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Paul is a phenomenal teacher and all around great guy. I've been taking lessons with him for almost three years now and gone from not being able to play a single chord to playing banjo in my own bluegrass band. As my skill with the banjo has progressed, the complexity of our lessons have also progressed. I still feel like I get as much out of a lesson after 3 years as I did in the first months.
Lessons are fun and laid back. Topics range from diving into the weeds on particular songs or techniques to general conversations about music theory and how chords/scales fit together on the banjo. Paul usually comes to our lessons with a plan for what we will cover but is always receptive if there's a topic or song that I'm interested in discussing instead. Often our lessons end with us just jamming which is a lot of fun.
Paul is also very connected with the music community in Ithaca, he's introduced me to some great people to play with and tipped me off to some shows I wouldn't have otherwise known about.
Overall I would highly recommend Paul as a teacher to anyone in the Ithaca area looking to improve their banjo playing, regardless of skill level.
Overall Rating: 10
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