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Jim Penson

Arlington, TX, USA

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Teaches Lessons: In Person

Styles: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Teacher Since: 1980

Pricing: 40/hr, or 12 lessons for 360.00

Listing Created: 3/18/2013
Listing Updated: 3/18/2013

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My teaching style is very relaxed, and student driven. A typical session consists of the student showing me what they have learned over the last week, me asking them what they want to do next, followed by me publishing the tablature and sound file for the next piece to work on in HTML on the students website. I specialize in beginners. In fact, nearly all my students are beginners.

My influences are Earl Scruggs, the father of modern 3 finger style 5 string bluegrass banjo playing, Douglas Dillard, Ralph Stanley, Don Reno, and Alan Munde, with a focus on Dillard's unique combination of Don Reno and Scruggs elements.

I currently play and record with Full House Bluegrass out of Aledo, Texas.

A link to my teaching site:


Hi, Jim -
Do you have any Scruggs-style banjo students who may like to enter the 2017 Texas State Banjo Championships being held on Sat Aug 5th?
1st Place = $500 + entry to Nationals & Festival in Winfield
2nd Place = $350
3rd Place = $200
Details are at this link =>
Online Registration & Rules are on Contest Page at
Location is in center of state at
Please pass the word along to anyone you think maybe interested.

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