David Lionelli

David L.

Alameda, CA

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David delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:
December 2003

I have been a musician for over 20 years. I have a BA in Music & Sound Recording, and am equally comfortable in the studio as I am on the stage. I currently lead my own band which plays all original music and I have released two CDs of my own music, in addition to playing and recording with many local acts. I also write, record and produce music for TV and movies. Let's just say I wear a lot of hats.

I love music, and surround myself with it at all times. There are very few styles that I don't like or don't listen to, and I try to stay current as much as I can. I play a number of different instruments besides the ones I teach, including harmonica, piano, organ, drums and percussion. I also have been singing for as long as I can remember.

I believe anyone can be musical, even if you don't play an instrument. Music is everywhere, and we all tune into it, whether we know it or not. I hope that we can learn something about music and each other, then throw it all aside and just jam!

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal as a teacher with a beginning student is to get them playing songs as soon as possible. I know how hard it is learning a new instrument, and how frustrating it is when it seems like what you play has nothing to do with the music you listen to.

The first thing I do with any student is have them bring in music they like to listen to. I want to know what you like, so I can tailor my lesson toward getting you there. I want to keep you interested in playing because music is supposed to be fun, not a chore. There's a reason that it's called PLAYing music!

With intermediate and advanced students, I like to focus on a students problem areas, or places that they feel they're stuck. I also like to teach from a performer's point of view, teaching you tips and tricks that work out in the club and on stage. I like showing my students practical tools that will help them play with other musicians, and teach them how to relax when the lights are on, the drums are banging away and all eyes are on them!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I hold my lessons in my living room, and I have amplifiers for both myself and my student. My computer which houses my 20,000+ song music library and my recording gear is also there as a resource for us to use. I expect that each student provide his or her own instrument, but I do have spare instruments in case of emergency.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own bass guitar/guitar and amplifier and the books. I expect each student to have his or her own instrument and amplifier if the instrument is electric.

*** Specialties ***
I have experience playing and teaching:
Rock, Metal, Pop, Soul/R&B, Funk, Latin, Jazz, Country & Bluegrass, Reggae & Ska

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BA in Music and Sound Recording
Aug 1995 - May 1997
University of New Haven


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

The Motive, a San Francisco Bay Area acid jazz collective, performs the tune Jan Jan, made famous by Grant Green
The Motive, a San Francisco Bay Area acid jazz collective, plays an improvisational jam.
Dave Lionelli & The Butter Band covers Last Train To Clarksville by The Monkees
Photo by David L.

Photo by David L.

Photo by David L.
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RaeT Jul 23, 2012

Fun, supportive, entraining, educational

Dave has such a good teaching style, I'm really glad I picked him. He is very approachable when it comes to me asking potentially stupid questions and he always makes the class's fun. He is very truthful about how difficult things will/can be and how frustrating, so approaching as a completely beginner I know what I was getting into. The thing I love most about the lessons is how flexible he is in his teaching, able to explain things is a number of ways so eventually even I can understand. He is very understanding of me heavy work schedule and even when I have had no time to practice I still leave the lesson learning something.

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