Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction

Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction

Shawnee, KS

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About Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction

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My name is Larry Crabtree. I have 25+ years of teaching experience. I teach M-Th 1:00-9pm, Fri. 1:00-7pm and Sat 9:30am-6pm at Funky Munky Music, 12710 Shawnee Mission Pkwy in Shawnee, KS. The instruments I teach are Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Irish Tenor Banjo and 5 string Banjo. I specialize in a good (and complete) understanding of the instrument and music, and the techniques needed to play them effortlessly. Without good technique (which isn't taught well by videos, books or some teachers) it is impossible to play well, or play any advanced material. I like to have fun at my lessons, which makes for a more enjoyable experience for the student, and heightens the level of engagement into the learning process.

Some aspects I teach include (but not limited to) advanced rhythm, lead, music/tab reading, sweeping, shedding, modal/chordal theory, Jazz theory, Chord substitution, tapping, fingerpicking, ear training, improvisation, jamming skills, Earl Scruggs, Chromatic, Melodic, Clawhammer styles on 5 string Banjo. Plectrum style Irish Tenor Banjo, standard picking, tapping, slap n pop on Bass and much, much more! Most genres including Blues, all forms of Rock including Metal, Alternative, Punk, and Progressive, Country, Jazz, Funk, Folk, Pop, Classical, Contemporary Christian, Bluegrass and more. Rates are $89.00 a month regardless of 4 or 5 lessons per month (which averages out to $20.54 per half hour lesson).


12710 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Shawnee, KS 66216


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  • 3/5 stars January 8, 2015

    Still trying to set up a time to have a session. Fast response to inquiry though helped me to book a session.

  • 5/5 stars January 5, 2015

    She said it was amazing!

  • 5/5 stars December 15, 2014

    I am really having a great time learning with Larry. I had never even picked up a guitar before, so he started extremely basic with me! We've only had two lessons and I already feel so "accomplished" lol. He's really encouraging and thorough and I look forward to my lesson every week. :)

  • 5/5 stars November 10, 2014

    Larry is a wonderful teacher. He's patient, easygoing, and has the experience to back up his musical passion. I started out with zero guitar experience and over the course of 4 lessons was proficient enough to play a basic tune. I would recommend Larry for anyone who wants to learn guitar and have a blast while doing so.

  • 5/5 stars November 3, 2014

    Larry helped me learn the basics of the guitar. He is located off Shawnee Mission pkwy. It was only about a 10 min commute from Olathe. Pretty easy to get to the location!

    Every one at Funky Munky was so kind and helpful. Very laid back. Larry was truly a great instructor. He was very encouraging and patient. Larry was always on time and very professional. If something came up he would always let me know in advance. I really felt like I learned a lot while taking lessons from Larry. He starts with the basics and builds up.

    To really maximize your guitar experience you have to give it your all. It's all about what you are willing to put into it - how much you practice and how much you want to learn. Larry is there to help and does the best he can - he will go above and beyond to help you learn.

  • 5/5 stars October 28, 2014

    Larry is the third guitar teacher I've ever had.
    The first two were in the classical style, and I was seeking a teacher to teach me electric/metal techniques and somebody who would be willing to teach me theory in the guitar to help me be able to start composing.

    Larry has gone above and beyond the call of duty, and I have never had more fun or learned more from an instrument teacher, I highly recommend him !!!!!

  • 5/5 stars February 9, 2013

  • 5/5 stars January 8, 2013

    He is a great teacher and is able to work with your schedule when it gets hectic. He is able to teach different genre of music.

  • 5/5 stars January 4, 2013

    My husbands first lesson was last night, and he was very excited when he got finished. He said that Larry listened to want he wanted to learn, showed him a few things that he could do differently, and gave him a few things to work on for next week's lesson. I am so happy that I was able to find Larry and get my husband signed up for lessons with him!

  • 5/5 stars November 30, 2012

  • 5/5 stars September 12, 2012

    Larry is a VERY PATIENT teacher, fortunate is the student that finds their way to this inspiring instructor. Larry is dedicated in helping a student reach their full potential. This is the teacher any parent should check out before considering a teacher for their child. He makes learning fun. I drive an hour to learn from this amazing teacher.

    Larry C. from Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction replied to this review on September 12, 2012:

    Wow Michael! I'm speachless! I really really appreciate your kind and encouraging words!!! I feel very blessed to have a student like you, especially considering the distance you drive each week! I'll do my best to live up to your kind words!!

  • 5/5 stars April 9, 2012

    Ok, so I don't play the guitar. Six months ago I searched the Internet for a local banjo instructor. Luckily I came across Larry Crabtree who not only teaches guitar but also banjo. I have never played a fretted instrument, but was very interested in exploring the possibilities. When I contacted Larry he got back to me the same day, we talked about where I wanted to go with the banjo and about his ideas regarding the path to get there. I have been nothing but pleased with Larry's competence and patience. Sometimes during a lesson I don't understand completely what he is getting at with his pointers, but once I'm at home practicing I can really appreciate how quickly he identified my underlying technique issues and solved my problem. I would highly recommend him for instruction.

    Larry C. from Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction replied to this review on September 12, 2012:

    Thanks Dave for the kind words! Sorry I'm so late in responding. To be truthful, I wasn't aware until now that I was able to do that. Silly me! I value you greatly as a student, and your dedication to practice! You have made amazing advances in your playing in the last year! I feel very blessed to have a student such as yourself! Thanks again Dave!

  • 5/5 stars April 6, 2012

    I've had the opportunity to take lessons from Larry Crabtree for 8.5 years. It has been so much fun. I've learned a lot of songs and theory which I enjoy. Whenever I need to learn a song to play with my friends he is right there to teach it to me in the key I need. Even though I'm 57 I am looking forward to many years of playing the guitar as a hobby. Although I have a demanding profession and can't always practice as much as I like , Larry is never judgemental. It is one of the highlights of my week to sit down and play with Larry for a half hour. I highly recommend Larry for anyone interested in becoming a professional or just playing for fun.

    Larry C. from Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction replied to this review on September 13, 2012:

    Keith, thanks much for your kind words! Seeing you each week is a highlight of my week as well! I consider you a good friend also! Thank you for your continued support of my teaching, we've been doing this for quite some time! I feel very blessed to have you as a student and friend!

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. When first meeting with new clients I take inventory of their level of experience, and find out what they would like to learn, and access the best plan of action in order to achieve their goals. I find that if you take them in the direction that they would like, and in which they agree sounds good, and stay on track, but also along the way giving them choices, they will remain engaged and motivated. My goal as an instructor is to get them to their goals as soon as possible. That includes also though, teaching them things along the way, maybe deviating a little sometimes if I feel something would be more benificial to them at the time in order to make them a more outstanding player if they so desire.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. The first advice I would give would be to find out how many years the instructor has been teaching. If at all possible find out how long students usually stay with them. His would tell you something about their repoir with their students. Make sure they teach the genres and aspects you are looking for and how in-depth they get into the subjects taught, especially if you are planning to excell at what you play. One way of gauging this is to find out what levels they they teach. If they teach to advanced level this would be a good indication, but if the only teach say beginner to intermediate they most likely wouldn't dig too deep.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. Besides teaching my students how to just play songs, I like to give them an in-depth understanding of the instrument and of music. I listen intently to what my student would like to be able to do or play on the guitar, bass or banjo, and do my very best to give them the skills in order to achieve their goals, whether it be certain songs (which are extremely motivating) or certain skills. I teach a lot of things I've never seen taught in books, videos or the internet. A lot of the secrets to being successful at playing proficiently and getting right to the meat of what will make you a good player, not just a so so player. I like to give them the tools to take what I teach them and be able to figure things out for themselves instead of them having to have a ridiculous amount of reference material and be at the mercy of just doing what they're told to do through books, videos and etc. Many of my students have taken what I taught them and went on to successful careers in music as teachers, performers and even producers! It is very rewarding to me to see the fruit of my labor! I've had many students that I've taught from early childhood until they graduate High School, and some adults for as long as almost 20 years.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love that I'm able to do what I love to do for my living! I feel very fortunate to be able to do this! I started out teaching at my home back in late 1989 with a few students at first and was able to build up my student load to over 80 students a week and have stayed for the most part very steady for all these years. I like to be a positive influence on my students helping to direct them into a very rewarding profession or just to do it for fun! I like to help them become the best possible player and to play as effortlessly as possible. I like to have a fun time, which helps it to be an enjoyable experience for my students!

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. One favorite of mine is from that of a student which I had early on in my teaching career in the early to mid 1990's. This student (unfortunely I can't remember his name) went for 2 years to GIT (Guitar Institute in California) during the school year and came back and took lessons from me during the summer. On one occasion after he told me what he was learning and from whom he was studying under (big name artists such as Paul Gilbert and the like) I asked him why in the world he still came back to me and took lessons during the summer. His reply really touched me! He told me that he always learned more from me, and I was able to make more clear to him the points that these players of high reputation were able to make (although I'm sure it most likely because I had more time to clear things up than they).

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I've always loved playing guitar! While I was growing up during my school years, would practice anywhere from 1 to 4 hours a day during the school year, depending on how much homework I had (and was able to maintain straight A's as well). During the summers I averaged 8 hours of practice on a daily basis! During school, I couldn't wait to get home to practice! That was my reward for getting through the school day!
I started playing in bands early in my teenage years, and continued to play in numerous bands into my twenties. I played in numerous types of venues, including clubs, playing in very successful bands such as PMA and SOS in the late 80's.
I got burned out with the club scene, and decided to start teaching at that time. It was much more of a consistent income, and very rewarding!

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