Teo Quale

Phone Number: 510-619-5313

County: Alameda



I’m available to teach mandolin, guitar, uke and fiddle lessons. I am happy to meet in my Alameda backyard or meet you online through Zoom/Skype/Facetime. I learned by ear and also teach by ear. If you’ve learned by reading, that’s ok. It may take a little time to get your ears used to learning this way, but it can and will happen! I’m a very patient teacher and really enjoy teaching.

I charge $25/hour.


Teo Quale is a multi-instrumentalist from Alameda, CA who has been delighting audiences with his inventive playing. Teo is a fearless picker, playing with both a rhythmic and melodic creativity that never abandons the groove. He has had the privilege of playing with many phenomenal musicians including Sean Watkins, John Reischman, George Cole, and bands Sideline Bluegrass Band and Special Consensus. In 2019, Country Music Legend Marty Stuart invited Teo and his brother, Miles, to perform with him and his band, His Fabulous Superlatives, at Ryman Auditorium. They also performed at the Grand Ole Opry in August 2019. Teo is a co-founder of the bands, Crying Uncle and Jubilee.

Teo is also an accomplished contest fiddler and picker, having won several picking contests in California and nationally in fiddle. On mandolin, Teo holds 1st Place in the 2018 Open Division CA State Picking Contest. In 2019, he was a runner-up in the mandolin category at Freshgrass Music Festival in Massachusetts. No slouch on fiddle, Teo is a 2-time National Fiddle Champion in the Jr. Jr. division in Weiser, Idaho (2019, 2018) and placed in the Top 3 in the 2019 Youth Grand Master Fiddlers Championship in Nashville, TN. He is also the current CA State Fiddle Contest 2019 Champion of the Jr. Jr. Division.

At the age of 3, Teo began his fiddle studies with Catherine Manning of Manning Music in Berkeley, CA and and now studies fiddle with 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion Tristan Clarridge of The Bee Eaters.  He also began mandolin studies at the age of 8 with nationally renowned mandolin player Sharon Gilchrist and currently studies with mandolinist Mike Marshall. Teo is an avid yo-yoer and hopes to be a professional basketball player one day.