Martin Grosswendt

Country blues, bottleneck and finger-busting guitar, offered up with powerful voice, deep soul and wry humor

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November Workshop at Shaker Meadows Bed and Breakfast

I am pleased to let you know that I will be teaching a three-day guitar workshop at the lovely Shaker Meadows Bed and Breakfast in New Lebanon, NY on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2018.   I am also honored (although saddened) that it will be the final workshop offered at Shaker Meadows.  Over the years, […]

Students Wanted!

Lessons available on various instruments in multiple genres near Providence, in Jamaica Plain, online, and at the Music Emporium!


Martin loves to pass the music along.  He is a passionate, committed teacher who goes the extra mile to make sure his students get what they need and enjoy the getting.

Private lessons
Martin gives one-on-one instruction on acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and Cajun accordion.  His teaching covers a range of genres, from acoustic blues and electric country guitar to old time and Cajun.  He maintains active teaching practices in Providence, RI and Boston, MA. He also teaches via Skype and FaceTime.  Visit the Contact page to ask about private lessons.

Martin is available for single- or multiple-day workshops as his travel and teaching schedule allow.  He has given workshops on Bottleneck Guitar, Blues Mandolin, Clawhammer and Dock Boggs-style Banjo, Blues on the Banjo, East Coast Blues, Delta Blues, and many other topics.  Frequently, workshop organizers will conclude a program with a concert by Martin.

Music Camps
Martin is a popular instructor at numerous adult music camps, including The Centrum Acoustic Blues Workshop and Festival in Port Townsend, Washington, WUMB’s Summer Acoustic Music Week at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire; Guitar Intensives in Bar Harbor, Maine; Banjo, Mandolin and Old Time Music Camps North in central Massachusetts; Common Ground on the Hill in Westminster, Maryland; Augusta Heritage Center’s Blues and Swing Week in Elkins, West Virginia, and the Euroblues Workshop in the U.K.

Here are some things that Martin’s students have said about him as a teacher.

“You taught me so much more than a song.  More like an attitude to learning to play.”

“Your patience is a wonder!  I’ve learned a lot about guitar and how to approach difficult challenges.”

“Great teaching!”

“Thanks so much for the clearest instruction I’ve ever had on finger picking.”

“You are a patient, positive force . . . a supportive and unflappable teacher.  Thanks for being a superb teacher and touching my life.”

“What a great class!  A big stretch for my skill level.  You made this advanced material so accessible to me.”

“Come back next year.  I need to learn slide.”

“Your patient encouragement and respect have certainly helped build my confidence as a new player.  I look forward to studying with you again.”

“What a great gift you have — such patience, simplicity and willingness to take a chance.”