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I'm going to second OldTimeyTunes. I have not had the pleasure of having Janet close enough geographically so that I could take lessons from her, but I have attended almost all of her sessions at Midwest Banjo Camp since I began attending in 2011 (one month after I got a banjo!).
Janet is encouraging, warm and friendly in her approach. You feel comfortable right away! She is also very knowledgable and skillful -- she has great ideas and great teaching skills (just knowing how to do something doesn't mean one can teach that something!).
She encourages people to try something new, but without lots of pressure -- so when you are *ready*, you forge ahead.
If you have the chance to take lessons, or a workshop, from Janet -- do so! You won't regret it!
Overall Rating: 10
Janet is an excellent teacher. Once you meet her she seems like an old friend right away. I've only been taking lessons for a month with her, and she has already got me playing pretty darn good. I like her method of teaching, because she leads you into the important aspects of banjo like vamping, creating your own breaks, how to play good backup rolls, ways to advance beyond beginner arrangements, etc, and she does it in a way that gets you there befire you even realize it. I would recommend Janet to anyone looking for a Banjo Teacher in the San Diego area. the music store is on university ave and its called Old Time Music
Overall Rating: 9
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