David Bramley

David B.

Lakeside, CA
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Lesson Details

Banjo

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Beginner to intermediate level, variety of styles
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About

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David delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2005

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.

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Experience

Bass
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.

Education

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

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Students practicing a cover of Green Days' "When I Come Around" in preparation for an upcoming "unplugged" show!
Student band performing at Del Mar Fair
Student performing the Level 1 drum graduation piece
4 of my students, practicing a cover of Taylor Swifts "Fearless"
(many of my students form bands with other studetns and I offer weekend practice and recording sessions, with coaching!)
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29 Reviews

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don Sep 29, 2017
Guitar · In studio

motivating and patient.

David Lake Aug 26, 2017
Drum · In studio

I have had 5 lessons with David and just renewed for 5 more. He is really a great instructor. Very patient and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him to all.

Vincent Aug 10, 2017
Drum · In studio

Passionate, motivating teacher. Gave my son a new spark to grow in his drumming first lesson! He can't wait for next week.

justin Jul 22, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Even though I had selected the wrong kind of guitar, he just rolled with it and was a pleasant introduction.

Jacob Jul 22, 2017
Banjo · In studio

My teenage son has had one lesson so far, and it went great! David was patient, encouraging, and specific with his feedback.

Caitlin Jul 14, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

Dave was fantastic with my daughter. She learned a lot her first lesson and is exited to practice and can't wait for her next lesson. I wish I had found him two years ago for my son for guitar. Dave is very personable and professional.

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!

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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.

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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

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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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Jim M. Oct 5, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Great Experience.

Jim M. Oct 5, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Great Experience.

Tim S. May 12, 2016
Drum · In studio

Love the way David breaks down skill development. I feel like I'm making great progress and I enjoy the lessons provided.

Erika Apr 8, 2016
Mandolin · In studio

I absolutely LOVE taking lessons with David! It is the best part of my week!
Being a somewhat shy individual and an adult student, I was really nervous to begin music lessons with a stranger.. David put me at ease from day one. Each thirty minute session is packed with just enough material to keep me occupied during practice through the week and eager for more by the time our next lesson comes around. His instrument knowledge is phenomenal, and it makes the experience so much more fun to have David accompany my mandolin playing with banjo or guitar. He is also great for giving advice on buying a new instrument. Best-Instructor-Ever! I can't recommend David enough

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Sunny E. Dec 29, 2015
Banjo · In studio

David works really well with children. He keeps my daughter motivated and makes it fun. He is really knowledgeable and overall a great teacher. Recommend!

Mary Beth Hayes May 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio

David is very relaxed and put me at ease instantly. He was very interested in my knowledge base and goals so he could fine tune the lessons for me. My only dissapointment is that he doesn't have an hour time slot available yet.

Paul K. May 8, 2013
Drum ·

Excellent Teacher

Dave is able to work with me, a beginner, and provide me with enough challenge so that I keep learning and also keep interested in drums. He has a great sense of humor along with patience which is important with a teacher whom is teaching a beginner. At times he will also take out a guitar and play along which adds to the fun.

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LeahM Jun 13, 2012
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We at absolutely pleased with David. Our son loves to play his guitar and is always enthusiastic of his teacher.

KristieD Mar 2, 2012
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My son is really enjoying his lessons. David is a great teacher.

LynnN Sep 11, 2011
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Tailors lessons to your interests.

David, puts a lot of effort into tailoring your lessons, according to your interests, as well as your abilities. I am so impressed and pleased with his methods, his communication skills, and his pleasant personality.

JAMESB Mar 23, 2011
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David is the teacher I need. He is easy to talk to about music and he sets attainable goals. After a few lessons I was able to play a song. That is huge for me!!

ScottP1 Jan 31, 2011
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Great Teacher

David was great to work with as i just started the guitar. Very understanding, patient and challenging, which is exactly what i needed. Unfortunately i couldn't continue because of my work and travel schedule but hope to start again sometime later this year. Thanks David!!

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LynnM Jan 19, 2011
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Grandmother of Derek Cervantes

Derek's instructor, David, is doing an excellent job. Besides his talent, he is also very personable and patient. Two important qualities for the job of instructor.

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