Gus Macmillan is the founder of Melbourne's School of Banjo.
He has upward of 30 students at the moment, they range in age from 11 to 73, and they all go at their own pace - some come weekly, others fortnightly, some come in fits and starts... it's each according to their requirements.
He's used to teaching a range of abilities - either starting people from scratch, getting their picking fixed up right from the beginnning, and giving them things that they can play without too much hassle, so that it's not all hard work and no reward; or getting into more complex aspects of banjo improvisation techniques. Books and internet are a great resource but there's nothing that beats having someone showing you how to do it. He has a large selection of music that he gives to students as they progress, from all different sources, he tends to pick the best tunes from different books, and also give students a CD of the things they'll be playing, but nice and slow, so they can hear what's what. He'll also give you a compilation CD of some of his favourite banjo tunes. And if you have something that you want to learn to play, Gus can figure it out and if it's playable teach it to you. He also has a large lending library of bluegrass CDs and DVDs available for students to borrow.
Gus is happy to take on more students, if you're willing to give it a try. He charges $60 an hour, and he teaches in Brunswick West. He's happy to do weekends if you give lots of notice.
He currently performs with Hobson's Choice and Stretch 'n' the Truth as well as working as a composer for film, tv, theatre and dance. Check out all his other myspace sites
www.myspace.com/bluegrassyknoll and www.myspace.com/devilgoatfamilystringband, and www.myspace.com/gusmacmillan
Contact Gus on 0412964435