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Bluegrass (Scruggs) , Clawhammer and Old-Time, Other
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teacher Since: 1964
Pricing: $30/half hour
Listing Created: 11/15/2011
Listing Updated: 3/26/2013
More About Me
I began teaching "professionally" at the Haddonfield Conservatory of Music of Haddonfield, NJ in 1964. I taught folk guitar and banjo during the "Folk Boom" of the 60s in a conservatory largely populated by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and I couldn't even read music then!
I was a budding young bluegrass player, and spent the next 20 years playing in BG bands. After grad school, I found myself in an eclectic band playing guitar and BG style banjo; when our clawhammer player left, I was asked if I could play CH, to which I happily replied "hell yes!".
I married the band's chick singer up front, and when we left the band so I could take a new job, I started playing clawhammer exclusively.
Although I am now best known as a CH player/teacher, I still welcome BG beginners and intermediates.
I currently teach in my store (toll-free 866-365-5189), in my home, and on Skype.
I have a number of YouTube videos, mostly for demonstrating instruments that I have for sale at the store and I also post slow videos of the left hand to help my students or anyone else who is interested. In addition, I have more than 100 MP3s that are available for free download on my store site.
A genuinely really great guy and fantastic smooth clawhammer banjo player. Always ready to share his insights in his posts in a kind yet "mater of fact manner" that will encourage you in getting better. Also has a great music store in NC called "ZEPP Music" ...check it out when you can great selection and great guy! - erikforgod
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