Meet Rik Elswit

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Genres: All Genres
Instrument: Guitar & Banjo
Specialties: Bluegrass, Fingerpicking
Available Days: Thursdays & Saturdays in San Rafael


When booking a lesson with Rik, choose San Rafael, then the Instrument you would like, then choose the options for the lesson length you would like. Then choose "Pick a Staff Member first". 

Would you like to chat with Rik before booking a lesson? You can contact him by phone at (415) 601-6099 or email him at thumbpicker@sonic.net .


Lesson Rates

30 min : $40
60 min : $55

New Student Promo
Rik is offering a New Student Promo! After choosing your lesson day and time, proceed to checkout and choose the 4-pack of 30 minute lessons and use coupon code GET1FREE to receive 1 free lesson! Applicable to new students only and package must be paid in advance.



Meet Rik Elswit


Rik Elswit's first gig was at Little Pietro's Pizza Parlor, just off the USC campus, in 1965. He got free beer, a pizza, $10, and his career was set.

Moving to San Francisco just in time to miss the Summer of Love, he went to work teaching guitar and playing almost every bar in the Bay Area. He also did studio work, playing guitar on sessions that ranged from folk guitar for Shel Silverstein to Fender-bending for the electronic duo, Beaver and Krause, with more than a few ad agency jingles thrown in to help pay the rent. Shel introduced him to Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show in 1971 and he spent the next 15 years touring the world with them, and earning eight gold records.

Home from the road, he runs the acoustic guitar department at Bananas, plays countryesque music with Gayle Lynn and the Hired Hands, jazzesque music with Annie Z. and The Best She Could do, and writes for Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

Rik teaches ongoing lessons in flatpicking and fingerstyle acoustic guitar, slide guitar, and banjo, and a six-week course in enhanced practice and accelerated learning.

Need help booking a lesson? Email lessons@bananas.com or call us at (415) 457-7600 x 104
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