Private Lessons

Growing up, our family business was music and musical education and I have involved with the teaching, starting on ukulele, since I was eleven years old. For over fifteen years I have been giving personal lessons and I love helping folks unlock their unique musical abilities.

Whether you are looking to learn mandolin, acoustic or electric guitar,  banjo, bass, singin or songwriting, I can help you learn by ear, the old fashioned way, with no written material or tablature.

I break down tunes into individual phrases, then teach all the notes to all the licks one-by-one and pickstroke-by-pickstroke, providing all the details to combine the pieces together slowly, then work them up to speed.


Whether it’s learning a blazing instrumental, developing improvising, or just learning the chords to your favorite song, I can help you open the doors to these things and focus in on musical comprehension, ear training, composition, and theory.

From teaching large workshop classes at folk festivals like The Florida Folk Festival, to the week-long Davis-Elkins College Augusta Heritage camp, RockyGrass Academy, and academic settings like Colorado College, I have been teaching all ages from children to seniors for many years. I can help get you going in various styles including bluegrass, old-time, country, folk, blues, basic swing, many styles of rock, and more.

I’d be happy to help you with:

Mandolin, Acoustic or Electric Guitar, Banjo, Bass, and Songwriting


I travel quite a bit, so if you would like lessons in person, there’s a chance I might be in your neck of the woods.  If you’re interested in Skype or FaceTime lessons, I am happy to help with that too.

If you’re interested, please contact me by email or telephone:

  • Phone: 615-495-6835