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
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
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. - RKMIII
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