Besides going out in public to play my music for you, I love teaching, both private lessons and group classes in a workshop format.


 Workshops: I've been teaching for the past 25 years at   some of the premier music workshops around the globe, including the International Guitar Seminar, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Port Townsend  Blues Week, Reso Summit in Nashville, EuroBlues in England, and others. I  usually do 4 or 5 of them in the summer so you can check the calendar page to see where I'll be this year. 

Lessons: I also give private lessons on dobro and guitar thru Dusty Strings in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood. You can talk to the folks at the shop to set up an account and be referred to me for lessons.

Online: You can also contact me directly for lessons. I'm available to do lessons on ZOOM for dobro and guitar. I charge $50 for a 30 minute lesson. If you'd like to set something up, send me an email to and we'll work it out. I also have lessons available on some great online websites at Peghead Nation,, and Acoustic Guitar Magazine's fine website.

In class at Guitar Intensives in Bar Harbor Maine



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Orville Johnson

Hey Everybody!- You may have noticed my calendar ends at the beginning of the pandemic. finally, three years later, gigs are becoming a reality again and I do have some things on the horizon. I'll begin posting here again soon, so I hope to see you in the near future in a live, human-to-human situation!

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