David Joel Guitar Studio

David Joel Guitar Studio

5.0 (7)
1 employee
22 years in business

About this pro

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!

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Philadelphia, PA 19149
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7 Reviews


  • Paul B

    David is the "real deal" for students who are serious about studying the guitar and seeing results in their playing technique and musicality. His teaching methodology is well vetted and draws upon his experience as both a Berklee instructor and professional musician. I've studied several different instruments over the years and David ranks among the best teachers I've worked with.

  • Torin

    I was new to guitar and had very little musical experience before practicing with David, but working with David quickly turned into one of the highlights of my week. He was patient and exacting, supportive and motivating. His teaching style helped me grasp the basics of reading as well as playing music. From him I've "learned how to fish" and I'm grateful for our time together. I would still be his student but for the fact that I am moving out of the east coast. If you are in the market for a great guitar teacher, look no further; you've found one!

  • Daniel Strohl

    Phenomenal teacher. I had years of study and schooling before joining David as a student and I think we made more progress in two years than I had made in the decade prior. Lessons were fun and David really cared that I was getting the most value out of my time and money. I cant recommend David highly enough.

  • Daniel Strohl

    David is a phenomenal teacher. He quickly diagnosed my skill level and knowledge base, and we moved forward from there. I had quite a bit of experience before studying with David but had let some of those skills atrophy. David made me significantly better guitar player and musician than I had ever been before. He cared about my progress and me getting the most of out the experience. Beyond being a great musician and teacher, David is a wonderful human being. I cant recommend working with him enough!

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