Coutant Guitar, Bass And Theory

Coutant Guitar, Bass And Theory

5.0 (1)
1 employee
10 years in business

About this pro

Without being too "technical" I can explain foundational aspects of playing your instrument to someone with little or no experience. We can get deeper into theory and details as the student feels comfortable with it.

I enjoy playing. Whatever else I'm doing, I'm going to want to stop and play music as much as I can. I love to write, to record, to perform, to teach. I love seeing the excitement on a person's face when it dawns on them that they now know how to play the guitar! 

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Whittier, CA 90606
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1 Review


  • Jeromy Furguiele

    I have been taking lessons from Dave for a couple years now. He knowledge of music and its structure is solid. This turns into lessons full of value.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I begin by assessing the student's current knowledge of music and what they are interested in learning.

From there, I will open a dialog with an overview of music theory, describing the western method of music notation, ie. the 7-note scale, sharps and flats, and basic rhythm. 

For guitar students, I will begin with basic chords on a standard G-tuned instrument, and we will work on transitioning between chords, and understanding their structure. 

For more advanced students we will discuss Major and minor scales, and more complex rhythmic patterns and strumming.

For bass guitar students, we will begin with scales and rhythms, and determine whether you want to be a "pick player" or use your fingers. 

For Ukulele students we will discuss the tuning of the instrument, and learn simple to complex chords and strumming.

For students interested in mainly theory, we will discuss the music "staff," key signatures, melody, harmony and rhythm, and how it relates to the piano keyboard.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have played professionally over the last twenty years, I've directed an "alternative choir" at church for the last 5 years, I've been giving private lessons for 3 years, and I am in the process of earning a music degree.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$20-$30/hr. All lessons online (Zoom) until further notice.

How did you get started teaching?

By request. People who have known me, who have seen me play, have asked if I would give lessons.

What types of students have you worked with?

From small children (5+) to adults. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have performed with the Cerritos College applied program's Band 1 for the last three semesters as bass guitarist, and am starting my final semester as the lead guitarist. We were the first class to perform in the new Performing Arts Center at the college.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Understanding music happens in a lot of different ways. Talk with your potential instructor, see if they are able to explain things in a way that makes sense to you. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Be prepared to let your teacher know exactly where you are in your learning curve, and set yourself some realistic short-term goals. What do you want to be able to do that you can't right now?