David Hanlon

David H.

Melrose, MA
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Bass Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Bass is thought of as easier than guitar, but if you believe that you're just not playing the instrument right. The bass is arguably the most important instrument in any kind of music (Jack White doesn't agree with me on this) Every chord has a bunch of matching scales and lines and riffs that every serious bass player should know front to back to be able to carry a good band. All levels welcome.

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David delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 14+ and special needs

Teaching since:
February 2005

I am a 32-year old Massachusetts native and have been playing music since I was 8 years old, starting on the piano with a wonderful teacher in Beverly who also went to Berklee. I picked up the guitar and the bass in high school and got into rock, jazz and blues and haven't looked back. I received a bachelors degree from Berklee in 2012 with a major in Professional Music and minor in Music Education.

Music study is great exercise for your brain. It works both the left and right hemispheres of the brain simultaneously because you are thinking both creatively and logically/mathematically at the same time.

I am happy teaching students at any level, even if you have never picked up an instrument before. I can work with you and get you on the path to being the kind of musician you want to be.

*** Lesson Details ***
I custom tailor my lessons to meet a students individual needs. I am a serious teacher, but I am a laid back person. I am easy going, but I will make sure you learn what you need to learn. I can guarantee after 4 or 5 lessons with me, you will have tripled your knowledge of chords, scales, technique, and song repertoire. I am very patient and am happy to work with students of all ages and skill levels.

I encourage mid to upper level students to bring in songs they want to learn (if they are at the right level) and I will transcribe them on the spot and go through them with you step by step.

If you want to learn how to play all your favorite songs, I am the teacher for you. I won't make you play music you aren't really interested in, but I will make recommendations for songs to improve your playing and include music theory so that you understand what you are playing and why you are playing it. The point of playing music is to HAVE FUN, after all.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Blues Jr. III guitar amp, Vintage Gallien Kreuger guitar amp, Carvin/Peavey Bass amp, Epiphone 1 x 12 guitar amp, custom thin line telecaster, custom solid body telecaster, vintage synsonic electric guitar, breedlove acoustic guitar, Tacoma acoustic bass, Schecter stiletto 5 string electric bass, Ibanez soundgear 5 string bass, custom stratocaster, vintage synsonic single coil guitar, 5 string banjo, , Diamond Head tenor ukulele, u-king soprano banjolele , M-Audio oxygen 8 midi controller, Blue Mic USB microphone, Eurorack mixer, shure microphone, 2011 Macbook pro w/ Sibelius, Pro Tools, Garage Band, Reason. Full lutherie shop equipped to do custom builds, guitar set-ups, mods.

*** Specialties ***
Picked and fingerstyle acoustic or electric guitar, Fingerstyle or picked bass guitar, ukulele, improvisation, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Hip-Hop, Bossa, recording, lutherie, etc.

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Private music teacher/tutor
Apr 2008 - Present
Electric Trees Guitar Studio

I have tutored freshman music students at Berklee while attending classes there and have been teaching out of my own studio for three years.


Acoustic Guitar building course
Jun 2014 - Aug 2014
Private Lutherie instruction with Scott Dixon
Bachelor of Music
Jan 2007 - Jun 2012
Berklee College of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2011

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

I probably won't be this well dressed for your lesson.

Performing in Melrose, MA 11/1/14

Performing at Absolutely Fabulous in Melrose, MA sometime in 2013

at Berklee studios recording bass for a friends album

Recording down in the old Berklee basement studios

Performing at Nick's in Worcester, MA sometime in 2012

Performing at the Precinct in Somerville, MA sometime in 2011

My jazz duo performing "At Last" by Etta James acoustic.
Performing on acoustic bass guitar at Toad in Cambridge, MA with Brian Carroll.
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16 Reviews

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Robert Sep 30, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Dave was great. My daughter appreciated his style and ability to communicate.

Yvonne Aug 1, 2016
Ukulele · In home

David was very well prepared, very patient. He has a creative mind and is passionate about teaching.

eliyahu kheel Dec 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio

David is a wonderful teacher moving at a strong pace to get as much done in a short time as possible. He comes to the lessons very prepared with lots of great material to help the student learn and improve. Very knowledgeable and wonderful to work with. I highly recommend David as a teacher.

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Rockwell Jackson Oct 21, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Very personable and knowledgeable! Already can't wait for my next lesson!

Mark P. Jul 17, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

So far, so good. After only 5 weeks I'm already playing along to a couple of recordings of songs I like. I have lots of musical experience, but never picked up a bass guitar before this past January. I'm really enjoying the lessons. David is a great teacher and I expect to be around for a long time.

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Jennifer M. Jul 16, 2015
Ukulele · Online

Dave is really great - sent me very helpful materials, and suggested songs that I enjoyed and were easy to play. I was playing after my first lesson!

Alysa E. Jul 16, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

Dave is a great teacher! I'm playing songs I never thought I could figure out but because Dave really knows music he can always help me learn new ways to play the songs I love. He is a talented teacher and musician. He is always helpful in answering questions and is great a encouraging me.

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Zack H. Jul 14, 2015
Ukulele · Online


Chase D. May 7, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Had a fabulous experience with Dave. He taught my 13 year old son and was very patient and flexible. We had to change dates sometimes and he was very flexible...in addition Dave was patient and changed his approach a couple of times to help my son become more interested in bass going forward! Thanks Dave!

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Joe H. Dec 9, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Dave is the man!!! He is an excellent teacher and curtails the lessons to what you want to learn and not just out of some book. He is also great at explaining the functions of the scales or chords you are learning as well as picking great songs in order to showcase those elements. If you are looking for a great guitar instructor, look no further, Dave is your guy! And his cat is pretty cool too...

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Charlotte B. Nov 26, 2014
Ukulele · In studio

Luckily I live very close to David's so it took me under 10 minutes to get to my lessons and he has parking. During each lesson I learned something different and left with cool new music (he has quality taste) or strumming techniques to practice at home. I liked his cat who had a hankering for affection and when David plays (He's terrific and a delight to listen to )

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Jane L. Nov 18, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Dave is a wonderful teacher and musician! He does a great job of teaching you the music you want to play in combination with skills you need in order to improve. If you don't understand something, he'll explain it in different ways until you do. He's really nice and professional and has a great in home studio. I would highly recommend him!

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Phoebe G. Nov 18, 2014
Ukulele · In studio

Dave is a great ukulele teacher! He is an impressive musician and is highly skilled in explaining the learning process. I'd recommend him to any aspiring musician.

Samir K. Oct 24, 2014
Guitar · In home

Excellent teacher! Highly recommended.

Francisco R. Oct 31, 2013
Guitar ·

Davis is a great guitar teacher

Dave is a great teacher and I'm really happy to have him as my teacher! He's actually only been teaching me for about two months, but so far my guitar skills have improved a ton and it's all thanks to him!

Kevin L. Jun 18, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

Dave is excellent.

Dave is excellent. He is extremely knowledgeable and is a great instructor for any level of skill from beginner to virtuoso. I highly recommend Dave to anyone looking to begin/improve as a musician.

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