Tenor Banjo Lessons

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Improve your skills!

Master the fretboard.

Learn songs by ear.

Improvise over chords.

Jam with friends.

Play with confidence.

Speak musician lingo.

Become musically literate.

Compose original music.

Record original songs.

Are you looking for a guide along the next phase of your musical journey?

I’d love to work together to help you transform musical mystery into musical mastery!

What’s so special about my teaching method?


I’m a real person, I’ve been down this road many times on my own, and I’ll hold you accountable to your ambitions.

Adaptable Lesson Format.

Don’t let anyone tell you that musical learning is a one-size-fits-all pursuit.

We will only focus on songs, exercises and topics specific to your musical frustrations, motivations and goals.

Custom Built Resources.

Every time I write out a chart of a popular song for a student, I add it to my teaching library.

I’ve been growing my organic, hand-made collection of charts for over a decade, so you can choose from my thousands of ready-made resources, or request your own.

Resources are designed to meet you at your comfort zone, and stretch you just beyond it, and include: Standard Notation, Tablature, Chord + Scale Shapes, JamTrack MP3s, and the Master Guitar Pro 7 File.


(Frequently Asked Questions)

Can I try before I buy?


You wouldn’t buy an instrument without playing it first, right?

You would definitely want to play it first, so you can make a better informed decision.

Working with a private teacher puts a lot of trust in the hands of a professional, and you want to make sure it’s a solid student-teacher match before you commit to working together for months, possibly years.

I feel exactly the same about new students – I want to make sure you are curious, focused, and dedicated to following through and put your time in practicing, before we begin working together.

This is why I offer all new students a FREE 30m Trial Lesson.

There is a nominal $5 registration fee to get you setup.

If we’re not a good fit, no hard feelings – it’s not personal.

I’ll even help you find the right teacher for your request.

If we understand each other’s expectations, let’s take it to the next level and schedule your first month of private lessons together.

Do you offer Video Lessons?

You bet!

One of my favorite things about teaching private students in NYC is the amazing variety of players from all creative walks of life.

I’m able to work with an even wider array of students, all over the world, now with the aid of video conferencing apps.

Once you sign up for a Free 30m Trial Lesson, I’ll connect with you to make arrangements to meet remotely.

What can I expect to learn in my first few months of lessons?

My song-based approach teaches songs of our choice, that fit your current skill level, from which you’ll learn proper technique, fretboard logic, scales, chords, ear training, music theory, composition and improvisation.

If you’re an absolute beginner, we’ll choose from my library of over 1,000 songs, for each of which I’ve created resources (like chord charts, lead sheets, strumming or finger picking patterns, or play-along MP3s) to help your practice time at home between our sessions together.

How much do private lessons cost?

It takes more than being a great musician to be a great teacher, and I pride myself in my empathetic approach to each student’s needs.

As a professionally trained musician and educator in New York City, I offer my time as a teacher to private students in a focused, one-to-one environment for a very reasonable rate of $75/hr.

Private lessons are available in $300 blocks of 4 weekly sessions per month.

This buys you a seat on my calendar each month, to focus on your specific creative musical goals.

Should I bring my instrument to each session?

The short answer is no — not always.

The long answer is yes — you should want to bond with your own personal instrument over an unknown loaner.

That said, if you’re traveling from work, the weather is miserable, or yours is in the shop — I’ve got you covered.

I have a few different instruments for you to play at my studio.

Where is your studio?

Chris Conly Guitar Studio is located at 234 6th Street, in Brooklyn, just a few blocks from the Subway.

The closest subway is the 4th Ave/9th St. station, where the R, F + G trains all meet.

Also nearby are the Carroll Street and Smith/9th St. stops on the F & G lines.

What’s so special about your studio, anyway?

Besides the courtyard, grill, basketball hoop, lawn chairs, restrooms, graffiti artwork and tons of musicians?

It’s close to the subway, The Bell House, Halyard’s Bar, Four & Twenty Blackbirds Cafe, Whole Foods Market and the Gowanus Canal.


Studio location is obviously a moot point until further notice.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t still meet remotely.

In fact, music and learning are 2 of the best things you can do to stay sane in the age of physical distancing and remote social connection.

Let’s take the long view on this, and hope to be back to business as usual soon. But until then, let’s do the right thing and keep our distance.

Here are a few examples of Styles, Techniques and Influences I can offer you:

  • CGDA Dixieland Jazz
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Do you want to improve your musical skills?

So you want to play with confidence, master the fretboard, learn songs by ear, improvise over chords, jam with friends, speak musician lingo, become musically literate, compose original music, or record orginal songs?

Book a Trial Lesson Now!