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David S.
Rutherford, New Jersey
Advance your Guitar Techniques with Solid Advice from a Pro
My goal as a teacher is to give you the facility to express yourself through music. The key parts to developing this facility are: 1. theory -- notice i say theory, not rules. learning music theory is not about learning rigid rules that will stifle your creativity. when you learn theory, you learn to identify patterns and give them names so you can remember and reuse them. the more you know your theory, the more ways you know to express your ideas 2. technique -- the last thing you want is for your technique to hinder your ability to express your idea. Having good technique lets your ideas flow naturally. and really, why would you not want to be the best you can be? When you take lessons with me, you get out of it what you put in. Your job as student is to be honest with what you expect to achieve and my job as teacher is to give you the tools to achieve it
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I have been playing music almost my entire life. I first started on trombone in 4th grade then switched to guitar in 6th. I picked up the electric bass in my later teenage years and learned the upright bass (both jazz and classical) in college. My students get the benefit of my education, as well as the mistakes I have made along the way I strongly believe that listening is the most critical, and overlooked, aspect of learning to make music. Just like we first learned to speak by listening to our parents and mimicking them, we learn to make music by listening to our favorite musicians and mimicking them I also believe that what a student gets out of his lessons is proportional to what he puts in. My teaching style is methodical and analytical and shows greatest results with students who are honest with themselves about what they expect to accomplish and are willing to put in the work to accomplish it I have a degree in jazz performance from The Ohio State University and have played in numerous rock, jazz and off-broadway bands over the last 30 years. Now playing is something I do primarily for fun and my #1 goal is always that my students have as much fun playing as I do

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Teaching since 2015

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BM -- Jazz Performance

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David S.
Rutherford, New Jersey
Advance your Guitar Techniques with Solid Advice from a Pro
My goal as a teacher is to give you the facility to express yourself through music. The key parts to developing this facility are: 1. theory -- notice i say theory, not rules. learning music theory is not about learning rigid rules that will stifle your creativity. when you learn theory, you learn to identify patterns and give them names so you can remember and reuse them. the more you know your theory, the more ways you know to express your ideas 2. technique -- the last thing you want is for your technique to hinder your ability to express your idea. Having good technique lets your ideas flow naturally. and really, why would you not want to be the best you can be? When you take lessons with me, you get out of it what you put in. Your job as student is to be honest with what you expect to achieve and my job as teacher is to give you the tools to achieve it
About David S.

I have been playing music almost my entire life. I first started on trombone in 4th grade then switched to guitar in 6th. I picked up the electric bass in my later teenage years and learned the upright bass (both jazz and classical) in college. My students get the benefit of my education, as well as the mistakes I have made along the way I strongly believe that listening is the most critical, and overlooked, aspect of learning to make music. Just like we first learned to speak by listening to our parents and mimicking them, we learn to make music by listening to our favorite musicians and mimicking them I also believe that what a student gets out of his lessons is proportional to what he puts in. My teaching style is methodical and analytical and shows greatest results with students who are honest with themselves about what they expect to accomplish and are willing to put in the work to accomplish it I have a degree in jazz performance from The Ohio State University and have played in numerous rock, jazz and off-broadway bands over the last 30 years. Now playing is something I do primarily for fun and my #1 goal is always that my students have as much fun playing as I do

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2015

Education

BM -- Jazz Performance

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

Has background check

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Absolutely stellar teacher. I haven’t come out of a lesson once having not been satisfied and inspired to keep moving forward. His lessons are well-structured and well-paced. He’s also a cool guy. Highly recommend!

Posted Apr 6, 2022
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I have been practicing Bass for seven years, taken lessons with four different teachers, and I can confidently say that I have found the right fit. When I first met with David I expressed my frustration how in the past I had a very hard time understanding and learning music theory. I would get to a point where I felt overwhelmed and confused and all motivation to learn more would come to a stop. What makes David so unique as a teacher is that he is sensitive to finding “your edge” and offers you just the right amount of information that you can handle- not too little or too easy that your progress feels stagnant, and not too much that your brain goes into shut down mode. Since then David has stayed on track with my original intention for taking lessons - in my case it was learning music theory and technique so that I could feel more confident with playing with other musicians in a jam or band setting and to develop a practice routine that is efficient and makes the most out of my time. The sequencing of lessons that David chooses creates a strong foundation for the next, opening doors and creating “aha” moments that motivate you to want to learn more. He is like the Mr. Miyagi of bass teachers! I have had ten lessons so far with David and what I have learned during this time has covered way more than what I have been able to achieve with other teachers and on my own. My bandmates have noticed a significant difference not only in my playing, but with songwriting contributions and my confidence level. Some teachers in the past have been dedicated guitar teachers teaching me bass. The fact that David is a bass teacher teaching bass makes all the difference in my learning experience. I appreciate his professionalism and his knowledge of his craft and am very pleased to say that I will continue to work with David - I have finally found my teacher.

Posted Feb 21, 2022
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David is very thorough and professional. He insists on building a strong technical foundation--getting the fundamentals right before moving you forward.

Posted Oct 27, 2021
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BM -- Jazz Performance
Sep 1990 - Jun 1994
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Instructor details
Guitar
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
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Eastern Way
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
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T
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S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
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45 minutes
$40
60 minutes
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New Student Special
First 3 lessons
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