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I offer lessons in:

  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Performance Techniques
  • Songwriting
  • Vocal Coaching
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    Jef RamseyOffering private lessons in
    Olympia, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    I have been teaching in the Olympia area since 1991 and now have a spacious private studio in rural NE Olympia and teach there on Mondays.

    Performing as a professional singer and musician for over twenty years;
    contracted for many events playing 'society gigs', headlining at bluegrass, blues and jazz festivals, fairs, concert venues, and clubs mostly in the Pacific Northwest region.

    Been a member of Clutch Cargo & the Ceaseless Peril, Caravan; Dreamtime; The Ramsey-Collins Band; Naugahyde Ryde; Ramsey, Collins & Nicholson; Road Less Traveled; Big Cedar; and Horsejazz.

    My Teaching Background
    British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop (5 years) and has led several workshops at bluegrass festivals around the state of Washington. Specializing in acoustic instruments

    Studied mandolin with Tom Moran, Steve Brown, Brad Johnson, and Paul Glasse. Studied Guitar with Bob Vaught, Jack Hansen, Tim Eickholt, John White, Phil Lawson, and Ray Wood. Other musical mentors include, Joe Baque, Tom Russell and Paul Anastasio, Radim Zenkl and Emory Lester. B.A. from the University of Washington in creative writing and literature; skilled songwriter who teaches songwriting. Also successfully experienced as a performance coach.

    My Teaching Philosophy
    My focus is on ear training; music is about the ears, not the eyes. The soul of music is rooted in tone and dynamics. Reading is helpful, but memorization is crucial in performance. I have discovered that when I learn by ear, I am able to memorize very quickly, but when I read I become dependent on the page. It is difficult to focus on feeling when one is not totally aware of the music from within.

    Rates And Availability
    Lessons are $40 / hour lesson and we usually meet 2 to 3 times per month - every other week.