David First

David First

5.0Exceptional(7 reviews)
Offers online services
Offers online services


I'm a composer, performer and teacher, written up in Pitchfork, The Village Voice, Guitar Player, and NYTimes, who makes it fun for beginners and fully develops the advanced. I teach all styles and desires, from songwriters who are interested in developing their creativity/improv skills, to those who'd love to play their favorite songs. I teach electric and bass guitar, midi and computer recording, fingerpicking, songwriting, noise, improvisation, rocking out, psychedelic sonic landscapes, blues, funky stuff, alternative tuning, various jazz-avant theories, guilty pop pleasures and ???


Hired 15 times
1 employee
37 years in business
Serves New York , NY
Offers online services

Payment methods

Cash, Venmo


Musical styles

Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Recommendations available

Guitar style

Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Recommendations available

Has instrument

Student who have a guitar, Student who don't have a guitar, but are planning to purchase one

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Students who can read music staff, Students who can read guitar tabs, Students who cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old


0 reviews

Jeff R.

February 01, 2020
Hired on Lessons

Batya R.

January 29, 2019
Hired on Lessons

Anjali N.

David is an awesome teacher - hes really quick at figuring out where your strengths and weakness lie and creating specific exercises to improve your playing. Hes also got interesting perspectives on music and is a really nice guy!
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January 12, 2018


Davids an incredibly gifted teacher that I recommend to guitarists of all levels. In just a few lessons his technique laid the groundwork for being a more competent and cognizant musician, and after 6 months the change in my playing was dramatic.
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January 11, 2018

Kurt W.

David combines teaching the fundamental techniques with showing me how to play the songs that I actually /want/ to play. Both aspects are being taught with great professionalism as well as a good dosage of fun. I can only highly recommend him!
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January 10, 2018

Liz N.

David is a fantastic teacher. He is extremely attentive and very adaptable to what you want as a student. I had no previous guitar experience and needed to learn basics for a show and he made it happen. I highly recommend him!
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January 09, 2018

Services offered

Bass Guitar
Music Theory