Dave's Music

Dave's Music

5.0 (5)
4 hires on Lessons.com
6 years in business

About this pro

Are you ready to start learning guitar? Dave’s Music offers online guitar and bass lessons to students around the globe. Lessons taught by instructor David Smitherman, offer a focused curriculum to take you from a beginer to a competent musician in the shortest time possible. It takes dilience and focus by students but they should expect quick progress.

I love to see students progress and enjoy themselves. 

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Gainesville, FL 32606
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5 Reviews


  • Matthew Winter

    Dave has been a terrific instructor. He is knowledgeable and patient, and explains theory alongside mechanics in a way that helps me learn and retain it. I have been trying to learn guitar for many years, and Dave's methods have kept me engaged in a way that I haven't been before. Hour long lessons are definitely a plus, and ensure that you can follow through on and grasp concepts that he is teaching before he leaves. Lessons in my home mean I don't spend time traveling, which is a huge plus especially with a family. Dave is always professional and timely, and works hard to accommodate busy schedules. I highly recommend Dave's Music if you are considering learning guitar.

  • Ella Nowicki

    My daughter is taking guitar lessons from Mr. David Smitherman since summer. She has been enjoying working with him and has made a lot of progress. He is very professional but at the same time he is teaching in a very fun and approachable way. My daughter really loves lessons with him. I love that he is coming for the lesson to our place and I don’t have to drive around town for the class . It was also easy to fit his schedule with our schedule. It is easy to get in touch with him if you need to reschedule the class. I highly recommend Mr. David Smitherman. He is the best teacher that we have ever had for guitar.

  • Jenna Ayoub

    He's such a great instructor! He's very personable and makes learning very fun.

  • Donnie Thomas

    I have been taking lessons from David for the past year. His teaching style is comprehensive and easy to understand. He takes you through the lesson plan step by step and makes it easy to understand. Whether you're a beginner. Intermediate, or advanced player, David will take your playing and understanding of music to the next level.

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

   I like to keep a fun and casual environment. The first lesson, which is a free, determines where you are in your music career. If this is your first time picking up the instrument, we will go over the very basics i.e. naming the parts of your guitar, bass, or, ukulele, learning some history, learning some important jargon, a quick lesson on how to read tab, and subsequently a chromatic scale to give you a drill to help build your coordination and strength. The drill feels a little tedious at first but the whole "walking before you can run" proverb still applies in the musical world and with a little practice you'll have it mastered in no time. We'll end learning a couple of open chords so you can have something fun to play before your next lesson and so your hands can begin to get used to chording. If you are a more advanced student we will asses where to begin and start from there. Of course, your more than welcome to ask any questions you can think of at anytime during any of our lessons. 

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

I was trained exclusively by Berklee University alumnus and former Santa Fe College professor Jeffery Ladenheim in the Berklee method for more than 7years. 

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

 Currently I am offering Guitar lessons (electric, acoustic, and classical) lessons for $40/1hr for a 5 lesson pack with priority scheduling.  Feel free to visit my website daves-music.com for more information. Or feel free to call, text, or email any questions or requests at (352)559-2191 and [email protected]

How did you get started teaching?

I have been teaching for years off and on. It's an absolute pleasure to watch someone grasp something, grow, and enjoy a new ability, especially the ability to express one's self through music. For the last year I have been a private consultant to Hoggtowne music as their Saturday guitar instructor, and have decided it's finally time to take the leap of opening a new business and take in new students. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all types of students. From every age group and every walk of life. That said my only restriction is that children be 7 years of age or older since, in my experience, the amount of time, focus, hand strength, and conceptual learning skills required tend to be overwhelming for younger children. If you have a younger child whose responsibly capable enough for lessons or you would like to have your younger child play something that requires less hand strength (like ukulele) for half hour lessons, please contact me to see if we can work something out. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Watching any student progress is absolutely wonderful! I had one of my younger students describe a musical composition to me (a twelve bar blues) and play it using various chord types and in multiple keys, I was overjoyed!  I see adults struggle with this kind of stuff. And even though my student doesn't realize it yet, he's pointed in a direction that will allow him to discover new musical nuances and develop musical creativity in the future. With practice he will get really good. 

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

Be sure they can help you progress at a moderate pace. They should have a firm grasp of the music theory behind what they do and be able to convey it to you plainly. In short, they should be able to play well, understand how and why they play  the way they do and be able to convey that information to you plainly and patiently in a consistent manner. 

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

Every student should have some idea of what their end goals are. This means having a vision for what you expect yourself to able to do in Music when you are done receiving lessons. In other words, have at least an idea of what type and styles of music you'd like to be able to play and how "good" you would like to become. But equally importantly is recognizing that your instructor, in this or any discipline, knows how best to get you to your goals and how long it may take. So be prepared to learn how they teach you as opposed to how you think "they should" teach you. Remembering all along if you knew best you wouldn't need a teacher in the first place.  I fully expect that most students will be surprised by their progress and find their goals changing with time, as they meet and exceed their previous ones.