I'm a former Berklee College of Music Instructor with my master's from New England Consrevatory and my bachelor's from Berklee. I've been a professional musician for 38 years, writing and playing all kinds of music - classical, rock, pop, world music, blues, jazz, jazz fusion, etc ; )
The approach I offer to guitar and music instruction is extremely methodical, thorough and fun! Teaching for almost 35 years, I've learned and observed the necessity for students to really learn their basics - reading sheet music, learning excellent technique, all essentail chord forms, music theory and its application, scales, Blues, soloing, solo guitar and playing tunes. I take my students step by step and piece by piece, as far as they would like to go and always make certain they understand and can apply what they learn.
I enjoy helping others really learn music in a way that they eventually "own" their own abilities and if they work hard enough, can begin to create their own sytle or "thumbprint" of playing. I like to help people take apart songs, solos and pieces and put them back together so they get a strong certainty as to how music works. It's pleasure to see my students grow and win know that I've helped them make their accomplishment to their next creative vista!
After briefly studying the guitar as a teenager, 6 months of lessons at the back of a music store, with rudiments of solfège learned at school, I thought I was able to play. But I had never listened or taken quite the time to push myself for more than okay. I had never had the discipline and proper guidance to learn music and the instrument. So after many years of noodling I decided that either I would stop playing or I would give myself a chance and improve. That’s when I contacted David. David was my professor for almost three years. The only reason I stopped my lessons is that I had to relocate. I would still be his student otherwise. I remember our first lesson, the reintroduction to the instrument, notes, music. A part of me thought “I know that”. But I didn’t. I just kind of knew. So with David, we got back to the fundamentals of music (reading and theory) and of the instrument technique and specificities. You will read and play scales. And you’ll enjoy it. You’ll play music from the method book and play the tunes you like. The method book looks a bit daunting at first. It is the greatest tool and its transformative powers will grow on you. David is passionate about music and about your learning, you’ll probably have to let him know sometimes that you got his points. He is a professional, educated in the best music schools and willing to share is immense knowledge with you. Music is demanding and fun. So is David. When my frustrations arose he was always persistent and supportive, getting me to overcome my blockages, defusing my tension with humor and his kind perspective on life. He is always available during the week for questions and he is an unlimited source of music and advice. David is genuinely interested in you, as a fellow human being. Overall, I think that you’ll only learn as much as the mindful time you put into your practice. And to achieve your goals you need to aim high and keep at it steadily. David helps you do that. Through his knowledge, support, care, insights, encouragements as well as the discipline he gently requires. I have definitely made significant improvements on all levels. Precision, touch, rhythmic accuracy, feel, improvisation, reading, self confidence. I can say I enjoy myself much more and feels I am a much better musician thanks to David. Folks, if you are serious about your playing, David will get you where you want to be. Have fun playing!
David’s teaching style and personality have made things very enjoyable and rewarding for me. I played guitar as a teenager and took over a 20-year hiatus, never picking up a guitar during that time. I wanted to start playing again and I was looking for an experienced, professional teacher to help me get back in to playing. David Joel is exactly the teacher I was looking for. He has given me the solid foundation I needed and continues to build on that with each lesson. He’s helped demystify music theory for me and has shown me how to apply it to the fret board. Playing guitar and taking lessons is something I will never regret. I would encourage anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to play, or wants to take their playing to another level to take lessons from David. I think you will find it as rewarding as I have.
David is a patient knowledgeable teacher and is very encouraging. He knows how to evaluate his student's knowledge base, and make sure the student understands the basics. Once the basic skills are there, he focuses on what the student wants to learn. I have tried other teachers, and am sorry I didn't find David sooner! There is no comparison between my experience with David and the others. If you want to play guitar the choice is simple.