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Online 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 and classic country music. Currently, only Online Instruction, via Skype or a similar app, is available for 3-finger style 5-string banjo, flatpick and country blues guitar, and bluegrass mandolin. When ready, email Eddie at tuneman@austin.rr.com to set up a lesson. The following is a description of his teaching:

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, lower your expectations as to how quickly you will learn. The important thing is to pick up the instrument every day. People who already play or have played other stringed instruments usually progress more quickly and sometimes switch to longer lessons or a more varied schedule (i.e., 45 minutes every other week). Advanced players may wish to get a single hour-long lesson. The point here is Eddie is flexible in setting a schedule that meets your needs and budget.

Eddie: 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. Many books include CDs or digital files that allow you to hear things as you learn them and play along. I also write out and record specific examples that I can email you. I have been teaching for many years and am very dedicated to the profession. I

I teach from my home in Austin,TX from 11:00 AM – 9 PM (Central Time) on Monday and Tuesday and 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. My schedule is fairly flexible and I can usually find a time to match what you are looking for.

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 Stepswhich run on Apple iOS devices.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you progress with your musical journey!

Eddie Collins