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Bob Altschuler

Delmar (near Albany), NY, USA

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Teaches Lessons: In Person

Styles: Bluegrass (Scruggs) , Other

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Teacher Since: 1976

Pricing: $70 per lesson-1 1/4 hrs plus

Listing Created: 11/16/2011
Listing Updated: 7/15/2019

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Bob has played and taught banjo for over 40 years, and is a performer, instructor and writer.

An in-demand teacher, he has headed the Banjo Camp North beginner track since 2003, has many private students and presents banjo workshops. He teaches at the Wernick Bluegrass Camp in Lake George, NY, and is a certified Wernick Method jam instructor.

Bob has written over 100 online instructional articles (including many for Mel Bay Banjo Sessions) and has articles published in Banjo Newsletter. The May 2011 issue of Banjo Newsletter showcased Bob, and Gene Senyak’s 2008 book, Banjo Camp!, which includes many top players, has a workshop chapter by Bob. His playing has been heard on National Public Radio and on radio and TV commercials.

Bob has played in numerous bands since the 1970s, and he presently plays and records with Thirteen Feet of Bluegrass, Three Quarter North and Shine Hill Road.

Contact Bob at, on the phone at 518-227-3864

From Bob's bio on the Banjo Camp North website-"Tailored instruction, patience, humor and going the extra mile to help students learn are hallmarks of his very popular teaching style."

Here is what some of Bob's students have said-

"Bob is one of the best teachers of any kind I've ever had. Unlike some professional banjo players who can't teach, he is a superb evangelist for the instrument."
JH, Albany. NY

"You’re able to combine extraordinary talent with compassionate regard for the beginning student-- a rare quality. I really appreciate having an instructor like you, who can play really well and is a wonderful teacher at the same time. This combination is not very common."
LH, Montreal, Canada

"While Bob's knowledge and experience are evident, his ability to inspire and just have fun are what keeps me going back."
LM, Saratoga Springs, NY

"I've taken lessons from Bob for two years and he has helped my learning curve an amazing amount. One of the best things about learning from Bob has been that he has taught me how to play the banjo, not how to play tab."
BH, Albany, NY

"I've been taking lessons with Bob and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone interested in taking a beginner - advanced lesson. Over the years I've taken lessons from others and have never once learned as much as I did the first time I sat down with Bob. Bob's knowledge of the banjo and music theory combined with patience and devotion make him an ideal teacher."
TA, Albany, NY

"... you have a natural gift for teaching banjo to a person of any age..."
DL, Pine Bluffs, Wyoming

"Bob also makes the basics fun. The subject matter and level of expertise are always spot on, and his hand-out materials still hold a place in my library. I would recommend Bob to aspiring 5-string bluegrass banjo players."
DA, New York, New York

Please check out more feedback about Bob in the Banjo Hangout teacher reviews.

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