What our students are saying

“While many excellent instructional websites and teachers are available on the internet, as a beginner who had never played a string instrument, I was particularly interested in finding one-on-one personal instruction. How could this be accomplished when I am often in remote locations and traveling? Simple! Jam-Along made this all possible and most rewarding. My instructor is positive and encouraging. He is a true professional; responsive, energetic and fun! He has extensive real world experience and is an extremely talented musician. He articulates subject matter through a direct verbal video conference technology (I use an iPad), which has the feel of being in the same room, face-to-face. His very effective teaching methods are supplemented by written, audio and video based lesson plans. I recommend Jam-Along to anyone interested in personalized, direct instruction.”

Hal Brown, Ocala, FL


 “I’m so lucky I stumbled onto JamAlong Music Method since I decided to learn to play the banjo. There is so much great info and tablature available on the website, and the guidance given by the banjo instructor is priceless! He seems to be able to pinpoint exactly what it was that caused me to want to start playing the banjo in the first place and guide me into quickly targeting what it is I want to develop. I’m also exposed to a lot of other styles and methods of playing that I might not have known about. I really feel like I’m on my way to becoming a competent and well rounded player”

Bill Maderas, Redding, CA



“I’ve been playing banjo for 25 years and have performed in front of large and small audiences since 2003. I’ve been looking for banjo lessons like JamAlong offers for a long time, and I highly recommend this method if you want to add to your arsenal and if you enjoy practicing. None of this stuff works unless you work it, but they’ll teach what to work, how, and why. That’s about all you could ask in a teacher!”

Mitch Kozub, Olmsted Falls, OH


“Jamalong has been a great catalyst to my development as a mandolin player. I feel like I am making the kind of progress I’ve been waiting for! The format allows me to practice as if playing with others, anytime I am ready, so that when I do play with other pickers my confidence is at a whole new level. It is so convenient to link up on the internet instead of driving hours to get to the nearest mandolin teacher, or wait for the next jam session to play with a group. It is definitely the green alternative. The individualized attention of a monthly session is tailored to my needs, and having a plan to work on helps me focus my practice time. I look forward to my next lesson every time.”

Jeffery  – Winter Park, CO



“When the JamAlong banjo guy first contacted me and introduced himself as a coach not a teacher, I was very intrigued.  I then went to Jamalong.org and was blown away by all of the information there.  Anything from tabs, articles, video lessons, backing tracks….the list goes on and on.  He then gifted me a video lesson and that was a real eye opener to me, for my playing.  I learned more from my JamAlong banjo coach in the first 5 minutes than I have learned from music teachers, online resources, and all the books I have.  He then evaluated my playing and suggested that I subscribe to the ninja class, and so I did.  When I went back to Jamalong.org he had unlocked the entire site, which means that EVERYTHING on the website is now available to me.  He put together a lesson plan and I do the homework.  I had another video lesson and continue to study my lesson plan.  I have 4 kids in the house and they have heard me play for years, I’m now getting compliments from them!  That’s something that just doesn’t happen LOL! Thanks JamAlong, I’m looking forward to continuing lessons for a long time to come!”

Ken Short, Beach City, OH



“JamAlong has been a lifesaver for me since trying to further my banjo music. I was in a rut for a while starved for new resources and personalized advice and lessons. JamAlong has offered this and much more and is dedicated to helping make your musical experience more rewarding and fulfilling.  The lessons are customized and so well explained there is no way you can’t learn. Truly caring and dedicated, JamAlong Music is a win-win deal. You can’t get any better than this folks!”

  DaleAnn – Ashland, AL



laurie bethke“Wow! I thought I would try mandolin online lessons with JamAlong, as I live in a rural area, work full time and have a weird schedule, so “in person” lessons are difficult to manage. I am so happy that I found JamAlong. These lessons may even be better than “in person” because with screen sharing technology, instant tabbing and standard notation, all bases are covered. Forgot how the strum pattern is supposed to go? No worries, a custom video that you can watch again and again is available to refresh your memory. Not sure where to place your fingers on a difficult lick? No worries, slow-mo close up and video of live TAB is provided. Hate learning nursery rhyme songs when you are beginning? No worries, you can pick your own songs from a huge range of styles. And it is fun! My instructor e is a fun and funny teacher who makes it easy to follow, stress free and well organized. I love my lessons!”

Laurie – Sandpoint, Idaho



tony“I’ve had one lesson with JamAlong and have to say that their approach and material are far removed from other online tutors. Looking forward to my next session!”

Tony – UK



tina brennans“Seeds of my songs that were gathering dust are springing to life since I began learning the techniques from JamAlong for creating completed compositions. We work together online through custom videos and TAB. They quickly produce chord charts, type in lyrics, plot melodies/tabs through screen share or screen shots and I am able to download and use right away. Five stars!”

Tina – Nevada City, California



wendy robinson“Their lessons offer personalized discussions and instant solutions to musical roadblocks! I appreciate the creative explanations of musical concepts for someone like me, a non-musical thinker. And every lesson includes printable tabs to add to your songbook and personalized play-along recordings of the songs you’ve chosen!”

Wendy – Durham, California



tom wells“I have been playing the 5-string banjo for a little over three years and I found it difficult to find instructors in my area who taught the style of music I wanted to play. After taking lessons from a local instructor for a few months, I felt like I had run out of things to learn. I knew that if I were to progress to the level of playing that I wanted to be, I needed to find a new instructor.

“A short time ago I contacted JamAlong Music after finding one of their videos on YouTube, demonstrating a very cool technique that I had never heard discussed before. After a short period of correspondence with Brae from JamAlong Music, he was quickly able to develop a set of lessons that was exactly what I wanted to learn, and what I felt I needed to learn. He was able to deliver the lessons at a schedule that worked best for me and at the same price I was paying to my “in-person” lessons. My personalized JamAlong Music lessons are extremely detailed and very well executed. I love use of multi-media in my lessons, which includes PDF files, videos, and MP3 recordings.

“I am extremely satisfied with my experience with JamAlong Music and would definitely recommend their services to any musician. JamAlong Music is perfect for anyone who is wanting to get better at their instrument, has limited time/ wanting lessons delivered at a slower pace, and for anyone who enjoys learning through the use of multi-media content.”

Tom – Salem, Oregon



“I’ve been playing mandolin for 35 or so years but have always shied away from improvising. The backing tracks at Jamalong have really helped me break free of my old habit of memorizing everything I played.  Brae’s good natured nudging has taught me some new ways to approach taking breaks at jam sessions. (Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks!) I regularly attend open bluegrass sessions now and am asked to come back to some of them! I have taken lots of lessons over the years but the Jamalong Method has worked the best for me”

Dennis Ohern – Bay View, Washington



“Closet Banjo player here. Thanks to Jam Along I’m beginning to develop the confidence to sneak out of my closet and find some other pickers on this planet to jam with! My new catch phrase “Chord Progression is King”… Thanks JamAlong!”

Greg Roberts – Shepherdsville, Kentucky



“JamAlong Music Method will move you forwards while having a great time! I’ve owned my banjo for a few years now and would practice in fits and starts, never really making progress.  In person lessons were inconvenient for me and I never had great experiences. I then came across Brae and his live video lessons which are just like an in-person lesson (“only they smell better” as he’ll tell you himself), and I’ve never looked back. Brae is a blast to jam with and is super easy going but still keeps you motivated, encouraged, and progressing. A great guy all around! The JamAlong website is chock full of jamming resources which are a dream come true, and you can go at your own pace anytime of day or night. Its truly awesome how much my playing has advanced in the past few months. I can’t put my banjo down! The JamAlong team have done an exceptional job in making the website easily navigable and and fun to use. Their teachers take the time to listen to what I want and formulate my lesson plans specifically to get me where I want to be. Talk about custom tailored!  If you want to take your skills to new levels and have a great time doing it then JamAlong is the place for you…  I guarantee you won’t regret it!”

Adam, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada