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Stevie Coyle

Fingerstyle guitarist Stevie Coyle co-founded the popular contemporary string band the Waybacks. He has also been an actor, comedian, sword-swallower, and now, a guitar store owner. At Peghead Nation, he'll show you the ins and outs of Fingerstyle Guitar.

Teja Gerken

Guitarist Teja Gerken has been deeply involved with the contemporary fingerstyle guitar scene for more than 20 years. A Peghead Nation co-founder and producer, Teja hosts the cream of the crop of the fingerstyle guitar community in his Advanced Fingerstyle Workshop.

Mark Goldenberg

Mark Goldenberg is a guitarist who has played on records for numerous artists, including Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Eels, Natalie Imbruglia, Chris Isaak, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Peter Frampton, and, yes, William Shatner. He played lead guitar for Jackson Browne from 1994 to 2010. Mark teaches the Guitar Chord Theory course.

Orville Johnson

Orville Johnson is a Seattle-based singer, instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, session player, teacher, and, above all, instinctive and sensitive musician. He's also Peghead Nation's blues guitar guru, teaching the Blues Guitar and Fingerstyle Blues Guitar courses. 

Tony McManus

Tony McManus is recognized throughout the world as one of the leading guitarists in Celtic music, adept at both fingerstyle and flatpicking, as well as a myriad of styles, including classical and baroque music played on the steel-string guitar. Tony teaches the Celtic Guitar course on Peghead Nation.

Scott Nygaard

Grammy-winning guitarist Scott Nygaard is one of the most inventive and original flatpicking guitarists in the bluegrass/acoustic music scene. In addition to being a co-founder and the editor of Peghead Nation, Scott teaches the Flatpicking Guitar, Roots and Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar, and Weekly Guitar Workout courses.

Adrianne Serna

Adrianne is an in-demand guitar teacher in Marin County, California, where she specializes in teaching beginning guitarists to play and sing the songs they love. Join her in the Beginning Guitar course here on Peghead Nation.

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Mike Witcher

With his gorgeous tone, dead-on intonation, and unrelenting musical creativity, Mike Witcher is one of the best resonator guitar players in the world. At Peghead Nation, he can get you started on the resophonic guitar in Beginning Dobro and/or help you take your playing to the next level in Dobro Workshop.

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Marcy Marxer

Marcy Marxer is a multi-instrumentalist, studio musician, performer, songwriter, and producer with 30 years of experience and a shelf of impressive awards. She's also a tireless ambassador for her beloved ukulele. She'll get you started with the mighty dancing flea in her Peghead Nation Ukulele course.

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Mike Compton

Mike Compton is a Grammy- and IBMA award-winning artist and a passionate teacher and advocate for the mandolin. Mandolin Magazine calls him "a certified mandolin icon." Mike will teach you traditional bluegrass mandolin in his Monroe-Style Mandolin course.

Marla Fibish

One of the prominent voices on the mandolin in Irish music, Marla Fibish brings a musicality and excitement to the tradition that is not often heard on the mandolin. Marla will teach you to play with a traditional Irish feel and authenticity in her Irish Mandolin course.

Sharon Gilchrist

Sharon Gilchrist has performed and/or recorded with Darol Anger, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet, Uncle Earl, and many other luminaries in the acoustic music scene, on both mandolin and upright bass. She'll get you started out right in our Beginning Mandolin course and keep you going in Intermediate Bluegrass Mandolin.

John Reischman

John Reischman is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation, a master instrumentalist capable of swinging between re-inventions of traditional old-time tunes, deconstructions of the bluegrass repertoire, and compelling original tunes. John teaches some of his favorite tunes in his Melodic Mandolin Tunes course.

Joe K. Walsh

Known for his exemplary tone, technique, and taste, Berklee College of Music mandolin instructor Joe K. Walsh is emerging as one of the best mandolinists of his generation. At Peghead Nation, he explores the entire gamut of contemporary mandolin music and technique in The Advancing Mandolinist.

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Bill Evans

Bill Evans is an internationally recognized five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer, and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity, and contagious passion to all things banjo. Here at Peghead Nation, you can get started on the banjo in his Beginning Banjo course or hone your bluegrass chops in Bluegrass Banjo - or both!

Evie Ladin

Evie Ladin’s polyrhythmic clawhammer banjo style, resonant voice, and percussive dance have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Here at Peghead Nation, Evie teaches the Clawhammer Banjo course.

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Brittany Haas

Preternaturally adept at old-time, bluegrass, Celtic, and a host of international fiddle styles, Brittany Haas is one of the most influential fiddlers of her generation. In Peghead Nation's Fiddle Styles Workshop, Brittany hosts some of the best fiddlers on the planet as they demonstrate their individual styles with cool and unusual tunes. 

Chad Manning

Bluegrass, old-time, and swing fiddler Chad Manning plays with the David Grisman Sextet, the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, and Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands. An avid instructor, having taught hundreds of young fiddlers in the fiddle studio he shares with his wife, Chad shares his secrets in Peghead Nation's Bluegrass Fiddle and Beginning/Intermediate Fiddle courses.

Bruce Molsky

Bruce Molsky is "one of America's premier fiddling talents" (Mother Jones) and a two-time Grammy nominee. The first permanent visiting professor in Berklee College of Music's American Roots Program, Bruce is the go-to guy for the next generation of fiddlers. He teaches the Old-Time Fiddle course here at Peghead Nation.

Dale Russ

Martin Hayes’ assessment of Dale Russ as “one of the greatest fiddlers I know in Irish traditional music” is shared by all who hear him. Dale has been playing Irish fiddle since his move in 1973 from his native Connecticut to Washington State, where he is now regarded as “the shining jewel of Northwest fiddle players.” He teaches Peghead Nation's Irish Fiddle course.

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Peghead Nation’s String School is your source for roots music instruction, bringing you full courses in guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, fiddle, and Dobro, featuring talented instructors, high-quality video instruction, accurate notation and tab, and fun songs to play right from the beginning. Enroll and become a Peghead today!





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Jul 23, 2017
The L.A.-based songwriter plays one of his original songs from his album “Tenderheart.”