David Pretlow

David P.

Atlanta, GA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching guitar for almost 20 years.

I am comfortable teaching from a book, but I generally teach guitar based upon the student's musical tastes and goals.

I can get beginners playing songs quickly and I can develop finger skills, soloing, and more advanced chording in students with more experience.
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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:
May 1997

I grew up in Birmingham, AL, Boston, MA, and Cleveland, OH, and was classically trained on violin in all three cities by members of their respective orchestras. I began studying theory in 7th grade at The Alabama School of Fine Arts. I continued theory lessons while in Boston at the New England Conservatory of Music. I attended Summer music programs at Apple Hill (New Hampshire) and Sewanee (Tennessee) and have extensive experience in orchestra, quartet, and chamber group environments.

Upon graduating Emory university in 1992 I played professionally in Destin, FL as a bassist, guitarist, violinist, and vocalist. I performed as bassist and backing vocalist with "Salty Dog" for nearly a decade. I am the co-founder of the Destin, FL band "Beach Mice." We perform for several weddings, corporate events, and benefits every year. Beach Mice is also popular on the festival circuit on the Emerald Coast.

I relocated to Atlanta in November of 2013, and currently perform weddings, and at various restaurants and events in the Atlanta area.

I have taught individuals and group lessons on violin, bass, and guitar since 1997 and for several consecutive years at Playground Music in Fort Walton Beach.

I have several videos available on YouTube, and a website which is easily located through a simple Google search.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you fulfill your musical goals and ambitions. Happy Playing - Cheers! dp

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Music Instructor
Jan 2014 - May 2018
Boutique Guitar Exchange

Guitar teacher of weekly half hour lessons at music store in Atlanta

Music Instructor
Nov 2007 - May 2011
Playground Music

Violin, guitar, bass, and piano instructor. Taught weekly half-hour lessons at music store. Clients ranged from 5 years old to early 70s.


B.A. Philosophy
Aug 1988 - May 1992
Emory University
Aug 1988 - May 1992
Emory University


Suzuki Association of the Americas
Sep 2015

The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.

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Photos & Videos

"Only for Awhile" - an original song by David Pretlow featuring Dave Posey on Djembe.

This song features the electric 6-string violin
U2 loop trick featuring David Pretlow on electric 6-string violin

Filmed in Seaside Florida during a Beach Mice (band) performance
Photo by David P.

Electric Fiddle with Beach Mice - 2011

Casual Violin Beach Wedding near Destin, Florida

Light Rocking at AJs with Roberto Padron and Jacob Mohr


17 Reviews

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GINA Mar 25, 2019
Violin · In studio

David is awesome! Excellent teacher and very knowledgeable.

Dave Feb 24, 2019
Violin · In home

David made the lesson worthwhile by teaching skills and showing how valuable those skills were to obtain. Provided a lot of value for the time together, and was very patient with me as I learned.

chichi Jan 14, 2019
Violin · In studio

David was really kind and helpful. I was so nervous but he was understanding and very enthusiastic about teaching. I liked is method of teaching, it’s a challenge that I’m up for.

Jiayi Oct 15, 2018
Violin · In studio

It's a great pleasure to learn from David!

Sara Ann B. Sep 6, 2018
Bass Guitar · In studio

David Pretlow can zoom in on increasing technique and write an arrangement of a song you want to play within your playing ability. This is a TEACHER worthy of the name "professor in strings".

Sara Ann B. Aug 15, 2018
Bass Guitar · In home

Lessons are targeting my weaknesses and explanations are helpful. Parking is tough because of construction and lack of free spaces but that is only temporary.

Charlie F. Mar 16, 2018
Violin · In studio

David was very clear, and didn't waste any time from the very first lesson. Great teacher, very supportive!

Kayley S. Nov 7, 2017
Violin · In studio

Daughter loved her session with him. He is patient, very knowledgeable and gave her a great first experience. She hasn't stopped playing since coming from his lesson. He is a great teacher.

Nick C. Apr 8, 2017
Violin · In studio

Very good with kids! Our son is enjoying his lessons.

Elizabeth O. Jan 13, 2017
Violin · In studio

David did a great job with my 7 year old daughter. He was very patient with her, but also managed to cover a lot of ground in the lesson.

Thomas Nov 12, 2016
Violin · In home

Our seven-year-old has loved learning from David. His engagement has been patient and responsive in a way that is encouraging our little guy to grow in his understanding of the violin and music in general. Our kid looks forward to his weekly lessons!

Xiaoyan Nov 3, 2016
Guitar · In studio

David is nice, patient and very good at teaching guitar.

ANDREW R. May 20, 2016
Mandolin · In home

The best.

Even to me (who is a beginner), it's clear that he understands music and its theory on a deeper level than most. He's been working to develop my basic technical skills (eg scales, chords, etc.) but also to learn songs that I love and listen to everyday. He's patient, friendly, not-rushed and just a generally all-around great teacher and great person. Highly recommend!!!

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Varun M. Jan 22, 2016
Violin · In studio

I had a great experience with David. He is really patient while also making you push your own limits. I learned a lot in the first class and I'm hooked.

He is very knowledgable about music and at times, I had to ask him to slow down and explain some of the terminology but at the same time it gave me the impetus to go and learn more. Loved the experience :)

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Turquoise Jan 12, 2016
Violin · In home

I had a great first lesson... looking forward to many more.

Amanda M. Oct 9, 2015
Violin · In studio

Very nice, helpful, and patient!

Jim P. Jun 25, 2015
Violin · In home

lst lesson-- excellent.

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