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I'm giving BHO member Skip King (eagleisland) the "9" rating number only because I might meet the "perfect" teacher sometime down the road. But until then, Skip has been my best teacher to date...
Skip teaches Bluegrass Banjo several afternoons a weeks at Buckdancer's Choice music store in Portland, ME. I'm not sure of the exact extent of his schedule, because we were readily able to work out a time. He is flexible in scheduling. Snow, etc. schedule disruptions were accommodated one way or another. I have been playing banjo for either five years or forty years, depending on how you count the 30+ years I didn't pick up the instrument at all; probably the truest assessment would be tend toward the five year (or less,) mark.
So Skip really helped me along during the six months I've taken lessons from him; I had met him several times, and he had noticed a BHO post where I voiced a question about BG rhythm, and the result was getting started with a lesson using that as a starting point. It was productive, so we kept scheduling more until the summer crunch came (on my end,) with a lot of out-of-town travel to mess up a steady lesson schedule.
Skip helped me with a lot more than the (first,) rhythm question we worked on. What is most important, however, is that he taught me in a way that worked for MY learning style; it was definitely not a one dimensional approach. Tabs, playing along shifting leads to vamping back-up, sending TabEdit versions of pieces by email; whatever worked for me, Skip would incorporate it into the lesson structure.
However it worked, I learned quite a bit with Skip, and hope we can continue as the summer fun ends...
Overall Rating: 9
'Gibson Banjo ID' 2 hrs