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I took lessons with Victor for right around a year, maybe 11 months or so. He is a great teacher. I started off as a total beginner and I hadn't played an instrument before. He is very patient and relaxed and his explanations and demonstrations were clear and concise. He told a lot of joke and had a lot of funny anecdotes about the banjo players we were studying. I always found the lessons to be very enjoyable and fun. I looked forward to my lesson every week. At the time I stopped taking lessons, he had me playing full songs and backup. Unfortunately I had to move. I really can't recommend taking lessons from Victor enough!
Overall Rating: 9
I took lessons from Victor some years ago. The lessons were very good, and provided a firm, basic, knowledge of traditional style bluegrass. Victor was a teacher with a relaxing, soothing, laid back personality. His explanation is straightforward and clear, and he will help you learn any song you are interested in, or any topic you choose, as well as offering a good curiculum complete with tablature if you are not looking so much to be self directed. He can answer just about any music theory question too. The lessons served me very well, and I have gotten to the point of being able to play in local bands. Highly reccomend this teacher!
Overall Rating: 10
I have been taking banjo lessons from Victor for over two years. He is patient and kind, and tremendously talented and knowledgeable. I had never even picked up a guitar before, let along a 5 string, left-handed banjo. (The sum total of my musical experience was grade-school clarinet!) But Victor has brought me a long way, both in terms of skill and learning, and also in terms of confidence. Victor has a very calm and down-to-earth style, which I greatly appreciate. On top of being a great teacher, his lessons are really affordable. I really look forward to my "happy time" every week -- playing the banjo with Victor.
Overall Rating: 10
Now I admit, I learned a lot from Victor. He is very driven and focused. However, I always felt like he was bored or pissy during our lessons. If I didn't get something right away, he got impatient and gave me a little attitude. I let it go for a while because he was pushing me so hard, but in the end, I couldn't take it anymore and ended up quitting banjo entirely.
Overall Rating: 3
'Easy Resonator' 1 hr