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I am a professional banjo player who works for the iconic Bluegrass musician, Larry Sparks. I offer online lessons as well and always enjoy meeting new students and passing on what I have learned. I went to college at East Tennessee State University and earned my degree in Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country music studies. I now travel around the country performing the music that I love and furthering the influence of my Appalachian heritage.
I tailor my lessons to fit each students' desires, whether they are looking to learn clawhammer banjo, scruggs style banjo, or even guitar. We will meet over Skype or Zoom for a thirty minute lesson, during which I will teach you a song or give you some tips and tricks to further your own playing. Music should always be fun so I try to make sure that is always the point of playing the banjo or guitar through my lessons. My lessons are also non-expirable so if you are not able to do a lesson one week, then you do not lose that lesson. It will still be waiting for you whenever you are able. This allows you to learn at your own pace and comfort.
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Some Supplies You Might Need
You will only need your banjo, a tuner, and a computer. Any additional supplies, such as an instructional book are only optional
*TRAIN is a free service offered by the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities, which receives no proceeds from instruction. Our mission is to connect artists directly with students, and all instructional arrangements and financial agreements are made exclusively between the artists and the students. The Virginia Folklife Program does not assume responsibility or liability for these arrangements.