Daniel Duncan

Daniel D.

Kansas City, KS

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About

Daniel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 1+

Teaching since:
February 2014

Dan is a teacher and guitarist from Kansas City, KS. As a teenager he studied blues and jazz with former B.B. King sideman Dwight Foster. This background aided him when he took classes in jazz improvisation and music composition at the University of Kansas. At KU, he started giving guitar lessons and teaching English Literature to help pay tuition. He also joined the blues-rock/metal hybrid Inphobic, a group that went on to play with Carlos Santana, Everlast, and Cheap Trick among others.



After finishing his MA at Pittsburg State University, he returned to Kansas City and began teaching in the Kansas City, KS school district. His five years of high school teaching (to go along with another three at the college level) has showed him that being a great teacher is both the greatest challenge and the greatest reward. As a result, he has dedicated himself to combining that passion for teaching with his love for the guitar and music.



Over the last few years, he has developed guitar curriculum that both teaches students things they want to know as well as how to communicate with other musicians in almost any musical capacity. He frequently shows up at local jam sessions and plays studio sessions.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are very relaxed but still move at a fast pace. I realize that not all students learn at the same rate and in the same manner and I do my best to accommodate whatever the needs of the student might be. Students will learn a variety of styles but there always be an emphasis on their specific interests as it relates to the guitar.



A beginning student will be given a solid background in theory and in reading music as well as learning songs that they want to learn. In three months, the beginning student will be able to play basic songs and read music, as well as begin to apply theory to a variety of musical styles. In six months, the beginning student will be developing more difficult techniques on the guitar, beginning to learn the art of lead guitar and learning more complicated tunes. Intermediate and advanced students are welcome too, but they may want to focus on specific styles, techniques or songs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar, amp, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, amp, etc. The student should contact the instructor if s/he needs to borrow a guitar for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Metal, Jazz, Improvisation, and Composition at all levels beginner, intermediate and advanced.

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Experience

Guitar Teacher
Mar 2009 - Present
Takelessons.com

Education

MSE in Education
Oct 2003 - May 2005
Pittsburg State University
MA Literature
Aug 2001 - May 2003
Pittsburg State University

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17 Reviews

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Connor R. Mar 30, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Excellent teacher. Excited for the rest of my lessons and to learn to play the guitar!

Chandler J. Feb 6, 2016
Guitar · In studio

My very first lesson on the guitar. I was not disappointed.

David Hinton Aug 31, 2015
Guitar · In home

I would highly recommend any prospective students to explore lessons with Daniel. He was great! He tailored the lessons around what I wanted to learn, and gave exercises that were very specific and targeted toward my goals, not his. In addition, it was a lot of fun and the material we worked on was challenging and very applicable to what I wanted to learn.
First rate instructor!

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Eugene K. Jul 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Dan is a fantastic instructor. He is very personable, patient, upbeat, and has made my guitar learning lots of fun with a new song almost every week, and new exercises that help me get better. With lots of travel, and little kids I haven't had much practice time, but Dan is very encouraging and is able to help me with song choices that make we want to pick up the guitar every time I can. I would strongly encourage you to seek Dan for learning guitar - you will be happy that you did.

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Brian M. Jul 7, 2014
Guitar · In studio

I have had two other guitar teachers in the past. Daniel far exceeds any of the previous two! I wouldn't hesitate for a nano-second to recommend him to others! If you are looking for a good guitar teacher, look no further.

Anchalee C. Nov 29, 2013
Guitar ·

Dan is a passionate teacher who makes the lesson fun!

Dan is patient and a great teacher. My son started learning how to play electric guitar with Dan and has developed a lot of progress in the past five months. Dan always shares the stories when teaching the lessons to make the lessons enjoyable. He has adapted his teaching style and lessons to suit my 7 year old beginner.

He is always on time, flexible and works with our schedule when we occasionally have conflicts. He encourages my son to ask questions and practice the variety of songs he teaches. I will not hesitate to recommend Dan if someone is looking for a knowledgeable and great teacher who cares about his students and teaches them what they want to know.

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John D. Jul 2, 2013
Guitar ·

An absolutely fantastic teacher

I had been through 3 guitar teachers in just the past year before I finally found Daniel. While my previous teachers had all been very skilled and knowledgeable, Daniel was the first one who I felt actually took a sincere interest in helping me to achieve my goals. He consistently made a real effort to ensure we were focusing on what I wanted to focus on. He had a great habit of asking "Do you have any questions about the guitar that we haven't talked about yet?", and what was even better is I felt he genuinely wanted to know the answer. On top of all this, he is a phenomenal guitar player, a patient and articulate teacher, and a very friendly guy. I honestly cannot identify one deficit in his teaching style and system.

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Tom K. Sep 16, 2012
Guitar ·

Broadening horizons

At the age of 58, I started guitar lessons with Daniel Duncan in March, 2011. I wanted a teacher who was knowledgeable and patient. I have found both of these in Daniel. In addition to teaching guitar basics, chords, riffs, etc., he can relate his lessons to stories in his past and stories in the music business. He is not hesitant to challenge me and I feel I have made a great deal of progress under his instruction. He has my greatest recomendation as a musician and teacher.

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MichelleK1 Oct 18, 2011
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Feedback

Dan is a great teacher. Max is having an awesome time playing and learning.

JanaeH Oct 6, 2011
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My teacher is great! He is talented and is teaching me what I need and want to learn. He is patient and positive.

TomK Apr 21, 2011
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making progress

I feel that I have made a lot of progress in a very short time. I really like your teaching style. You are patient and helpful and willing to go the extra mile. I always look forward to our lesson.

DavidL1 Apr 10, 2011
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Total Satisfaction

I really appreciate the time Dan has taken to individualize my lessons. From the first lesson, I've been challenged and inspired. Thanks Dan!

DavidH Feb 13, 2011
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cool!

i am really learning new skills on the guitar Daniel is a great teacher thanks!

KimW Oct 4, 2010
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Dan is always prepared with exciting lessons for my son. My son loves coming to lessons, and he will even practice on his own! Dan is in tune with what kids want to learn and how they learn.

JamesH Apr 11, 2010
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GREAT TEACHER

i have learned so much from Daniel D, he is easy to get ahold of and is always willing to go the extra mile no matter what, he really wants his students to learn, he really loves what he does and you can tell through his teachings........I will be learing from him for long time to come........thanks for everything

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JamieM1 Nov 16, 2009
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Enjoying the way Dan explains theory that had up to now bamboozled me, so a big thanks for that

BeatrizC Jul 8, 2009
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Soft spoken, competent teacher

Daniel is very patient with J-J. Teaches in a non-threatening, relaxing, approach. Am pleased with my grandson's progress.

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