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Jack Baker Teacher Reviews

Submitted by yuppers (see all reviews from this person) on 11/10/2013

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I loved learning from Jack! His lessons after work were always my therapy. I took lessons from him, starting from nothing, for a little over a year. Jack is patient, kind, funny, and very talents. I was really looking for a friend and a mentor and got both. He treats his students like family and makes sure they have as much fun as possible.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by kmwaters (see all reviews from this person) on 2/13/2013

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I don't have the luxury of being geographically close to Jack, but if I were I don't think I would go anywhere else. This man is not only a musician and fine author of tablature, but a true dedicated professional. Fortunately I have become familiar with Jack through email communication and the study of his tabs in BHO. The real deal, as they say. I cannot imagine failing to climb the learning curve under his tutelage. And I know what treading water feels like even in the presence of so-called professional instruction.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Majorjer (see all reviews from this person) on 9/12/2011

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Where does one go for the very best all around tablature to learn from and WHO, is also a gr8 musician, and has the banjo community as the center of his continual efforts. None other than the famous Jack Baker. Jack is an all around banjo players' icon. For many years, he has continued to a contributor to all aspects of our beloved instrument. The very first piece i ever tried was transcribed faithfully by jack. As far as i'm concerned, he IS the master. Just check the credits on Tabledit and you'll see his name. Others pale by comparison. Kudos to Jack.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by ihart8 (see all reviews from this person) on 9/29/2010

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I've been taking lessons with Jack for about 10 months now, and he has been tremendously helpful. I have a little bit of background with guitar, so coming to the banjo wasn't a completely foreign experience, but I didn't realize just how different an animal it was until I started with Jack. After just the first week, I felt like I had graduated from a total dilettante to someone who actually knew how to play a bit of bluegrass.

Jack's tab collection is immense and perfectly transcribed, so you'll be learning the canon, and learning it right. Lessons are stress-free, but he'll immediately pick up anything you're doing wrong and help you fix it before it becomes a bad habit. And he'll often back you up on banjo or guitar, which is both fun and beneficial-- jamming is a totally different experience from picking in solitude, and Jack makes sure you get it. To boot, I don't think I've ever had a lesson that did not include some humorous and/or informative anecdote involving such banjo greats as Earl Scruggs and Ralph Stanley!

First rate guy, first rate teacher. If you are in NYC, track him down- you won't be disappointed!

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by stevieg (see all reviews from this person) on 6/4/2009

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I have been getting lessons on bluegrass banjo from Jack Baker for 5 years now and have become a “decent” picker. Jack’s method is simple: the focus is on learning songs. Jack uses his enormous library of perfectly tabbed-out songs by all the greats to work meticulously on technique and accuracy. His accompaniment on guitar (or banjo) is a very enjoyable way to learn timing, which Jack also emphasizes as critically important. Sometimes, the best part of the lesson is just jamming with Jack. It’s a great way to perfect timing and it encourages memorization of the songs.

From the beginning, I practiced about 3 - 4 hours per week (and still do) plus a ½ hour lesson with Jack. Within 1 year I was making music and had a repertoire of over a dozen (easy) songs. Now, my repertoire has expanded to about 50 songs and I am playing some challenging pieces pretty much at speed. With Jack’s help, I also learned to use my “ear” (and some software) to transcribe from recorded music and to tab.

I am extremely satisfied with my “Jack Baker Experience”; he’s a great teacher, and I eagerly look forward to year 6. Most importantly, I love playing my banjo more than ever! I'm 63 years old and only wish I started playing 50 instead of just 5 years ago.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by slowdeath (see all reviews from this person) on 10/13/2008

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I don't know where i would be without Jack Baker. I have been taking a weekly lesson with him for 8 months now and he has me playing stuff i though it would take years to be able to do. He has been teaching for over 30 years professionally in NYC. You come in, he evaluates your playing and then starts giving you pieces that are appropriate to your level. He is subtle in his style, but he will catch any bad habit you are starting to get into before its too late. I have a degree in songwriting from one of the best music institutions in the world, so i have had a lot of various music teachers. Jack is among the best I've seen. Go take a lesson with him if you are in the NYC area and I promise you won't regret it.

Overall Rating: 10

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