Jack Tuttle
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All About Lessons

Where I Teach

As of March 2020, I teach all lessons online, via Zoom, FaceTime and Skype.

With the current state of affairs, I've moved all of my lessons to online. I'm using Zoom, FaceTime and Skype. It's working pretty well, and I'm enjoying the challenge of figuring out how to get the most out of online lessons. Luckily, I have tons of written material that can be digitized, tons of mp3s for students and can easily make one-off backing tracks for students to play along with. So it's got me with my head back in the lesson production business, just with an all new focus!

During more normal times, I teach at Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto, California. Very cool, one-of-a-kind store - we're very lucky to have a store like this around here. Gryphon is located at 211 Lambert Avenue (corner of Park and Lambert). Directions are here or call 650-493-2131. It's very close to the Palo Alto Fry's Electronics.

What I Charge
Half hour lessons cost $50. I teach every range, from beginner to advanced. I teach 6 days a week (Mon - Sat) and start as early as 10:30 AM and go as late as 8 PM. I do require a 24 hour notice for cancellation - less than that and sorry, but you're still charged. Group lesson charges vary by the class, but are usually $190 for a eight-week, one hour class. For payment, I take cash, Venmo (no fees!), Google Wallet (no fees!), Apple Pay Cash (no fees!), checks, PayPal (prefer the "send a friend" option (no fees!).

What I Teach
I teach Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, String Bass and Bluegrass Vocals. Click on the link to get details on how I teach your instrument of choice.

What You Should Expect at Your First Lesson
The question I get asked most often is "What should I bring to the first lesson?" I have a whole page to answer that and other "first lesson" type qustions. You can go to the First Lesson page, then there is a link to come right back here.

The Best Way To Improve
What is the best way to improve your playing? Lessons and feedback help a lot. However, there are some basic things that you can work on every day. Go to my Helpful Tips page.

Weekly Lessons
Most of my students have a weekly time slot. To set up a weekly time slot you need to Contact Me.

Single Lessons
If you are just beginning to play, then setting up a single lesson could be the best way to get started, but anyone can take random lessons. This may be the best fit if you don't have enough time to commit to weekly lessons or if you have just a few questions you want answered, if you aren’t sure if you are ready for weekly lessons, or you just want to see if I’m the right teacher for you. To look for an open spot you can go to my Schedule a Lesson page.

Group Lessons
I have a variety of group lessons that I occasionally give, from beginner level to advanced. Usually they are hour-long classes that run for 8 weeks, but sometimes I do a special one-day workshop. You can visit my Group Lessons page to see the upcoming classes.

Who Takes Lessons From Me?
My students come from Palo Alto, Mountain View, Menlo Park, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Los Altos, Lost Gatos, Redwood City, San Mateo, Woodside, Fremont, Hayward, Burlingame - all over Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and sometimes from farther away. But as traffic has gotten heavier, the range has decreased. I do have students from the East Bay and San Francisco, though usually not on a weekly basis. I teach all levels from beginning to advanced.

Updated March 22, 2020