David Lloyd

David L.

Austin, TX
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Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Many students start on an acoustic guitar rather than an electric. I did, as a matter of fact. Acoustic guitars can be tricky if the student doesn’t have one that is the proper fit for them. My first goal with acoustic students is to make sure they are comfortable with their instrument, and that they can get the best sound out of it without using too much energy.
I find that many acoustic students turn out to be great at playing and singing after just a few months. Some of my youngest students have even composed their own music.
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David teaches



David delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2000

My name is David and I'm a professional musician who just moved to North Austin. I came from Cincinnati, where I went to the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, taught dozens of students at all levels and played regular gigs every weekend. I have been teaching for over fifteen years, and I'm looking to get a few new students.
I teach guitar, piano, bass guitar and even upright bass. If it's a tutor you are looking for I can also teach music theory and appreciation. I have a knack for teaching young people, probably because I was young when I started my musical journey. I've been very successful at inspiring a student's love of music and instilling the patience required to take on the challenge of playing an instrument.
The first thing I like to do is get to know you, the music you enjoy and your goals. In a way, I like to begin by letting the student lead.
In addition to learning from you, I intend to present you with new information, to try and broaden your musical tastes and teach you how to be an active listener.

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Private Music Instructor
Jan 2000 - Present
David L. Music Lessons

Upright Bassist
Dec 2011 - Apr 2015
Philip Paul Trio

Played jazz standards in the lounge of the Cincinnatian Hotel three nights per week.


Jazz Studies
Sep 2004 - Dec 2007
University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
Upright Bass, Performance
Jul 2001 - Aug 2004
Northern Kentucky University

Photos & Videos

My student, Mae playing the First minuet from the book of Bach. Well done Mae
This is Ashmitha playing the Minuet in G by J.S. Bach. Great Job Ashmi!

26 Reviews

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Sissi G. Oct 8, 2018
Ukulele · In home

David is a great teacher.

Charu S. Sep 17, 2018
Guitar · Online

Jane Nov 15, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

Excellent first lesson today! Well focused on individual needs and goals. Very professional and encouraging. Looking forward to working hard and learning a great deal from this fine teacher.

PT and Ken T. Oct 27, 2017
Piano · In home

Mr. David L. is a wonderful music teacher for our daughter. He is on-time, kind, and make music fun, comprehensive with tips that boost my daughter's confidence in reading music. We are very glad to find David through TakeLessons! Thanks for all you do.

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Charu S. Oct 23, 2017
Guitar · Online

Ronan R. Aug 13, 2017
Guitar · Online


Andy Jun 21, 2017
Piano · In studio

he's very patient without being condescending or patronizing. works very well with my 13 yo son.

Trevor G. Jun 7, 2017
Ukulele · Online

Wonderful first lesson. Well thought out with actionable steps for me to work on this next week.

Luciano May 29, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

David was fantastic with my son... extremely patient, better than anyone we've worked with in the past as far as keeping my son engaged and interested in the subject. He has a great feel for feeding out just enough information without overwhelming the little ones.

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Charles Apr 4, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

David is an excellent teacher, unfortunately my schedule doesn't allow me to continue taking lessons. I would highly recommend David to anyone looking for music lessons.

Emmett Mar 5, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

David is very together and great for an adult student.

Gary K. Dec 14, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio

Excellent first lesson. Before the first lesson, David listened to the areas I wanted to improve and then at this first lesson he proceeded to address those areas. I have had several years of lessons before with two other teachers. David will definitely help me improve quickly by building on my current skills. Great start!

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Christa B. Dec 5, 2016
Ukulele · In home

David is so patient and encouraging. He is really helping my 9 y.o. daughter to learn to play ukulele.

Ronan R. Nov 3, 2016
Guitar · Online

Nicholas Aug 29, 2016
Ukulele · In home

FIRST LESSON was a great experience. Although my 12-year old son was hesitant about Ukulele lessons, he immediately felt relaxed with David. Of notable qualities...David was professional, very patient, redirected my son when he got off track, boosted his self-esteem with words of encouragement, and took the time to answer any questions my son had after the lesson was over. My son left excited and looks forward to his next lesson.

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Rachel R. Aug 9, 2016
Piano · In home

My daughter started lesson with David about a moth ago and she makes a lot of progress already :-) David is a very good teacher, he is patience and makes learning fun and interesting. He gives her an assignment then he will follow up in the next lesson. Seems that David makes my daughter to like and enjoy piano more than before. I strongly recommend David if you are looking for a good, fun, and reliable teacher!

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Jennifer Jul 24, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

David is a consummate professional. He has been giving our 10 year old daughter in-home lessons for a few months, and she is thriving under his tutelage. She has been making great progress with every lesson, thanks to his patience and excellent teaching skills. He is definitely great with teaching children. We highly recommend him!

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Aadil S. Jun 20, 2016
Piano · In home

David is very professional, polite and always on time, at the same time makes it fun for the kids so that they can enjoy music. My son felt piano is more for girls but after meeting with David and doing star wars music he is now interested in music lessons. My kids really enjoy their lessons with David.

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Selena M. May 10, 2016
Guitar · In home

David was on time, thorough, focused, professional, and a wonderful teacher, and I could go on. My daughter is looking forward to many more lessons with him to come!

Nyree C. Nov 12, 2015
Piano · In studio

David is such and awesome person and teacher. I feel very confident that i will continue to get better. He is very encouraging and very patient. I would definitely recommend him.

Nyree C. Oct 3, 2015
Piano · In studio

I learned so much in the one lesson. I have homework which i like... i need the accountability. David was very kind, and patient and willing to answer my many questions. I felt relaxed and a little more confident that I will be able to learn Piano.

Cathy D. Jul 8, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

David was our family's music teacher for the last 6 years. He taught my son piano, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and music theory and composition. He also taught my daughter piano. He is an excellent teacher. He is very good at approaching music from the student's level and growing with them by bringing in new theory or music when the student is ready. He is in no way intimidating and is very good at instilling a love of music. He has a warm and gentle nature and can relate to very different personalities. The only reason he is not still teaching our family is that he moved. I highly recommend him.

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Tara and Jason Jul 5, 2015
Guitar · In home

We were fortunate to have David recommended to us by a family member. Not only did he come to our house and save us the added stress of traveling during our busy week, he often stayed longer than scheduled to ensure understanding of new skill(s) being taught. He was calm, professional and patient and had an adaptive approach with our son that increased his confidence when he struggled.

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Susan F. Jun 21, 2015
Piano · In home

David L. Was highly recommended to us by multiple people. He taught my two daughters piano for 1 1/2 years before we said a tearful goodbye as he moved to Texas. David L has a perfectly magical way in communicating to young students. He always spoke positively and found something good to say about any piece they played. He would then very positively guide them towards the correct way of playing. My shy, nervous girls thrived. It is truly going to be a challenge finding his replacement, David L. is an amazing person and teacher.

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Cameron D. Jun 17, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

After signing up for lessons with David L. I knew I made the right choice. Just after a couple of weeks I didn't see him as a teacher but as a best friend. There was always a relaxed atmosphere during the lessons. He was very easy to talk to and he really listen to you. If I ever had a question he would answer. He tailors to what ever you want to do in that lesson. David L. is a great teacher and a friend. I totally recommend him for anyone

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Scott B. Jun 17, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

David is not only a great musician and educator but also a delightful human. We began using David six years ago as a piano teacher for my two boys. Since then my eldest moved on to acoustic and electric guitar and my youngest electric and stand up bass. Somewhere along the way I began to take guitar lessons also (I was David's most bearded student at age 48). David always came prepared to lead but also to follow, he often asked what we were listening to and taught us how to play it. His ability to listen to a piece of music and transcribe it always left me amazed, we have several notebooks full of songs we learned individually or played as a group. After a shoulder injury David continued to impress by teaching me music theory instead of our usual lesson. I could go on forever, David made a positive impact on my family and feel fortunate to have met him.

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