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About Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction

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How does your service stand out?

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.
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 hold on to students) is approximately 95%!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

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!!


12710 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Shawnee, KS 66216

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

    As an adult learner, I appreciate Larry's flexibility to allow me to learn at my own pace.

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

    So far so good. Happy. Still just starting. Instructor is talented and patient.

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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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    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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    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!

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  • 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!!

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    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 12, 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. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

A. 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 Funky Munky 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.

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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