David Lunday

David L.

Portland, OR
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

About David L.

I received my Bachelor's degree in Music with high honors from Portland State University where I studied music composition with Tomas Svoboda and jazz guitar with Jerry Hahn. I have extensive experience as a solo performing artist as well as with various bands and other performers. I have written music for jazz combos, big band, film, and the ballet. I also have over 10 years experience teaching all ages, levels, and styles including jazz, rock, blues, and classical guitar.

Whether a student is 5 years old or 80, I believe everyone can benefit greatly from learning the fundamentals of music coupled with even the most elementary music theory concepts. I enjoy guiding students through the step by step process necessary to achieve their own music goals.

I also teach piano where I use mostly the Alfred piano series books.

*** Lesson Details ***
If you are a new student, the first thing you may want to ask yourself is whether you have a specific music goal. Do you want to learn rock, jazz, classical, or blues? Or all of them? We can do that! Do you want to learn to read music? Or is tablature notation enough for your needs? We can do either or both! Are you interested in writing your own music and learning how different styles of music are constructed using music theory? We can do that too! It all depends on where you want to go as a musician.

For more advanced students we may work on anything from altered chords to jazz solos to advanced rock techniques (sweep arpeggios, exotic scales etc.) to odd time signatures or advanced theory.

For beginning students, I like to concentrate on technique during the first few lessons in order to develop good habits. This includes: posture (how to properly sit and hold guitar), left hand technique (how to best place fingers for chording as well as single notes), and right hand technique (how to hold the pick and perform picking patterns).

The student's technique will be honed through various picking exercises as well as basic chord progressions, scales, and songs. And of course during this time we will work together to find the best path to meet your music goals!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric guitar, amps, keyboard, music stand, and digital audio workstation.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electric or acoustic guitar, music stand.

*** Specialties ***
Advanced lead guitar techniques, classical composition, and film scoring.


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Bachelor in Music; High Honors
Sep 2000 - Jun 2003

Portland State University

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