Phillip Devencenzi

Phillip D.

Alameda, CA

Lesson Details



Phillip delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
July 2009

Hello Students and Parents!

I have been playing music for over 15 years and am currently playing/teaching mainly in the East Bay Area after receiving a bachelor's degree in Professional Music from the Berklee College of Music (2008-2012).

I'm very personable and friendly and love nothing more than sharing and listening to music.

Currently I am playing bass for Bay Area rock act Via Coma and am contributing guitar to several other acts. I also work as a "for hire" guitarist/bassist around the East Bay.

I've been fortunate enough to tour around the United States and have played several large festivals including the Vans Warped Tour, the Harley Davidson Music festival and Live 105's BFD.

I've also been fortunate enough to study with such esteemed musicians as Kenwood Dennard, Livingston Taylor, Michael Williams, Dave Fiuczynski, Dave Tronzo and many others.

I truly love all types of music from J.S. Bach to Metallica to Miles Davis to Radiohead and everything in-between. I've studied fairly extensively and can teach proficiently in nearly any genre and am always open to new music.

Thanks for checking my page out and hope to study with you soon!

All the best,
Phil D.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a pretty laid back teacher but can challenge students if they are ready for it.
All students start off with a basic outline of what they want to learn, what your musical goals are and what exactly will be needed to get them there.

I generally start out with beginners on basic chords and melodies, then we move on to learning the music that YOU want to play and showing the relationship between the two.

If a student has more experience, I will evaluate exactly what you want to learn, research it on my own time and teach you whatever it is you want to learn regardless of genre.

All students will work on reading notation, but nothing too heavy. I generally teach this material out of the William Leavitt Reading books from Berklee Press or even by having students compose their own pieces.

I also specialize in teaching improvisation by using methods from The Advancing Guitarist by Mick Goodrick (Hal Leonard Publishing), teaching students to transcribe solos and even by making custom exercises for students.

All students will also receive a suggested practice routine and will be encouraged to listen to and play music whenever possible. I love watching my students discover new things!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the common room, amps, sheet music, music stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
As long as we both have guitars we are all set. Can bring amplifier if student is a rock or metal player.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach proficiently in many styles including rock, jazz, blues, funk, heavy metal, hip hop, indie, pop, classical, acoustic and more! I'll never turn any genre down

Specializing in use of improvisation using ear training and transcription. I can show you the tricks and methods used by the all time greats.
Can also assist with songwriting, arranging and developing technique.

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Laura A. Feb 1, 2013


It is going well. We are excited! Phillip is great and we are encouraged.

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