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Dave Jakubiak Teacher Reviews

Submitted by Fly Low (see all reviews from this person) on 11/23/2010

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fretmentor.com continues to improve and has come up with an excellent collection of Christmas songs for the guitar, banjo and mandolin which can be downloaded in the Tef format allowing for listening in MIDI and playing along with the great tabs provided. This is exactly what I needed for the upcoming Holiday Season. I highly recommend everyone check it out.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by OutlawSteph (see all reviews from this person) on 1/10/2008

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I've been taking lessons from Dave for over three months. First I took a group lesson in beginner banjo through the Palm Beach County community education program, which is a very good program if you are just starting out on banjo as your first instrument. I wanted to learn more, so I signed up for private lessons.

Dave is an excellent instructor in many ways. He's helping me break bad habits that I've developed by teaching myself on banjo (and guitar) such as issues with timing, technique and dynamics. Dave is great with telling what your weaknesses are so you know what to practice for the rest of the week. I have found that many instructors cannot, or will not, be critical in that way towards their students, and it does not help you to not have that criticism.

He has written instructional cd-roms but is also open to teaching songs you would like to learn. We're working on some JD Crowe right now.

Dave has real life experience as a banjo player as well, so he can help with the skills you need to play with other musicians. I am also taking another group lesson that he gives to do just that, as well as continuing with private instruction. Again, I have found that many other teachers are bedroom players and cannot help you with this.

Dave is hightly recommended by me for all Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast students. He's a bluegrass/acoustic music enthusiast in an area of the country where those values are in short supply. He has a cool dog too. ;)

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by voodoo_chilly (see all reviews from this person) on 10/22/2007

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I've been taking banjo lessons from Dave Jakubiak since I started playing (Dec 2004). Dave has an incredible knowledge of music theory, which has led me to pursue other musical genres instead of just bluegrass. Although one could learn music theory from a book, or on-line sites, Dave has taught me numerous ways to remember different theory based on the layout of the banjo. Playing major, minor, pentatonic (etc etc) scales out of the three chord "shapes" and recognizing patterns from playing out of these chord shapes has helped me immensely. To keep it all interesting, Dave throws in songs to learn based on the theory I am learning. He also stresses backup playing since that is what you will be playing primarily in a group setting. I take private lessons from Dave, but he also teaches a group class. I highly recommend Dave as a banjo instructor (he also teaches guitar and I beleive he teaches mandolin as well).

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by martinezgf (see all reviews from this person) on 10/22/2007

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Excellent instructor that works hard to make sure every lesson counts.
Has a good feel for when to push and demand more from the student and when to encourage and keep it fun. Well versed in music theory and will not settle for teaching one to play a repertoire of songs from wrote memory. His instructional C/D’s, which are based on actual recorded material, are an excellent learning tool. The material is presented as both a single instrument; banjo, mandolin or guitar, as well as duet combinations, up to tempo and half speed. This makes the material suitable for beginning through intermediate students. Unlike other instructors, Dave never “overbooks” and when you schedule a lesson, you can count on starting on time. At the same time, he is very accommodating and willing to work around shifting work schedules and personal issues to schedule lessons. The rates are consistent with other private instructions that I have taken in the past.

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by umfan3981 (see all reviews from this person) on 10/20/2007

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When I got the bug to learn the banjo, two very fortunate things happened. I found the Banjo Hangout, and through the Hangout I found Dave Jakubiak.

Lots of good players offer lessons, but not all can teach. Dave has the rare gift of being able to both teach and play, and he does both well. I had some musical education as a kid, and tried to teach myself guitar. Since starting with Dave a few months back, I have learned more about music theory and its practical application than I could have stumbled across in years of aimless self study. He is helping me learn both the music and the instrument, and I know I will be a better player for it. I've got a long way to go before anyone will mistake me for a banjo picker, but I'm on the right road, with a plan. I know what I'm supposed to be doing, and why, and that's what a good instructor does for you. With practice on my part, I will have the skills to get there.

Once I'm a little farther down the road with the banjo, I'll work with Dave to fill in the holes in my guitar playing that I never would have figured out on my own.

I believe that whatever your skill level, Dave can help you be a better musician. He has the patience and teaching ability to get the beginner started with confidence, and the knowledge and skill to help the experienced player better understand both music and technique.

Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

Best regards,
Chris Kinzel / umfan3981

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by BadMojo (see all reviews from this person) on 10/18/2007

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Amazing teacher with amazing talents. Great patience and a superior game plan. He has all of his own materials they are nicely organized on DVDs for you to take home and print out. He has really gone out of his way for me. Before I even took one class with him he placed countless calls to get pricing for banjos for me and answer every question I had. He is top notch, so if you are in the Jupiter Florida area I would give him a shout for a fact. His phone number is 561-309-8616.

His BHO link is http://www.banjohangout.org/myhangout/home.asp?id=7016

Overall Rating: 10

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