Robby Loeb - Three-finger Banjo (Scruggs & Melodic Style)
"Banjo makes everything better."
I began teaching banjo in Boulder, Colorado in 2003. I focus on teaching the Earl Scruggs 3-finger, and melodic style Bluegrass banjo method, which involves learning particular roll patterns and back-up rhythm styles. I enjoy teaching students traditional Bluegrass songs as well as helping students learn and develop their own style. My intent is to find out exactly what my students want to get out of playing the banjo, and what their learning style is so that I can adapt to it.
Whether your focus is learning every bluegrass tune under the sun, how to improvise a solo, or just being able to hold your own at a campfire with the rest of them, I can help you with that. I believe that each student can successfully achieve the expression of musical artistry through efficient practice habits, and proper guidance. Once the technical elements of playing an instrument are achieved, the door is wide open to making music as a form of art.
I studied under banjo legend Alan Munde at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. On top of studying banjo, I also took courses in guitar, bass, Bluegrass history, audio engineering, and ensemble classes. More recently, I have studied with renowned banjo player Rob McCoury from The Del McCoury Band, and award winning banjoist Jayme Stone.
I have been the director of the bluegrass ensembles at Harmony since it's inception in 2009. I am also the owner of the studio.
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Willie Gammell (Three-Finger Banjo)
Willie has played in nearly every kind of band you can think of, and in nearly every city in the US. Willie plays guitar, ukulele, bass, mandolin, and banjo.
He played guitar in rock bands in high school. He then attended Shenandoah University, studying Jazz and Classical guitar before he heard the call of the road and joined up with the Southern Funk Orchestra. Willie played society gigs around DC and as a hired gun for demos and out of town bands.
Willie helped form the Soulutions, a world music influenced reggae band. Soon Willie found himself in NYC, giving lessons to people of all ages where ever the Subway would go. Here he formed one half of the duo The Galt Line, and toured coast to coast.
Back in the DC area, Willie taught, recorded, and toured with the psychedelic metal band The Neighbors. Recently Willie has been living in Boulder and teaching all over the front range.
Willie will show you that anyone can play music. He'll bring his love of performing and broad knowledge to you in every lesson.
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This teacher is available for off-site lessons
Mackenzie Page - (Tenor, Plectrum, Irish Banjo)
The tenor banjo was a common rhythm-instrument in early 20th-century jazz. Also in the 1920s Irish banjo players began to pick out the melodies of jigs, and reels on tenor banjos. I have been playing the tenor banjo since 2014, and have implemented it into my folk-style songwriting. Being one of the most versatile instruments, the tenor banjo is great instrument for learning chords, single note melodies, fingerpicking, plectrum, and even songwriting.
I have been playing music for 10 years, and have toured both nationally and internationally with a local based band. Through three recorded albums and a solo debut, I have formed a strong understanding of what it means to play music professionally, technically, and artistically. I also teach the toddler music class at Harmony House.
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