Teaches Lessons: Online, In Person
Styles: Bluegrass (Scruggs)
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teacher Since: 1971
Pricing: 60.00 per hour- In person encouraged
Listing Created: 9/12/2016
Listing Updated: 9/27/2017
My name is Jeff Whittington. I grew up in Charlotte, N.C.
and begin playing the banjo in 1969. I was very lucky and
met Garland Shuping who was teaching banjo and vocals
at the time. Garland took me under his wing and I began
playing bass fiddle in a band or two that he was involved
with. Garland taught me all that he could and left the area
to play with the Bluegrass Alliance and Jim and Jesse.
I stepped up to the banjo position in the local bands and
teaching banjo in Charlotte.
That led to playing the Grand Ole Opry and Ernest Tubb
Midnight Jamboree. This led to a job as a
staff musician on the ( Dueling Banjos ) Arthur Smith T.V.
Show. I began playing the pedal steel in 1972 and along
the way added the guitar, mandolin, dobro, hammer
dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, harmonica, etc. and
used this variety to establish myself as a session musician in the
the Charlotte area.
My brother and I went to hear the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in
1972 and ended up jamming with John McKuen on several
occasions. He asked me to show him quite a few licks that
J.D. Crowe used with Jimmy Martin on songs like Walkin
Shoes and others. He was preparing for a project later to
become the Will the Circle be unbroken album. John in
turn showed me some classical banjo. Great times !!
I now do a one man show around the Charlotte area using
the instrumentation above. I am fortunate to do about 140
presentations a year for all types of functions.
I recently dropped some instruments at John Boulding's
shop. He convinced me that I should be teaching and so,
I will be doing some instruction via Skype and in person. In person seems to be the best when possible.
The method I will use is the way I learned; quick, concise,
and to the point. No gimmicks, just the fastest way to get
you up and running. So many instructors miss the fundamentals of good solid knowledge of the right and left hand.
Earl Scruggs brought many of us to the banjo. Later came
the driving styles of Crowe, Dillard, Emerson and the great
pickers of the 2nd generation. That is the style that I play the most.
Earl Scruggs foundation with added syncopation and drive.
I look forward to helping you in your journey with the
My best ability as a teacher is helping you learn how to teach yourself. That is the true secret of learning how to play what you desire.
Please check out my sample videos on YouTube.
Jeff Whittington Demo ( 1 thru ?- posting each day ).
Jeff can wear out any instrument he picks up (makes me mad,lol) and is a super cool guy to boot. I hope folks take advantage of the opportunity to take lessons. - Banjophobic
Thank you John for encouraging me to begin teaching again. I will be posting some more songs that will be featured in my lesson plans.
Thanks again John !! - Jeff Whittington
Jeff is one of the banjo greats and a fantastic teacher. He listens and has great insight into what a student is missing. Well worth one or many lessons! - JohnWaters
Jeff is a excellent teacher. Gives great advice and instructions on how to get the most drive and sound from the banjo. Looking forward to his Skype banjo lessons. - br1
I'm a complete beginner and I took an online lesson with Jeff and learned more in an hour than in months of fooling around with books and YouTube. He analyzed what I had already learned and then corrected some bad habits that I had already developed, and gave me a ton of homework until next time! Jeff is a very effective teacher and great guy. I would encourage anyone to give him a try, I think you'll be satisfied! -Matt (flyinbanjos) - flyinbanjos
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