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
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
Most of my students have a weekly time slot. To set up a weekly
time slot you need to Contact Me.
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 arent
sure if you are ready for weekly lessons, or you just want
to see if Im the right teacher for you. To look for
an open spot you can go to my Schedule
a Lesson page.
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.