Teaches Lessons: In Person
Styles: Bluegrass (Scruggs)
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teacher Since: 1984
Pricing: $25.00 for a hour lesson
Listing Created: 2/5/2014
Listing Updated: 10/21/2017
Started playing banjo in 1979, but I had played guitar off and on since grade school. I got the banjo bug when I saw Earl on stage for the first time.
I have played in several regional bands and started informally teaching at festivals to answer the question "How did you play that" after our shows. That led to conducting Banjo Workshops at festivals and then structured lessons. I usually charge $25.00 for an hour to a hour and a half lesson. If the student doesn't feel the first lesson is not worth the money, they owe me nothing. I am not interested in a job, but in pursuing my advocation of sharing the love of the banjo and bluegrass music. Being able to help someone progress to the point where they can play with other musicians genuinely makes me feel good, not to mention meeting a lot of great people along the way.
I also found that many students had banjos needing repair or set-up work. Although I had worked on my instruments and those of our band members I decided to study the craft as another way to participate in music. This way I make sure every student had a playable banjo to learn with and never pays a lot of money for work that may not be necessary. If the student is interested, I will also show them how to work on their banjo as well.
I believe it is the teacher's responsibility to determine how the student learns, and adjust their teaching style accordingly. This plays a significant part in making the students comfortable and realize they CAN learn to play the banjo. I also like to teach the students a few mandolin/guitar/dobro/bass and fiddle player jokes just in case the need rises. AS they progress I will play guitar or mandolin with the student to get them comfortable hearing themselves play a song in a real world situation.
Never give up on your dreams. It is never too late to learn
I highly recommend Bob as a teacher and luthier. He is genuine and teaching is a passion for him. He is main goal is that the student learns and not just making money. He lessons are informative and do not have the "assembly line" in and out feel that sometimes can happen with certain teachers. You will have fun and learn at the same time!
Tom Castello (Tacotommy) - tacotommy
I also highly recommend Bob as both a experienced teacher and master luthier. As a beginner, Bob is giving me a strong foundation in basic techniques, helping me develop good timing, teaching me licks, and showing me how to put it all together to make each song my own. He does all that while making it fun and very informative. Bob is also getting me used to jamming with others by playing alongside me on the songs that I am learning.
As a luthier, Bob has worked on my banjo and can't begin to tell you how much better it sounds! He's really a master at both teaching and as a luthier. Give Bob a call. You won't be disappointed! - amac
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