I'm patient yet swift, and ntuitive.
I'll help you develop your ears and visual memory,
make sure you really get it and not just memorize stuff
I can show you how to play songs as well as how to figure them out for yourself
I'll teach you only what you want to learn and not waste your time
Learning to play music can be very empowering
I play guitar because you can play one note in an endless variety of ways
I'm great with beginners, I have an unsually systematic and fun teaching style, and I get great results
Dave is a patient instructor who not only teaches how to play the guitar, but also trains student's ears on how to tune a guitar without a tuner. He teaches all the different ways one can play a note. Also, he teaches the correct way to strum a guitar to obtain a more natural sound. His interdisciplinary approach includes the instruction of the technicalities of music (music sheets, octaves,etc) as well as the practical demonstration of those. He will not move on to the next subject until one truly understand the "why" and "how" of the previous lessons; this way he achieves that the student's knowledge is cemented from lesson to lesson.
I ask you what your goal is
I teach how to sit and hold the guitar properly, develop and maintain healthy habits
I make learning fun while staying focused and optimizing the time
I've been teaching on and off for over 20 years. I also teach English (TEFL) to foreign learners and tutor some grade school and some high school students in math/English/SAT prep
I've worked with students of all ages and backgrounds
My rate is on a sliding scale, it varies according to what students can afford
I'm also open to bartering for skills/services (website help, social media, marketing, etc.)
Kids in school used to ask me to teach them "The Clap" by Steve Howe when I was 14, I figured it out by ear
Much later, I learned my favorite and most difficult Jimi Hendrix solos ("Isabella" 8-18-69, "Hear My Train Coming" 2-24-69) by ear, and people asked me to teach them these, they're impossible to transcribe.. I was told I was an amazing teacher and that I should do it professionally
Beginners, of all ages, races, backgrounds, mostly younger people into rock music.
I'm especially good with kids, I'm respectful and encouraging and get students to really enjoy learning.
Discovering baritone guitars
Tell them exactly what you're looking for as a student
Have a guitar, or be prepared to buy one soon, so that you can practice and make progress in between lessons—so as to spend more time learning new stuff rather than reviewing at each new lesson
How often they can afford to come, time-wise and cost-wise
How much they can practice at home in between lessons