Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction

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43 reviews
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Customers rated this pro highly for responsiveness, professionalism, and value.
  • Scott M.

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    Jan 30, 2018Verified
  • T.o. O.

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    I just finished my second lesson, having no experience in reading or playing music. Now, in my third trimester of life Larry is teaching me to read music and play guitar. Who knew I could do it at this age? Larry is a great instructor and I am pleased with our progress.

    Dec 28, 2017Verified

About this pro

I teach my students primarily by a well thought out methodical approach that I have developed over the years. One that I came up with by trial and error, that seems to work very well for the majority of students. Besides teaching my students how to just play songs, I like to give them a complete 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, ukulele, or mandolin 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. Most all students that I have taken on that have been with other teachers have stated that they "learned more from me in one lesson than with many from their prior teacher". Theses aren't my words, but my student's. 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. I am good at keeping my students motivated and engaged, giving them the flexibility to make decisions of what they would like to learn! My retention rate (ability to keep students) is approximately 95%! 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! Each season the store has a recital that a number of my students are very excited about being involved with! I am on cloud nine for much of the week following each recital! My students always do great! I am so proud of each one of them for putting the necessary amount of practice in to nail the material! I love to motivate them, and encourage them to become the kind of player I know they can be!!

Years in business

29

Times hired on Thumbtack

163

Number of employees

1

Background check

Completed
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    Q & A

    • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
      Lessons for each instrument is one flat amount per 30 minute lesson for a regular lesson time each week. The majority of my lessons are given at Springfield Music. Lessons there are $89.00 a month, regardless of whether you would receive the normal 4 lessons per month, or a 5th free lesson that would occur on 4 months during the year (when the day falls a certain way during the month in which we would meet 5 weeks). When you average out the price of lessons through the year, each lesson would come out to $20.54. Lessons I do at peoples homes are negotiable, and are something I work out with the student, depending on their situation, the distance traveled and how often we meet. Most are approximately the same price as lessons at the store.
    • How did you get started doing this type of work?
      I've always loved playing guitar! While I was growing up during my school years, I 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!
    • What types of customers have you worked with?
      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.

    Business hours

    Central Time Zone
    SundayClosed
    Monday9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Tuesday9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Wednesday9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Thursday9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Friday9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Saturday9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Coverage Area for Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction is about 10+ miles of Shawnee, KS.