Martin D.

Martin D.

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3 Reviews
Clearwater, FL

Banjo

Levels Taught: Beginner - Intermediate

I teach 5-string, 4-string tenor and celtic, and 4-string plectrum banjo.

About Martin D.

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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99

Overview

I've been teaching professionally for over ten years and have taught over 200 students of all ages and backgrounds how to play. I've played mostly in rock bands but have also done Classical, Jazz, and Country projects. I play a wide selection of styles including Rock, Pop, Country, Ragtime, Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, Metal, Church, Renaissance, Punk, and Funk/Soul. (Everything from Bach to Rock to Bachrach). I graduated from the University of Maryland and Excelsior College.

*** Lesson Details ***
I listen closely to the student's wants and together we develop the approach that will help them reach their goals. I use a wide variety of methods from strict classical methods (such as Noad or Parkening) to simply teaching chords and "tabbing out" their favorite songs. However, I do make sure the student understands underlying theory and becomes a musician not a parrot. Each student has different strengths and weaknesses (cognitive and physical) and different amounts of time to practice. I take all of these into account in developing your individual lesson plan.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio room, hundreds of music books, 3 chairs, guitars, amps, and bass, keyboard and piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have own instrument and amp. I bring books and handouts.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar and Bass: Beg. to Advanced

banjo and piano: Beg. - intermediate

All Styles (except Flamenco) to include Folk, Acoustic Fingerstyle, Rock, Punk, Blues, Country, Church, Bluegrass, Soul, Ragtime and Classical.

Photos and Videos

Just showing some fingerstyle stuff on an electric guitar.

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Student Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent teacher I would recommend Marty to anyone wanting to take guitar lessons from beginner to advanced, he can meet your needs. He is very knowledge, professional and patient. February 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great instructor overall Marty was a great instructor to me. Taught me a lot in the 4 lessons I had with him. Very professional and knowledgable in Bass. Unfortunately because my schedule changing I could not keep him as an instructor. My only gripe would be that his studio room gets a little cramped and my guitar sometimes would hit things. Other than that. I would definitely recommend him. February 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Guitar Lessons Mr. Dawkins is an excellent guitar instructor. He possess a vast knowledge of music and one can clearly see the love and passion he has for teaching his students. Dawkins is very patient, encouraging, and always demonstrates a high level of professionalism with each lesson. We have not been disappointed and look forward to each and every lesson! June 8, 2011