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  1. "I strongly recommend Brett Ridgeway as a hammer dulcimer teacher. When Brett first suggested that I try it out, my first thought was that I couldn’t because I had no musical ability or aptitude whatsoever. He encouraged and challenged me to try and I’m so glad I did. Brett has been a wonderful teacher. His methods of teaching had me playing songs right off the bat. His teaching practices are very clear and understandable, as are his CD lessons. He really makes it easy (even for someone with no musical background!). He is patient with questions, slows down and repeats things when you need him to and does not make you feel like a beginner. I have not yet been playing a year but I have quite a few songs and hymns that I can play successfully."
    Diane Dombrowski, Ohio
  2. "Thank you so much for conducting the dulcimer workshop last weekend at Touchstone. I learned so much. You are a fantastic musician who knows how to communicate your love of music to others. You made us all feel at ease and gave us the feeling that anyone can learn music. You certainly impart much information in a weekend and send us home with a desire to practice and learn all that we can. For all those who might be reading this and wondering if they should try to learn this instrument, take a class from Brett and you will be very glad you did."
    Susan Blackburn, Indiana
  3. "Professional and personable teaching method has enabled me to ease into the next level of playing, adding embellishments, which in turn has inspired me to practice even more! Brett, you are such a good communicator. I’m looking forward to another round of quality materials! The Band Club is a unique opportunity and we are blessed to have such an accomplished musician as our teacher! Mr. Ridgeway creates an atmosphere that is supportive and fun. His amiable personality puts the students at ease and his style of teaching instills confidence and brings out the best in everyone. He sincerely cares about individual progress as well as the cohesion of the band as a whole."
    Donna Schipani, Pennsylvania
  4. "Brett’s enthusiasm and love for music fueled me to not only pick the guitar back up, but also learn two new instruments – the mountain dulcimer and the banjo. I have thoroughly enjoyed our group classes as well as the rare one on one lesson that I’ve received from him. Every week he is just as excited to teach as we are to learn. His style of teaching is very flexible and creative. He is very knowledgeable, yet open to input from students, which may help his creative flow continue to flourish. I would recommend Brett as an instructor for people of any age looking to find their joy through music. We’re never too old too learn and absolutely never too old to have fun doing it. Brett has been a wonderful teacher."
    Dana Plagens, Ohio
  5. "My lessons with Brett exceeded my expectations. From the very first song Brett played for me at my first lesson, I knew I had the right teacher. Brett is an accomplished musician and knows how to bring out the beauty, and excitement, in a song. As a teacher, Brett created an environment that made me feel comfortable and confident about my playing and my progression as a student. Brett is also patient and has tailored his instruction to my particular goals. Because of this, I have rapidly improved my technique, increased my versatility, and my list of songs! Would I recommend Brett Ridgeway? You bet! I recently traveled one and a half hours, one way, in a snowstorm, to make my evening lesson. I love my instrument and love my lessons!"
    Kathleen Vernon, Ohio
  6. "If you are considering lessons with Brett Ridgeway, don't do it unless you are looking for a teacher who can adapt his teaching style to match the student's learning style, is patient and not condescending. I have been taking hammer dulcimer lessons with Brett for 6 months and am amazed at the number of songs I have learned already. He balances the lessons between teaching how to just play a song, how to care for your instrument and other playing techniques that allow even a beginner to play with others. A number of times when I would come for a lesson somewhat discouraged at myself, and he will help boost my confidence by teaching me something new. I would highly recommend him for music lessons."
    Chris Ontko, Ohio