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Brett teaches a variety of lesson styles via a number of settings and media environments, such as Skype, FaceTime, and Facebook lessons, private lessons, group lessons, and more. He teaches Hammered Dulcimer, Mountain Dulcimer, Clawhammer, Minstrel, and Bluegrass Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Bowed Psaltery, and a few others...just ask! If you, your club, organization, or school would be interested in group lessons or forming a String Band Club, please contact Brett for more information.

Video conferencing lessons (e.g., Skype, FaceTime, and Facebook) seem to be the way of the future for indivualized and personal instruction. No longer is travel time, expense, or "bad weather" an issue, and you can still have one-on-one personal lessons in your home. You see exactly what Brett is doing and he sees exactly what you are doing, just as if he were sitting in the same room! He has taught students in Sweden, Hawaii, Texas, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, and California, just to name a few locations!. Time zones are easy to work around since Brett teaches full time. He also offers one free lesson, at no obligation to you whatsoever, to show you just how easy and convenient video conferencing lessons are. To schedule a free lesson, or for more information, contact Brett at fbridgeway@juno.com

Lessons - Video Conferencing, Group & Private
fbridgeway@juno.com/ 724-777-5234
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 Brett Ridgeway - Anyone Can Make Music © 2017
Brett Ridgeway
Skype Lessons                 Workshop Instructor
Private & Group Lessons 
Performer                         Songwriter
Free Video Lessons
Hammered Dulcimer
Mountain Dulcimer
Clawhammer Banjo
In this video lesson for the traditional Irish tune Planxty Irwin, you will learn not only the simple melody line, but also the chords, chord shapes, arpeggios, techniques, and embellishments that can elevate your playing to a performance-ready piece
In this video lesson for the traditional Irish tune The Salley Garden, you will learn not only the simple melody line, but also general chords up and down the fretboard as well as movable chords up and down the fretboard. We will also lightly delve into cross picking, fill-in, and embellishment ideas. This is truly a beautiful tune and one most oft requested!

This lesson is suitable for all players at any skill level.
Clawhammer Banjo lesson for Arkansas Traveler
Double C Tuning
Planxty Irwin, Part 2
Old Joe Clark
Old Joe Clark - G Tuning
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Hawks & Eagles
Spotted Pony
Spotted Pony
Free Lessons!
Hammered Dulcimer         Mountain Dulcimer         Clawhammer Banjo
Breakfast Reel Forked Deer
Breakfast Reel
Wood Chopper's Reel
Wood Chopper's Reel