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My 10-year old daughter wants to learn to play the banjo (more
specifically, she wants to be the next Earl Scruggs). I admire the
ambition, but haven't seen any listings for this. Can anyone recommend a
good, patient teacher, preferably in North Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito or
Kensington (and/or willing to make house calls)?
I would suggest you contact Chad Manning (www.chadmanning.com) or his wife, Catherine
Manning (cathmanning[at]sbcglobal.net). He is an accomplished musician and teaches
adults on the fiddle, guitar and mandolin. I imagine he may teach the banjo too but
if he doesn't, I''m sure he could direct you to someone who may. Catherine teaches
children the fiddle! Chad plays with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and with
other bands around here as well. They are in El Cerrito.
fiddle (and banjo!) fan mama
I know two excellent 5 string banjo players well versed various Bluegrass banjo styles
and grounded in Scruggs style. I've been in bands with both and they are great
musicians. They are patient and highly experienced teachers of all ages. Avram Siegal
in Berkeley can be reached at 510 845 7310 and Bill Evans in Albany can be reached at
510 528 1924.
Bill Evans in Albany. bevans
looking for banjo lessons. a woman would be great! never played before but
ready to learn. berkeley or oakland area. Contact lyn
My boyfriend plays banjo, and is getting quite good! His
teacher is Bill Evans in Albany. My bf's been very happy with
Bill Evans' website : nativeandfine.com
The bf describes Bill as
''a very good teacher, professional, thorough, organized''
a little expensive, but definitely worth it.
$70 / hour
can also do 1/2 hour sessions
Another option is through 5th String at Ashby and Adeline.
$50 per hour lessons through 5th String
Hope this helps! Ba-da-ding-ding ding-ding ding-ding-ding...
I am looking for a banjo teacher for an adult beginner. I found
a good recommendation for a teacher in Albany from the website,
but would prefer someone a little closer to home (Walnut Creek)
if anyone knows of a teacher in the *east* East Bay. Thanks!
I recommend Adam Lipansky, who was actually mentioned in the
last Digest for guitar teacher. He teaches guitar, bass, banjo,
mandolin, etc. He has his degree from the Berklee College of
Music in Boston (great Jazz school) and specializes in music
theory and playing, ie, play what you want to play, but
understand what you are playing and why, be able to improvise
with friends, etc. He can be reached at alipansky AT yahoo.com.
You can also check out one of his funk bands website w/bio's
etc at funkylittleshack.com. I believe he also has an email
through this site as well. Enjoy playing!
Can anybody recommend a banjo teacher for a total beginner?
Bill Evans teaches banjo from his home studio in Albany.
Bill is a nationally known banjo performer and scholar,
and teaches all levels of students. I started with him
as a beginner and he is great. Contact him through his
website, www.nativeandfine.com or billevansplaysbanjo.com
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