21 Salem Ave SE, Roanoke, VA 24011 Phone: 540-982-6686


Our friendly and skilled teaching staff has over 50 years of combined experience, and are here to help you learn to play like the pros. We offer lessons on a variety of instruments, including:

  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Electric Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Banjo
  • Mandolin
  • Fiddle
  • Hammered Dulcimer
  • Lap Dulcimer
  • Ukulele
  • Harmonica
  • Upright Bass
  • Voice

Lessons are 30-minute, one-on-one sessions held in our lesson studios above our retail location in Downtown Roanoke.  At a cost of only $17 per lesson, it’s hard to beat the individual attention you’ll get from your instructor.  Lessons are available Monday-Saturday, times may vary.

To schedule lessons, call 540-342-3884 or email us at: info@fretmill.com

Please leave your name, your phone number(s), the instrument you wish to learn and let us know a good time to reach you by phone.

Meet The Instructors:

Phil Holland

     Phil began teaching guitar when he was 16 years old, traveling to each students home. After attending college, he returned to Roanoke and taught music at his own location for several years. Phil has been the Music Director/Lesson Coordinator at Fret Mill Music Co. for many years. He has played with some of Roanoke’s biggest bands in his career. Whether you want to learn to play rhythm guitar, learn to jam, or just play along with your favorite songs; Phil can help you. He is a very versatile teacher who is capable of teaching the country style of Hank Williams, to the Beatles; or even Metallica. His musical tastes range from Les Paul to Joe Satriani; as well as the new Christian rock bands. Phil teaches by note, tablature and ear.  We hope you will come by and join the fun of learning with one of Roanoke’s most popular teachers!

     Phil is teaching Monday-Thursday and Saturdays and is now accepting student for guitar and bass.

Wes Chappell

     Wes began playing music on the family piano, then moved on to providing vocals for local rock bands. In college he discovered string instruments and has never looked back. For the past 20 years Wes has played hammer dulcimer, mandolin, bouzouki, pennywhistle, theremin and anything else he can get his hands on. Wes currently plays with national touring act “No Strings Attached” as well as local Celtic favorites “Second Wynde”. He has been teaching at Fret Mill for over 20 years, specializing in many unusual instruments.

     Wes is teaching Monday – Thursdays and is now accepting students for guitar, bass, hammered and lap dulcimer, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, ukulele, harmonica, autoharp and many other instruments.

Terry Hannabass

     Terry has been playing music from a young age and has been teaching since 1994.  He played in local band Whitehorse for 16 years, and more recently with the band “Fuzzy Logic”. He has done well in numerous competitions, including 1st place at the Galax Fiddlers convention and the East Coast Championships in banjo. He also placed second at the Vinton Bluegrass Festival on dobro, and second on banjo at the State Competitions in Crewe, Virginia.

     Terry is teaching on Tuesday evenings and accepting students for banjo, fiddle, guitar, dobro and mandolin.


Cheryl Lunsford

Cheryl is a professional musician, singer/songwriter, and Guitar contest winner. She holds a degree in music and is one of the leading ladies of Flatpicked Guitar.  Tune up Today with Cheryl!

“Guitarist Picks Her way to the top.” The Front Porch, C. Benson

“Lunsford is serious about teaching music…” Lindsey Wray, Roanoke Times & World News

Cheryl is currently teaching on Thursdays and Fridays and accepting students for both guitar and voice.


David Cannaday

David Cannaday offers instruction on Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass, Lap Dulcimer, Autoharp and Dobro.

David started teaching at 15 years old. He has worked in music stores and teaching studios ever since. David plays with his own variety band “Stairwell” that offers country, bluegrass and oldies rock & roll. He is also a member of bluegrass band “Southern Rail Express”. Plus works as a sideman with many other groups as well.

David has produced many recordings including his own “Inheritance Bluegrass Band with special guest Dan Tyminski”. “Virginia Bluegrass Sampler – Carry Me Back To Old Virginia”. And the most current “Alleghany Rails – A Collection of Railroad Folk Songs From Virginia’s Rail Heritage Region”.