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Brian Lee Bauer

St. Louis, MO, USA

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Teaches Lessons: Online, In Person

Styles: Classic, Classical, Clawhammer and Old-Time, Minstrel (Stroke Style), Other, Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Teacher Since: 1991

Pricing: I accept cash, PayPal, or your first born child

Listing Created: 3/31/2013
Listing Updated: 11/19/2018

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25+ years of performing, 20+ years teaching:

At the moment, my rates are $35 for 60 minutes and I am available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

I'm comfortable with:  Facetime, Skype, in house lessons, any age, most abilities, and attitudes and ALL PayPal transactions.  

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At a young age, Brian Lee Bauer was introduced to music by his grandfather who encouraged him to explore the ukulele, piano, and guitar.  In 1996, he earned a woodwind scholarship to the University of Missouri, St. Louis.  Bauer became more interested in singing and songwriting while on campus and began drafting original songs while earning a psychology degree and working intermittently as a fine dining table jockey, a garbage man, an activities specialist, a door-to-door salesman, an entertainer, and a volunteer at a suicide prevention hotline.  In 2007, Bauer co-founded the gothic Americana rock band, Strawfoot.  His songwriting, vocals, and contributions on the 5-string banjo to the band's second album, "How We Prospered", were characterized as a "relentless...growling, flint-eyed highlight" by the Riverfront Times in 2009.

Brian Lee Bauer teaches banjo, ukulele, guitar, saxophone, clarinet, and piano.  He often performs as a solo act and with his band, River Despair.  Bauer currently studies both banjo and vocals at ArtistWorks' Academy of Bluegrass while also undertaking studies at Maryville University.  By 2017, he aims to complete his board certification as a music therapist.  Bauer is passionately dedicated to educating others, customizing their music learning experience, utilizing the Oxford comma, and perfecting the art of creative writing in the third person.

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I needed something to fill in my retirement time. I started clawhammer lessons with Brian twelve months ago (in mid March '15), as a beginner. He has brought me through the various skills (hammer ons, pull offs, slides, etc.), and into drop thumb and double thumbing before Christmas. Hour lessons with flexible schedules present new tunes and material, and seem to go by quickly. If you are looking for a banjo teacher, I would definitely recommend him.​

Mike McGraw 3/5/16

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I started lessons with Brian November 2015. I started playing about a year before that and felt I needed to focus on something that I liked. After my first Skype conversation with Brian he suggested "Clawhammer Style Banjo" by Ken Perlman. This is perfect for me, I like the style and the music and will keep me busy for years to come,(I'm retired). Brian is very personable and helpful and reasonably priced. You defiantly get your moneys worth and would highly recommend him. - egrowe3

My 12 year old boy and 14 year old girl started with Brian about a year ago. They had zero interest in music and did not play anything. I can say without a doubt in 1 year that they both sound amazing and I cannot be any happier with the quality of the instruction and the results of that instruction. I definitely recommend Brian for any type of lesson that he offers. You will get your money's worth and then some out of it. - iusedtobcool

I live in Australia and have been taking skype banjo lessons from Brian since about January 2016. Despite the time differences, Brian has been very accommodating and easy to communicate with. We initially focused on bluegrass style, but have now stuck with clawhammer. Brian carries the qualities of a good music teacher:
-He has a friendly and encouraging teaching style.
- He can explain concepts and instructions in a way that is easily understood.
- He is attuned to your level of ability and will adjust the lessons to your needs.
- He has an ear, even through skype, for being able to pick up whether you are striking/picking/holding the banjo incorrectly and will correct you as required.
- He is knowledgeable on the history and music associated with the banjo.
I have learnt a lot from Brian's lessons and would highly recommend him.

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