Bruce Gair lives in Haymarket, VA, and has picked 5-string Bluegrass banjo for over 40 years, starting while stationed in South America with the foreign service. Upon his return to the US, he took up teaching kids banjo for free. A retired trial lawyer, he has taught for the Fairfax County Recreation Dep’t, at music stores and now privately. He has conducted Bluegrass workshops at his home and at music stores in Virginia. Still working to hone Bluegrass skills, Bruce presently studies with bluegrass great David McLaughlin.
Bruce's students say:
“Bruce excels at teaching a combination of fundamentals, practical techniques, music theory, and when appropriate, advanced skills. Most importantly, he does it in a way that makes the learning process fun.”
“A wonderful teacher, always offering words of encouragement.”
“He is very patient. It is obvious that he loves music and loves to teach. I'm playing songs I never thought I would be doing. I owe all this to Bruce.”
“Bruce has an infectious and obvious passion which make learning all that easier and more fun. I struggled and almost gave up before I found Bruce. Thanks to his depth of knowledge, patience and enthusiasm, I am extremely satisfied.”
“He is the best! I am still amazed at the patience he has always shown with someone like me who has far more stamina than talent.”