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Phill Gibson

Huntsville, AL, USA

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Teaches Lessons: In Person

Styles: Bluegrass (Scruggs) , Other

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Teacher Since: 2007

Pricing: 25.00 per lesson

Listing Created: 11/15/2011
Listing Updated: 8/5/2021

More About Me

I teach either online with Zoom or from my home in southeast Huntsville (about 2 miles south of the old Grissom High if you know where that is) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 5:00 and 8:30. I'm 64 and I've been playing banjo, mandolin, guitar, and dulcimer since about 1977; been teaching banjo formally for the past 15 years or so. Occasionally, I also teach bluegrass mandolin and beginning Bluegrass guitar as well.

I charge $25 per 30-minute lesson, which is usually weekly, but doesn't have to be. I don't charge for missed lessons, and busy schedules aren't a problem; I know we are all very busy, and sometimes (rarely) I also have to cancel.

I teach both Scruggs and Melodic banjo styles, plus the basics of clawhammer and 2-finger styles, and where you can apply those styles to good effect. Beginning students usually start with Scruggs style and I usually start new students with "Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo" which is the most popular method.

I've been told I am a very patient teacher and I do work with younger children (down to 6) with a modified version of Scruggs style as well. I usually start with learning tablature, with the goal of eventually learning to play by ear and/or improvising.

An added benefit of learning the banjo is the fact that the same techniques used to learn the banjo (or mandolin or guitar for that matter) can be applied in general to success at anything. We discuss these similarities and their general applications quite often in my lessons.

You can also visit my website at to find out more. I also have a banjo blog at


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