Teaches Lessons: Online, In Person
Styles: Bluegrass (Scruggs)
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teacher Since: 1987
Listing Created: 11/18/2011
Listing Updated: 9/17/2015
I have been a student of Richie's for several years now, so I feel I can comment on him as a teacher. The tidewater area is extremely lucky in having him here. Many here play banjo well, but don't teach.
I (and my husband) have learned so much from him. Since I an not a natural musician and had to start pretty much from scratch, Richie had quite a task ahead of him. He has been the most patient and pleasant teacher-full of musical knowledge and how to convey it to students. My husband and I feel we know a great deal about what we are supposed to do. It's up to us to do it. Richie plays like a dream, and teaches like one too. We are very fortunate and hope he never stops. - cewehere
I highly recommend Richie Dotson as an instructor. whether you are a beginner who is just getting started, or a more seasoned player looking to learning different styles.
Richie's approach is a mixed learning style consisting of listening to the songs, tabs, theory and a video visual approach. He explains potentially complicated pieces in ways that are very easy to understand and gives students the theory needed to not be "handcuffed" to tab.
I like his teaching style a lot, and he's a great guy to boot. - Smelly Old Gibby
I've known Richie for several years now and continue to be impressed with his teaching abilities. There are lots of great banjo players out there, but not many that can teach. Richie has the unique gift of being able to communicate in a way that makes the most seemingly complicated things appear simple. Whether it's music theory or just learning a new lick he has the ability to connect the dots. On top of that, he's one of the nicest, most encouraging people you will meet. I couldn't ask for a better or more qualified teacher. - banjoball
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