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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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  • 5/5 stars Guitar Lessons Verified Review

    If you're looking for an attentive, versatile, enthusiastic guitar instructor with live performance experience, your compass will point squarely at Larry Crabtree. His knowledge, experience, love of the craft, and demeanor will get you exactly where you want to go, no matter your level. Thanks a zillion, Larry! Your teaching and advice continue to have positive daily effects on my playing!

    Larry C. from Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction replied to this review on September 27, 2015:

    Wow Kitten! Thanks so much!! I appreciate your words of encouragement! I miss you coming to your lessons! I hope all is going well for you! Feel free to contact me any time to let me know how you are doing!
    Thanks much!

  • 5/5 stars Guitar Lessons (for adults) Verified Review

  • 5/5 stars Guitar Lessons Verified Review

    Larry is a great teacher who is patient and can easily adapt his teaching methods to the style of music you want to play which makes lessons very entertaining. I sometimes tend to get off track with random topics that I talk about but Larry is always determined for me to leave with the material that I need to meet my next goal. Sadly I had to leave for the army and end my lessons but as soon as I get back, I'm going to continue right where I left off. His experience with the guitar and other instruments is priceless and I would recommend him to anyone!

  • 5/5 stars Guitar Lessons Verified Review

    My son loves going to his guitar lessons and always has something positive to share after having worked with Larry.

  • 5/5 stars Guitar Lessons Verified Review

    Larry has made learning to play the guitar an excellent experience! He is easy to work with and makes everything easy to understand. I highly recommend him to anyone needing instruction. You won't be disappointed!

    Larry C. from Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction replied to this review on April 27, 2015:

    Wow! Thanks so much Brandon! I really appreciate your kind words!
    Thanks so much!

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  • 3/5 stars Guitar Lessons Verified Review

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

    Larry C. from Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction replied to this review on April 27, 2015:

    Hi Shirlise! I believe I did hear once from your friend, and called him back as soon as I was able (which was within an hour of his call). I didn't hear back. I tried once more after that as well, to no avail. I guess his schedule did allow him to make it. If he's in town again in the future, have him give me a call.

  • 5/5 stars Guitar Lessons Verified Review

    She said it was amazing!

  • 5/5 stars Guitar Lessons Verified Review

    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 Guitar Lessons Verified Review

    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 Guitar Lessons Verified Review

    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 Guitar Lessons Verified Review

    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 !!!!!

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  • 5/5 stars Bass Guitar Lessons Verified Review

    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 Guitar Lessons Verified Review

    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 Guitar Lessons Verified Review

  • 5/5 stars Guitar Lessons Verified Review

    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

    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

    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. How did you get started doing this type 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!

Q. What types of customers have you worked with?

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 would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

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. This 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 excel at what you play. One way of gauging this is to find out what levels 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 deeply.

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