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Linda L.
Lemont, Pennsylvania
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Clawhammer / old-time banjo by ear or from tab or a combination
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The banjo always makes me smile, and I'd love to share my love of banjo with you! I love that within clawhammer banjo technique, you play melody, rhythm, and backup all at the same time. This is what makes clawhammer banjo so versatile, the possibilities so broad, and the creation of banjo arrangements so creative and fun. Clawhammer banjo uses a small set of tools, and once you've learned them, there's a whole world of tunes you'll be able to learn and play. I first teach the basic right-hand bum-ditty of frailing, and then expand to teach you double thumbing and a variety of interesting drop thumbing patterns, moving from there to incorporating syncopation into your playing. I also include left-hand techniques of hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, bends, and chord efficiency. I believe in playing exercises and scales, especially in the beginning, but some of my students want to just learn tunes, and I'm a softy that goes along with that. :-) Clawhammer banjo is best-suited to playing old-time tunes, but I'm broader in my own playing, incorporating Irish, Swedish, bluegrass, gospel, French Canadian, Eastern European and more along with old time. I also sing with the banjo and use it to back up other singers and instruments. I use three tunings in my teaching and playing: standard G, double C, and modal minor (also called sawmill). Some banjo players use more tunings, but I find that these three, along with a capo, pretty much cover everything I've wanted to play. I also play fiddle, and this gives my students the advantage of learning to play banjo along with a fiddler, learning the fiddle/banjo combination that is so common in old time music. I have a website with over 400 clawhammer banjo tabs that I've created, and I'll share these with you once your lessons start. Even though I regularly create and share banjo tabs, my ultimate goal for you is that you learn to create your own version of any tune you want to play, without needing to look at my or anyone else's tab. If you have questions, scroll to the top of this page and click "Ask a question". I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
About Linda L.

I'm a professional performer who's played music since age 7, led musicians' workshops and camps since 1998, and has taught private lessons for almost 10 years. My teaching is focused on helping adult musicians improve and enjoy their playing. My basic philosophy is that music is not a competition, that music is best when played with others, and that you're never too old to start. We'll aim for both good technique and enjoyment of playing, but if we had to choose one, enjoying your instrument is the top priority. I try to make your lessons fun, to challenge you without giving you more than you can handle, and to be absolutely responsive to what you want to learn. Years ago, I had an amazing voice teacher. She never asked me to do anything I found difficult, and my singing kept improving anyhow. That's the kind of teacher I aspire to be. I want you to get better on your instrument without it being difficult or frustrating. MY BAND: When I'm not teaching, I tour professionally with the folk/world music duo, Simple Gifts, where I play fiddle, hammered dulcimer, old-time banjo, bowed psaltery, and recorders. Before Covid, we toured in a 10-state area, played about 100 concerts per year, and performed at major venues such as the Smithsonian, National Theater, Regina Quick Center, and Riviera Theater. Our repertoire includes a huge variety of genres: old time, bluegrass, country, Irish, Scottish, French Canadian, Klezmer, Greek, Romanian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Scandinavian, and more. You can see a video sampler of our concerts below. MY MUSIC CAMPS: About 25 years ago, I established two weekend-long musicians' camps: Folk College and Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering. These events, programmed and overseen by me, have included internationally-known musicians such as John McCutcheon, Rory Block, April Verch, and Bruce Molsky. I've taught workshops such as How to Jam, Hearing Chord Changes, Klezmer Tunes, Simplified Versions of Common Tunes, Tunes That are Cooler Than Hard, Backing Up a Singer, and How to Play Tunes You Don't Know. My reason for starting these music camps is the amount of competitiveness I've seen at other events. I wanted to create an event that would be friendly, nurturing, and encouraging, with all instruments playing together. MY RECORDINGS: I've recorded six CDs with my band, Simple Gifts. The most recent, "Journeys: Music of Many Lands" won a Global Music Award. Our previous album, "Crossing Borders," won an award from Indie Acoustic, and the one before that, "Time and Again," won a Crossroads Music Award. MY TEACHING STYLE: I'm very open to teaching you whatever you want to learn, but am also ready to guide you if you aren't sure. I don't follow a specific teaching method. Everyone gets taught differently, a combination of what you need and what you want. I only teach adults, so my teaching style is focused on the way adults learn. I especially enjoy teaching older adults. I believe in learning by ear, rather than reading sheet music, because that way you use your ears, rather than your eyes, to learn. But I understand some people need sheet music, and I'm ok with it. I think everyone that plays should understand the music theory behind it, but I've seen many eyes glaze over when I've started talking about theory, so I'm sensitive to that and introduce it in small bites that relate directly to whatever you're playing. And again, above all, my top priority is that you learn to love your instrument and get great joy and satisfaction from playing it.

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Teaching since 2013

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MBA (Master of Business Administration)

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Linda L.
Lemont, Pennsylvania
Student Favorite
Student Favorite
Clawhammer / old-time banjo by ear or from tab or a combination
Student Favorite
Student Favorite
The banjo always makes me smile, and I'd love to share my love of banjo with you! I love that within clawhammer banjo technique, you play melody, rhythm, and backup all at the same time. This is what makes clawhammer banjo so versatile, the possibilities so broad, and the creation of banjo arrangements so creative and fun. Clawhammer banjo uses a small set of tools, and once you've learned them, there's a whole world of tunes you'll be able to learn and play. I first teach the basic right-hand bum-ditty of frailing, and then expand to teach you double thumbing and a variety of interesting drop thumbing patterns, moving from there to incorporating syncopation into your playing. I also include left-hand techniques of hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, bends, and chord efficiency. I believe in playing exercises and scales, especially in the beginning, but some of my students want to just learn tunes, and I'm a softy that goes along with that. :-) Clawhammer banjo is best-suited to playing old-time tunes, but I'm broader in my own playing, incorporating Irish, Swedish, bluegrass, gospel, French Canadian, Eastern European and more along with old time. I also sing with the banjo and use it to back up other singers and instruments. I use three tunings in my teaching and playing: standard G, double C, and modal minor (also called sawmill). Some banjo players use more tunings, but I find that these three, along with a capo, pretty much cover everything I've wanted to play. I also play fiddle, and this gives my students the advantage of learning to play banjo along with a fiddler, learning the fiddle/banjo combination that is so common in old time music. I have a website with over 400 clawhammer banjo tabs that I've created, and I'll share these with you once your lessons start. Even though I regularly create and share banjo tabs, my ultimate goal for you is that you learn to create your own version of any tune you want to play, without needing to look at my or anyone else's tab. If you have questions, scroll to the top of this page and click "Ask a question". I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
About Linda L.

I'm a professional performer who's played music since age 7, led musicians' workshops and camps since 1998, and has taught private lessons for almost 10 years. My teaching is focused on helping adult musicians improve and enjoy their playing. My basic philosophy is that music is not a competition, that music is best when played with others, and that you're never too old to start. We'll aim for both good technique and enjoyment of playing, but if we had to choose one, enjoying your instrument is the top priority. I try to make your lessons fun, to challenge you without giving you more than you can handle, and to be absolutely responsive to what you want to learn. Years ago, I had an amazing voice teacher. She never asked me to do anything I found difficult, and my singing kept improving anyhow. That's the kind of teacher I aspire to be. I want you to get better on your instrument without it being difficult or frustrating. MY BAND: When I'm not teaching, I tour professionally with the folk/world music duo, Simple Gifts, where I play fiddle, hammered dulcimer, old-time banjo, bowed psaltery, and recorders. Before Covid, we toured in a 10-state area, played about 100 concerts per year, and performed at major venues such as the Smithsonian, National Theater, Regina Quick Center, and Riviera Theater. Our repertoire includes a huge variety of genres: old time, bluegrass, country, Irish, Scottish, French Canadian, Klezmer, Greek, Romanian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Scandinavian, and more. You can see a video sampler of our concerts below. MY MUSIC CAMPS: About 25 years ago, I established two weekend-long musicians' camps: Folk College and Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering. These events, programmed and overseen by me, have included internationally-known musicians such as John McCutcheon, Rory Block, April Verch, and Bruce Molsky. I've taught workshops such as How to Jam, Hearing Chord Changes, Klezmer Tunes, Simplified Versions of Common Tunes, Tunes That are Cooler Than Hard, Backing Up a Singer, and How to Play Tunes You Don't Know. My reason for starting these music camps is the amount of competitiveness I've seen at other events. I wanted to create an event that would be friendly, nurturing, and encouraging, with all instruments playing together. MY RECORDINGS: I've recorded six CDs with my band, Simple Gifts. The most recent, "Journeys: Music of Many Lands" won a Global Music Award. Our previous album, "Crossing Borders," won an award from Indie Acoustic, and the one before that, "Time and Again," won a Crossroads Music Award. MY TEACHING STYLE: I'm very open to teaching you whatever you want to learn, but am also ready to guide you if you aren't sure. I don't follow a specific teaching method. Everyone gets taught differently, a combination of what you need and what you want. I only teach adults, so my teaching style is focused on the way adults learn. I especially enjoy teaching older adults. I believe in learning by ear, rather than reading sheet music, because that way you use your ears, rather than your eyes, to learn. But I understand some people need sheet music, and I'm ok with it. I think everyone that plays should understand the music theory behind it, but I've seen many eyes glaze over when I've started talking about theory, so I'm sensitive to that and introduce it in small bites that relate directly to whatever you're playing. And again, above all, my top priority is that you learn to love your instrument and get great joy and satisfaction from playing it.

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 2013

Education

MBA (Master of Business Administration)

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Teaches ages 18+

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Linda is truly amazing. She is welcoming and warm and teaches at a pace that is attainable but also challenging. Her ability to make me feel comfortable and confident is what is so special about having a lessons with her because that allows you to grow as much as possible in your time with her. Working with Linda has been an absolute joy and I highly, highly recommend taking lessons from her.

Posted Apr 4, 2022
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I just had my 2nd violin lesson with Linda and am thrilled I chose her !!! I wasn't sure about the online thing but it works great !!! Linda is very kind, down to earth and a super teacher !!! I couldn't be happier !!!

Posted Mar 9, 2022
Online

I owned my hammered dulcimer for several years but live in a rural area and couldn't find anyone who could teach me to play. I've now been taking online lessons from Linda for nearly 2 years and feel like I accidentally hit the jackpot. She is a superb musician and teacher (on many instruments), is focused on the needs and goals of each individual student, and is unbelievably patient and supportive. I live a hectic life and often start my lesson feeling guilty that I haven't practiced enough, but without exception, Linda quickly reminds me of the joy of making music and my time with her is always one of the happiest parts of my week. In addition, she's really skilled at teaching online and I'm surprised at how much I've been able to learn with this approach. Highly recommended!

Posted Mar 8, 2022
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Folk College
May 2000 - Present
Founder, Artistic Director
I founded and coordinate Folk College, a fun, friendly weekend of workshops and jamming for all folk instruments and levels.
Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering
Sep 1998 - Present
Co-Founder, Artistic Director
I founded and coordinate Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, a fun, friendly weekend of workshops and jamming for all folk instruments and levels. This event has a particular focus on Pennsylvania's music heritage.
Simple Gifts
Nov 1989 - Present
Professional Touring Musician
I play fiddle, hammered dulcimer, banjo, bowed psaltery, and recorders in a professional touring folk/world music ensemble. Take a look at our videos for samples of our playing.
Nittany Valley Symphony
Sep 1988 - May 2005
Principal Second Violin
Before I switched over to playing just fiddle styles, I was a serious classical violinist and have played in many orchestras.
MBA (Master of Business Administration)
Jul 1981 - Dec 1982
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
B.A. Philosophy, music minor
Sep 1971 - May 1975
Princeton University

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Banjo
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Teacher's Studio
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Mt Nittany Road
Teaches Online
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T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$45
45 minutes
$55
60 minutes
$65
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
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