Debbie D.

WOW! What a GREAT find!  Dave is an amazing teacher. He is unassuming and unintimidating and has the great gift of encouragement that makes you want to learn more.  His "just practice 5 minutes a day" regime is genius because the things he gives you to practice are so fun that the 5 minutes quickly turns into 10, then 20, then 30.....


Cool photo by some chick

Do you really like working with beginners?

Beginners are a total blast! So much fun!!!

 

So, seriously, you'll teach me even though I know nothing?

Absolutely. I've done it countless times. Just check out my Yelp reviews. Most of those people started from scratch. Not only that, but I'm prepared to help complete beginners. From showing you how to strum, play chords, and even how to tune your guitar, I've got your back.

I also have made it a priority to have all of the learning materials you need ready to go as soon as you are ready to tackle songs. I've got a ton of photos, videos, and ridiculously gorgeous song sheets to help you learn this instrument. Very few teachers can match the value of these materials. I know for certain you'll learn very quickly.

If you know nothing about guitar and want to learn, I'm happy to help. Honored.

 

Isn't it hard to learn guitar when you learn from a teacher that isn't in the same room?

I think it's easier. I have worked with complete beginners in face-to-face lessons for over a decade before I went to Skype. The transition wasn't hard because the process for learning guitar is exactly the same for either format.

If you're curious, I explain the process of learning via Skype guitar lessons here.

 

I'm in front of a computer screen for my job, a lot. Why would I want to learn guitar with you over Skype?

Wait a minute! What makes you think that I'm no different than your co-workers? Your clients? Your boss?!? Really?!?!? You're gonna do that to me?!? I'm here to help you have fun, not suck the fun out of your life! Keep in mind:

  1. You're not the one working; I am. I'm the one who bends over backwards so you learn, not you!
  2. I have years of experience helping tons of other beginners just like you, and the lessons are no different in person as they are over Skype.
  3. You don't need to fight traffic. You won't waste time on your commute, and you can spend that extra time simply chilling out.
  4. You can pat yourself on the back for making a conscious, though small, step to being more environmentally friendly.

These are but a few of the great benefits of learning guitar remotely! I'm not your boss, believe me. I'm just a guy who wants to help you learn.

 

What if the video quality is blurry?

Skype recommends that you have 1.5 mbps up and down for HD video. I have upgraded my internet to being far above this, so all you need to get is that 1.5 up and down. If you're unsure, go here to test the speed of your internet connection.

Even if your screen is blurry, I can still tell by the sound of your playing how you are doing (10,000 hours will do that to you), and I can still help you.

 

How do I know that you're the right teacher for me?

Only you can know for sure. I can point to my reputation, or perhaps a bachelors and masters degree in music, but only you will know if I'm a good fit. If you have a good gut feeling after your first lesson, you'll love taking lessons with me.

 

What is the first lesson like?

Your first lesson with me is specifically about us getting to know each other. After we have had a chance to talk and get all of our expectations in the open, we'll work on some guitar stuff.

 

How long do you expect me to practice, outside of lessons?

Five minutes, each day.

 

How do I book my first lesson?

Pick initial lesson, and choose a time:

 

Do you do group lessons?

No, sorry! Group lessons are super dissatisfying to teach.

 

Can I reserve a time each week to work with you?

Yes, absolutely. Just email me to set up a time, or ask me about it in your initial lesson. If you can't find a slot, you can sign up for my waitlist.

 

What is your cancellation policy?

Please cancel your lesson by using the online scheduling service more than 24 hours before your lesson, and I'll issue a refund shortly thereafter. No emailing, no calling, no hassles.

I recommend reading my policies before you book your first lesson.

 

What if I forget about my lesson?

This is super uncool. I don't refund for forgetfulness.

 

Do you offer gift certificates?

Nope! Sorry! Also, no gifts. Please just book your own lessons.

 

Do you offer discounts?

I offer a welcome gift: $45 each for your first four weekly lessons with me (you need to lock down a slot to get that discount). Other than that, no. I firmly believe that you get what you pay for. When you work with me, you'll get a lot:

  • Playalong videos of songs
  • Gorgeous PDFs of songs
  • Superbly effective skill building courses (like strumming for example).
  • A follow up email after each lesson
  • Full email support
  • An amazing teacher who has your back.

Also, I hold two degrees in guitar performance, one of which was a top institution for music in the world, but I only help beginners. I dislike working with advanced guitarists! Again, you get what you pay for. If you want a great experience, go with me!

 

Do you teach children?

Nope! Sorry. I think there are great teachers out there who can help children, and I am not one of them. But adults? Preferred!

 

Do you teach intermediates?

Yes! I love to help intermediates refine their technique. Here's what I can do for you:

  • Strumming and/or rhythm
  • Basic open chords and playing them with less tension
  • Changing chords while strumming
  • Playing barre chords
  • Playing power chords
  • Fingerpicking
  • Playing by ear
  • Improvising
  • How to become an extremely popular guitar teacher

 

What are your expectations of your students?

I expect five minutes of practice each day, enthusiasm, and presence.

Practice is necessary for progress, but you can slide with five minutes, minimum. If it weren’t for enthusiasm, teaching lessons would be a complete drag. Do you want to work with an unenthusiastic teacher? Also, presence: When you're in the lesson, be there. Turn off the phone, leave the outside world for a bit, and fully engage with the material.

 

Do you require students to perform?

Most students don't want to perform, and I can't blame them for it, so, no. Besides, it's possible for a person to learn guitar without performing. After all, I've taught hundreds of beginners how to do it.

 

Do you require students to learn music theory, or to learn to read music?

No. I only teach what you ask me to teach you. If you'd like to get down and dirty with music theory or reading music, I'll help you.

 

I just want to learn to play a bunch of songs. That's it. That would make me happy. Are you cool with that?

Sounds good to me. Keep in mind I will veto some songs if they are too much of a challenge for you, or because I draw the line when it comes to teaching Boston or showing you Stairway to Heaven.

 

Do you teach__________?

Beginners?

Bring it on! The less experience you have, the better.

Jazz guitar, shred guitar, or metal?

I know how to play these genres, but teaching them is another thing altogether. My answer is no.

Classic rock? 

Short answer: Nope.

Long answer: My very first job was as a dishwasher at a Chili's in Rochester, NY. Guess what they played non-stop and at full blast in the kitchen?!? This inspired a hatred of both Boston (the band, not the city) and Stairway to Heaven.

Blues guitar, finger-style guitar, finger-style blues guitar?

Not so much, sorry!

Songwriting? 

Songwriting is such an individual pursuit. Some people want to play guitar simply to create music on it. Others really enjoy just playing songs because that's enjoyable enough. My approach to teaching songwriting is similar to my approach to teaching music theory: If they ask, I'll help them out as best as I can.

Classical guitar? 

I don't offer courses in how to learn classical guitar.