Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction
Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction

Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction

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Introduction: IN LIGHT OF THE CORONAVIRUS, I AM NOW OFFERING ONLINE LESSONS FOR YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY. I am teaching back at the store (Ernie Williamson Music) now, and will give people a choice to do lessons there or online. 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. At this time, I am in the process of writing my own method which in the future will be available online. This is the first of many to come! 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 97%! 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 now have over 100 students over the course of a week. 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!!

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Duncan M.

Banjo Lessons

Larry is a fantastic instructor. Easy to follow along with, provides structured lessons, and great humor. I highly recommend Larry to anyone.
Jun 11, 2021
Kateland S.

Guitar Lessons

my first lesson with Larry was wonderful. very patient, great at explaining the process of the lessons he teaches, and a great motivator. looking forward to many more lessons.
Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction's reply
Thanks so much Katy! I look forward to being able to help you become the kind of guitarist that you desire all of my students are very important to me, and I do my best to try and explain things in a way that is understandable. Thank you so much for the wonderful review!
Sep 27, 2020
Trent A.

Bass Guitar Lessons

Larry is the GOAT. He knows what he is talking about and teaches you what YOU want to learn. You won’t be bored sitting in a chair while he stares at you playing the C major scale. He gets to the point and makes the lesson revolve around what you want out of guitar. Every lesson he is He keeps playing guitar fun which is what it’s all about. I told him my plan and goals for my guitar playing and he helped/currently helping me reach them. Anytime I have a question, no matter how dumb/small, larry gets back to me asap and simply explains it. If it can’t be explained in text he makes sure next lesson I understand my question. Great guy and even greater teacher.
Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction's reply
Trent, wow! Thank you so much for the kind words! It is my pleasure to be able to teach you!
Sep 26, 2020
Kyle R.

Banjo Lessons

I've only had one lesson with Larry thus far, but that being said, he seems like a very professional and informative instructor! He's a busy guy but he's very flexible when it comes to scheduling a lesson as well. Thanks Larry!
Comprehensive Guitar, Bass and Banjo Instruction's reply
Thanks Kyle! I appreciate the kind words! I look forward to being able to help you become the kind of banjo player you desire!
Jul 13, 2020
Clint M.

Banjo Lessons

Larry is an amazing banjo expert. He has a knowledge and depth of understanding that only someone who is passionate and well educated in the art can provide. I wish I played the mandolin and bass ukulele so I could fully gain from his experience.
Feb 14, 2020
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Larry Crabtree


  • 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 Ernie Williamson Music in Shawnee, KS, 12244 Shawnee Mission Pkwy in 10 Quivera Plaza. Lessons there are $99.00 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 $22.85. 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?

    My students are a mix of first time players, and players with some experience. Many have taken lessons from other teachers and have become dissatisfied with what they were learning. They felt they should have been much further along with the amount of time they had been taking lessons. Most all the students I have taken on told me the same thing. They usually tell me that they learned more from me in a very short amount of time than with many lessons with their previous teacher! This is very gratifying to me! I like to help my students grasp every area of playing! Many are very confused and frustrated by trying to learn online. The lack direction and a clear path to reach their goals! I have worked hard on coming up with that clear path through the years, and most of my students feel that I give them that clear path! 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.

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