Banjo, Hammered Dulcimer and Fiddle Lessons
Banjo Lessons with Brad
I teach adults and children--from beginner to experienced players--how to play clawhammer banjo. In addition to teaching the basics and helping you build your repertoire, I can introduce and help you refine advanced techniques. I can show you how to effectively use slides, hammer-ons, triplets, pull-offs, the bum-ditty, double-thumbing, and the drop-thumb. The tools I teach you will encourage creativity and help you develop your own style. I give lessons in the music studio at my house in Baltimore, MD near the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus in Guilford. I've taught privately for a number of years and at workshops/music camps in Maryland, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. I have a roster of nearly 35 private banjo students but I'm currently accepting more!
Please contact me to set up a lesson! firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-404-9270
Private Lessons Cost and Frequency
Private lessons cost $45 for an hour lesson ($25 for half hour). We schedule private lessons as frequently or infrequently as your budget, our mutual schedules and your learning rate will permit.
Banjo Rentals and Sales
As of the December 2012, I am an official dealer for Gold Tone Banjos. I have access to anything Gold Tone sells. I'll try to beat any competitors prices! I also carry banjo strings, tuners, capos, and Bob Carlin instructional DVDs.
Please send me an email (email@example.com) or call me (410-404-9270) if you would like to order something through me or to set up a time to come to my house and play the instruments. I live in Baltimore City near Johns Hopkins University.
I also rent instruments for $30/month, $20 of which goes towards the purchase of any instrument I sell (any Gold Tone instrument). This is a tremendous deal especially for newer players who are unsure about whether or not that want to purchase an instrument.
Hammered Dulcimer and Fiddle Private & Small Group Lessons with Ken
I am most interested in bringing each student to self-sufficiency as a complete musician. However, there is much to learn so it is important to look at lessons as a journey and not a race! And most important, learning to play should be fun. I do not care how fast or slow you go, but only that you enjoy the journey and, hopefully, are satisfied with your progress. I do like to push things along and keep you moving! I try to teach all the techniques of playing in a context that emphasizes musicality. By the time that you are done with me, you should have a wide variety of technical skills and arranging ideas in your tool chest, as well as a solid understanding of music theory. Don’t let any of this scare you. I take it slowly (well, at least at first). I also very much emphasize learning to play music with others, focusing on accompaniment skills. For fiddle, my prefered style is old-time. While we work on proper technique with both the left and right hands, I focus on a variety bowing systems and ideas (3-1 bowing, Nashville shuffle, bow rocks, ghost bows, anticipations and many other ideas.)
I primarily offer group lessons but also a limited number of private lessons for those not able to participate in group-lessons. Absolutely, no music background is necessary to learn to play. If you already play the dulcimer or fiddle, I almost always like to have a first lesson to evaluate your level prior to group placement.
Private Lessons Cost and Frequency
Private lessons cost $65 for an hour lesson ($35 for half hour). We schedule private lessons as frequently or infrequently as your budget, our mutual schedules and your learning rate will permit. I completely understand that group lessons do not work for everyone but I do encourage all to try it at some point.
Group Lessons Cost and Frequency
Group Fiddle and Hammered Dulcimer Lessons meet approximately every two to three weeks at a regular time (e.g. every other Tuesday at 6:30). I live in the Guilford section of Baltimore near the undergraduate Hopkins campus. We arrange four classes at a time based on everyone’s impossible schedule! Somehow, it generally works out very well! Classes last a minimum of 1 hour but sometimes go over if needed. Classes are usually available for all levels from beginners to advanced to performance level. Students are responsible for contacting other students to obtain music or other details in case they miss a class (i.e., not me!!) However, I often will send out a note as to what to practice, the music needed and so on. Students should call me if you know you are going to miss a class. (If possible, we can sometimes re-arrange the schedule.) And students are always welcome to email or call me if you do not understand something. Cost is $20 per session for groups of 5-6 (six is my limit). For a 4 person group, $25 per; for 3 persons, $30 per; and $35 for a two-person lesson.
Students pay for four sessions at a time and you are responsible for paying for a session even if you know you will miss it. After a session of four classes, you are welcome to bail out of the group. We usually suspend sessions or meet only once a month during the summer and around major holidays. I periodically shift individuals in and out of groups based on learning rates. There are always groups of all levels running.
Depends on my performance schedule but in general, here is what I offer.
Weekdays: Monday - Thursday 8:00 am until 9:30 pm; Friday 8:00 am until 6:00 pm
Weekends: Saturday & Sunday, 8-10, 1-3.
I am a believer in doing whatever it takes to get you going. Typically we use a combination of written music (for fiddle, complete with bowings, and for the HD, detailed examples of arranging ideas), demonstration and recording parts of the lesson. A must: Please bring some sort of recording device--digital voice recorders are super convenient and work great!
Rental instruments (fiddle and hammered dulcimer) are available at $30 per month. You may rent for as long as it is necessary. A portion of the rent ($20 per month) may be applied to the purchase of any instrument that I can get for you (not just the one you are renting). My hammered dulcimers include the full line of Master Works, Dusty Strings, and Songbird instruments. I also have a variety of other instruments including used ones, such the Rick Thum professional.
48 hours notice except for emergencies; students will pay for missed lessons unless cancellation was due to an emergency.