David Bramley

David B.

Lakeside, CA

About David B.

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David teaches: Ages 10 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 2005
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After graduating from Salford University, England with a Bachelors degree (Honors) in Music and Composing I worked for a short time as a commercial "jingle" writer, before moving to San Diego, marrying my dream girl, and opening my own music recording, teaching and production studio. From there I have been teaching lessons, recording bands and writing music for independent film ad video games for the last 6 years. Throughout this time I've been continually performing live in venues all over California.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both from a privately rented studio in Santee and from my home studio in La Mesa. Both are fully equipped for guitar, bass and drum lessons and even have recording facilities! In my lesson plans I try to combine theory and technique with practical application (that is, playing music and rocking out!).

A typical lesson begins with a warm up and review of last weeks' lesson, and then moves to a new concept or technique. Once this new idea is understood, we give it a practical application by using it a song the student is familiar with. We finish up by setting some homework and answering any questions the student my have.

My lessons are structured and goal orientated (I want my students playing songs they love as soon as possible to keep the inspiration and excitement going!) but I adapt each lesson plan to suit the student, accommodating different musical tastes and learning styles. Most important I keep the lessons fun and engaging - it's the best way to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fulling equipped, professional teaching studio.
Guitars, drums, amps, PAs, Pianos, Mandolins and much more!

*** Specialties ***
Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.

Photos and Videos

Students practicing a cover of Green Days' "When I Come Around" in preparation for an upcoming "unplugged" show!


Mar 2014 - Present
Tex Davis and the Cowboys

Session and live bass player.

Owner/Studio Manager
Sep 2008 - Present
So Cal Music Academy

I own and operate So Cal Music Academy, San Diego's leading performing arts school, with 3 locations in the East County area.
Our lessons and teachers are at the highest standards, while our pricing is still very affordable.


Music, Acoustics and Recording
Sep 2001 - Jul 2004
University of Salford
Music Acoustics and Sound Recording
Sep 2000 - Jun 2004
Salford University

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency

23 Reviews on David B.

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Toby S. May 5, 2017
· Banjo · In studio David is very good with a first-time novice and his easy going style makes it easy to learn.
Jay Apr 26, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio David is a great teacher and very knowledgeable. I have learned a great deal in a short amount of time thanks to David.
Diana Twadell Mar 10, 2017
· Guitar · In studio David is AWESOME! Very encouraging and patient.
Mary Jo Patrick Mar 3, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio David is very patient and kind especially since this was my first ukulele lesson ever.
Dominique L. Feb 24, 2017
· Ukulele · In home I had such a good expérience With David. He's a wonderful teacher ! I will recommande him to antbody :)
mallory G. Feb 8, 2017
· Banjo · In home I'm loving my new banjo and so excited to have found David as a teacher. David really has been instrumental in me learning the banjo. He's a great teacher and very knowledgable about music. He sets you up for success and builds on that! I highly recommend David for the banjo or pretty much any instrument. He does it all!
Heather R. Dec 1, 2016
· Banjo · In studio I bought the lessons for my mom and she came home and told me she loved it! Thank you David!!
Sylvia Nov 30, 2016
· Mandolin · In studio David is the best teacher for beginnings - he can teach you any beginner level instrument and make learning materials relevant available to you both in and out of class. I am so grateful that I found him to be my teacher - it took me 5 weeks to find a good Mandolin teacher. He is absolutely AWESOME! Knowledgeable, patient, passionate, all you can name. I am excited to follow his lecture and practice more with my new mandolin.
Gail L. Oct 21, 2016
· Guitar · In home I computer is having technical problems and it sent an incomplete review before I was able to finish it. Please, use this one!!!!!

I found David to be a very pleasant man and easy to get along with. I know he will be the perfect instructor for me. David clearly and easily demonstrated to me the technique that I am wanting to learn. I'm certain that he will greatly improve my guitar playing and make it more fun for me.
Thank you for putting us together,

Dr. Gail F. Levin
Gail L. Oct 21, 2016
· Guitar · In home I found him to be a very pleasant man and extremely easy to get along. Also, the main thing, I feel David will be the perfect instructor to teach me everything I need to learn. He clearly explained and demonstrates the techniquewhat I need to do when explaining techniques, etc. I believe he's going to be the perfect instructor for me. Thanks!!!!!!
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