use the gifts you've been given to directly benefit others! If you love what you do you will never work a day in your life!

Be certain, making music is unlike anything else you've done. At the same time, making music will strengthen everything else you WILL do!

Whether you choose me to help to you along the way or another teacher, please be sure to get a teacher that is patient, experienced and disciplined. Your first year of music lessons will either create a strong foundation or collapse under the partially built structure. Give the teacher a chance to make their point. Don't be too quick to judge based on the inexperience of the student. The fundamental lessons must be repeated until learned.

Whatever you do, get a teacher. Do not wa
ste time believing you can 'self teach'. Your technique needs to be monitored by someone who knows music.

I've learned a great deal in my 20 years of teaching;

- patience
- persistence
- keep it fun
- change it up
- don't compromise the fundamentals
- encourage musical discipline
- tuning, warm-up, scales, technique, repertoire, new material
- repeat!

It's my belief that music fundamentals are critical and we will create a solid musical foundation by learning the language, understanding the critical issues of timing, rhythm, reading and learning how to LEARN!

I enjoy working with all ages but specialize in children and adults that act like children!

Stay a child! Learn something new.

What are you waiting for?!

If you don't see an availability you would like, please feel free to contact me via the TakeLessons site and ask questions!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Margaret Marshall March 26, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Karen is encouraging my daughter about her violin that she is already seeing herself as a musician. She is practicing daily and quotes her teacher about why she is doing what she is doing (sitting posture, applying rosin, hand positions, etc.)
Silhouette-80
Giovanni L. July 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
We would like to thank Karen for patiently teaching our son Federico. It was a pity we had to come back to Italy and w're missing such a positive inspiration for our son. Thank you again Karen for your professionalism and love in teaching our young son.
Silhouette-80
Luanne F. May 15, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My daughter has loved having Karen as her teacher. She is kind and patient. My daughter has made tremendous strides and is loving the violin! I even catch her practicing without being asked!
View Details
View Profile
Karen R.

Karen R.

Virginia Beach, VA 23455
(17)
starting at
$22 / 30-min

About Derek V.

Close
Profile_54691_pi_timthumb
Austin, TX
View Full Profile

I have been teaching banjo since 2007 and can guide a student with folk/ bluegrass/ old timey and pop.

About Derek
TEACHING MISSION: Capture the joy of playing music. Inspire continual playing and/or practice, regardless of student's lifestyle/career choices.
I start the first lesson with a student wish list (songs, goals, etc) and every lesson we take significant steps towards the goals.

Skills: Guitar/Mandolin/Piano/Bass/Banjo/Recording/DJ Technology

Education: B.M. Classical/ Jazz Guitar Performance, University of Colorado, 2003
B.S. Audio Engineering/ Production, Middle Tennessee State University, 1997

Teaching Experience:
-The Musicians Woodshed (Austin) Sept 2013- Present
-Brooklyn Music Lessons (NYC) 2010-2013
-University of Colorado (Boulder) 2000-2010
-Naropa University (Boulder) 2007-2010
-The Lesson Studio (Boulder) 2005-2009

Performance Experience:
Freelance Musician/ Arranger/ Composer 2000-Present
I have played guita
r, mandolin, bouzouki, keyboards, or bass in folk, classical,
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Trey H. August 20, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Two Thumbs Up!
Silhouette-80
Rollin May 26, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
As an adult learning to play an instrument for the first time, very little has come naturally. I had tried two other instructors prior to Derek and felt as though I made little progress with them. Derek's approach is much more intuitive and the progress more obvious. great teacher with a sound approach.
Silhouette-80
David November 10, 2016
· Banjo · Online
Great teacher, very clear, patient communication. Can't wait for the next lesson!
View Details
View Profile
Derek V.

Derek V.

Online
(11)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Victor S.

Close
Profile_82735_pi_DSC01195resized
Palo Alto, CA
View Full Profile

I offer banjo for children and adults of all levels, from first time players to very advanced players. I offer lessons teaching three-finger Scruggs, Melodic and Reno-Style bluegrass banjo. I can provide a complete curriculum including tabs/sheet music or I can can give personalized lessons on skills or music of your choice. I teach both playing by ear and tablature. I can also prepare students to play in bands and jams.

About Victor
I am a professional teacher and performer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been teaching guitar, banjo, and mandolin professionally since 2004. I have performed on all of these instruments and have played at numerous music festivals throughout the United States as well as teaching at many music camps on the West Coast. I am currently performing in bands on electric guitar, banjo, and mandolin.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Steve August 19, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
The lesson was great I told Victor the things I struggle with most & he started me off with some basics that I need to work on & also showed me some bad habits I needed to correct all with a patient pleasant attitude I'm looking forward to the next lesson.Steve S
Silhouette-80
Steve August 19, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Victor was great I haven't picked up my Guitar in it felt like forever and I had picked up a lot of bad habits he was very patient and gave me the building blocks to help me get started back on the right track.
Silhouette-80
Shaheer M. January 25, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Had a great lesson with Victor! He knows music really well and is very patient with beginners.
View Details
View Profile
Victor S.

Victor S.

Online
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Patrick T.

Close
Profile_107005_pi_IMG_1253
Johnson City, TN
View Full Profile

Hey there! I've been playing banjo in a rock/folk band for about 7 years and I'd love to show you some easy tips to get started playing.

About Patrick
I am a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, songwriter, performer, arranger, and recording artist based in Johnson City Tennessee. Music has always been a part of my life, I have been playing guitar for 21 years as well as studying other instruments. I've been in 2 university programs for guitar performance at MTSU and ETSU. Currently I play for three different bands (Amythyst Kiah and her chest of glass, Iliad, and Us If). I have been teaching for 5 years now and have a space in Johnson City that serves as a studio for lessons. I also enjoy gardening and bicycling when I have the time.
...
View Details
View Profile
Patrick T.

Patrick T.

Online
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Jesse B.

Close
Profile_131368_pi_banjo
Smithfield, VA
View Full Profile

Experienced banjo teacher, staff at several Kids Academies held at bluegrass festivals in the Northeast, also teaching beginner acoustic guitar, mandolin, and upright bass. Have performed extensively with bluegrass bands on the east coast (including the Newport Folk Festival), locations in, Japan, and recently at the IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. I have over 20 years of experience on the five string banjo and am proud to be an endorsed Deering Banjo Artist.

About Jesse
Bluegrass banjo player with 20 years of performance experience, also teaching beginner to intermediate guitar, beginner mandolin, and upright bass. I was a resident music therapist at the CITE school in Providence, RI, have worked with several kids academies at bluegrass festivals in the Northeast, and am now teaching out of my own studio in Smithfield, VA (Riverside Bluegrass Music Servicess LLC).
I have performed extensively on the East coast as well as in Japan, and am an endorsed Deering Banjo artist.
...
View Details
View Profile
Jesse B.

Jesse B.

Smithfield, VA 23430
starting at
$50 / 30-min

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Portsmouth, VA?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Get Started with Free Resources

Recent Banjo Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Banjo articles on our blog.

6 Destructive Beliefs That Hold Beginner Musicians Back

6 Destructive Beliefs That Hold Beginner Musicians Back

Do you ever wonder how good your skills would be now if you started practicing a year ago? A question like this should motivate, not dishearten you. In this article, guest writer Elizabeth Kane will take you through six destructive beliefs you might face as you're learning how to become a musician, and how you can overcome them...   Mind Over Matter Your mind is a powerful tool. Your thoughts dictate just about every conscious decision you make. Whether you're a beginner guitari … Read More

6 Destructive Beliefs That Hold Beginner Musicians Back
Do you ever wonder how good your skills would be now if you started practicing a year ago? A question like this should motivate, not dishearten you. In this article, guest writer Elizabeth Kane will take you through six destructive beliefs you might face as you're learning how to become a musician, and how you can overcome them...   Mind Over Matter Your mind is a powerful tool. Your thoughts dictate just about every conscious decision you make. Whether you're a beginner guitari
Are Heavy Metal Banjos The Next Big Thing?
Loud, jangly, and twangy, the banjo is an instrument with a distinctive voice that immediately evokes the spirit of the American South. Long a mainstay of bluegrass music, banjos have recently been incorporated into pop music as well by bands like Mumford and Sons. And, if YouTube trends are any indication, it looks like the banjo is making another genre shift! A pack of viral videos featuring banjo covers of hard rock classics are making the rounds and proving that banjos can shred just a
Here's What to Know Before Buying an Instrument
Thinking about buying a new instrument? It's a big decision, as an instrument is truly an investment -- especially if you're spending several hundred dollars (or more, for higher-end brands and models) on it. Before making your purchase, you'll want to do some research. But where do you start? With so many brands out there, how do you know which ones are worth the money? What do you really need to ensure years of playing and practicing? We came across a great article over on Donna Schw

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More