Private Banjo, Guitar and Mandolin Lessons with Eddie Collins
Eddie Collins has taught private music lessons for over 35 years and is nationally considered one of the premiere instructors in the field of bluegrass. He currently teaches in both North and South Austin, specializing in 3-finger style picking on 5-string banjo, flatpick and country blues guitar, and bluegrass mandolin. The following is a description of his teaching and current availability:
The best way to learn is to commit to a weekly half-hour lesson, which is $40.00. Lessons are designed for the student to try and practice 1/2 hour a day. If you have less time, just lower your expectations as to how quickly you will learn. As a beginner, the important thing is to pick up the instrument every day. People who already play or have played other stringed instruments will usually progress more quickly and sometimes switch to longer lessons or a more varied schedule (i.e., 45 minutes every other week).
My teaching is based on directing students to learn by ear, where I demonstrate how to do it and you copy that. As we continue, I intersperse music theory to help you understand what you are doing and to better allow you to play with other people. Most lessons are broken into units where we work on one concept for several lessons in a row. I use a tablature system (instead of note reading) to begin. The books used include CDs that allow you to hear things as you learn them and play along. A digital recording device or taking avideo with your cell phone can be used for any tune or concept not covered in the books. I have been teaching for many years and am very dedicated to the profession. I will be glad to help you in any way I can, whether it be through direct teaching or informing you of special events such as beneficial workshops.
I teach Mondays and Tuesdays from my home in North Austin from Noon – 9 PM and on Thursdays and Saturdays from 11AM – 6PM at South Austin Music (1402 S. Lamar). My schedule is fairly full, teaching 30+ students a week, but do have openings. If I don’t have an opening to match your schedule, you can still get started through filling in during cancellations and then move into a desired time slot once such an opening occurs. Let me know what possible times work for you and I will try my best to find a time that matches your needs.
If you are a beginning student, it is a good idea to go ahead and get a copy of the appropriate book: Basics of Bluegrass Banjo (…and a Whole lot More!), Bluegrass Mandolin ASAP, or Bluegrass Guitar ASAP. Familiarizing yourself with the book’s introductory material before starting lessons should speed your learning. In lieu of these books, you may choose to work with one of my eBooks, Bluegrass Banjo In 10 Easy Steps and Bluegrass Mandolin In 10 Easy Steps, which run on Apple iOS devices.
I look forward to hearing from you soon and staying in touch.