Finger Picking Folk Guitar

Finger Picking Folk Guitar

5.0 (12)
Best of 2023
7 hires on
56 years in business

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I love teaching guitar and have taught for 50 years. I began playing guitar at age nine. At age eighteen I studied classical guitar at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem under Joseph Yerushalmi. I also began at that time to teach guitar. In 1970 at age twenty-one I opened ‘The Guitar Studio’ in Bloomington Indiana and continued teaching 40 students per week. It was during this time that I wrote my method book for acoustic guitar called “Fingerpicking Folk Guitar”. My students find this method easy to use, make rapid progress, and can actually start playing guitar and accompany songs within the first few weeks. The book is composed as sequentially progressive studies for my students from the very beginning to advanced players. It is a 'By-Ear' approach to playing folk guitar. The technique taught is based solidly in the ‘Segovia School’ of classical guitar technique. The Folk Music genres taught are ‘Old Time’, ‘Bluegrass’, ‘Country’, ‘World Music’, and Irish. At age twenty-seven I continued classical guitar study at the IU School of Music for four years under Janos Starker. Today I play regularly with the NorthIndy Irish Sessions, Indy Old Time Sessions, at Bloomington Contra Dances and Farmer’s Markets, for Weddings and Events, and the Bloomington Farm Tour. Lessons are 90 minutes with breaks.  I teach in Bloomington.

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Bloomington, IN 47404
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12 Reviews


  • Mary Frances

    Dan. He is magnificent and makes the experience the same. Couldn’t be more pleased.

  • Catherine Baum-Newlin

    Dan is so knowledgeable and has an obvious love of sharing the craft and art of folk music. Great teacher as well. Thanks, Dan.

  • Melynne Klaus

    I originally started lessons with Dan in a group class. After ‘graduating’ from the group class, I have continued in individual lessons for the last 2+years. Dan is a tremendous teacher. He tailors his lessons and customizes the songs learned to match with student interest. He is also patient during times when I cannot practice as much as I would like (life can be busy with three little children). Additionally, he provides instruction on good technique for playing the guitar. This is a brand new instrument for me, but I have learned so much from his methodology and enjoy playing the guitar so much – all thanks to Dan! He is a wonderful teacher. You can’t go wrong, especially if you want to learn how to play with finger picking the guitar.

  • Kent Honeycutt

    I've been Dan's student for over a year. I am an older fellow who played a little self-taught guitar (poorly) and I have no formal musical training. Dan is a very experienced guitar teacher. He is knowledgeable and patient and recognizes very quickly my problems and mistakes. Futhermore he can offer practical solutions to my guitar difficulties. Dan is my only experience with musical instruction, so I have no comparisons to offer. But overall I am very pleased with his teaching and can provide my very strong recommendation.

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