David Joel Guitar Studio

David Joel Guitar Studio

5.0Exceptional(15 reviews)


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!


1 employee
25 years in business
Serves Philadelphia , PA

Payment methods

Cash, Check, Zelle

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Musical styles

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

Guitar style

Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, 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

60 minutes

Student's age

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

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  • Reviews

    0 reviews

    patricia B.

    I wanted an instructor who focused on the instrument and music theory, not genre. And that’s exactly what I got.
    Mr. Joel is patient and understanding. He is also quite honestly supportive.
    Now, I can play the guitar, read music, know what I’m playing in tabs and figure out progressions by ear. So, I’m a happy student. Really, I am a guitarist.🙌🏽
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    August 15, 2023

    JP W.

    David is fantastic! Not only is he a world-class musician, but David has an incredible talent for recognizing & guiding students to their full potential.
    His attention to detail paired with his warm demeanor makes for an excellent learning experience. You will become a better player than you ever thought possible and have a great time along the way!
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    October 17, 2021

    Samuel N.

    I studied with Dave for a little over 2 years. He is an excellent teacher who can meet you where you are at and achieve your goals. He has a highly specific method that I sense he created both from the years he spent at Berklee (both studying and teaching) as well as his own years of developing his teaching philosophy.
    Dave will take you back to the beginning to fix bad habits that plague most guitar players who never learned properly. It might feel slow at first but the progress it is able to unlock is more than worth it. Whether you want theory, technique, or help with sight reading and ear training, or even music notation and composition, Dave can help. How much you put in is how much you get out, because Dave can always provide you with more and more materials.
    An added fun bonus is you will be regaled with stories and anecdotes about the jazz world, which Dave has experienced more than his fair share of after a career of learning and gigging!
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    October 12, 2021

    Serg E.

    David has Great music and life experience. He cares about teaching deeply and gave some really important skills and foundation.
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    May 20, 2021

    Eric W.

    The passion and intensity that emanates from David Joels guitar playing and teaching can be felt by his students. I improved so quickly in regards to theory comprehension, soloing, and improvisation when I was working with him He has expanded my musical horizons as well as increased my love for the instrument. He tailored a teaching style around my individual goals and pushed me to be a better guitar player.
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    May 07, 2021

    Jonathan F.

    When I came to David’s studio I had about 25 years of guitar experience that was based mostly on intuition and guess work. David was able to discern what I was capable of from what I needed to learn and fine tune. With his thorough knowledge of music theory and cross-genre technique David was able to transform my understanding of the guitar from reading music to writing it with confidence. If you are seeking a deep understanding of this instrument David Joel is the person to turn to.
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    April 30, 2021

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