David Smith

David S.

Fairfax, VA
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David is a successful singer/songwriter/guitarist out of Fairfax, VA. He has a bachelor's degree in Music with a concentration in composition from Salisbury University, where he also studied jazz and classical guitar . In the 25 years he has been performing (20 of those professionally) and playing guitar, he has released 4 CDs and written over 200 original songs. He has opened for major national acts like Journey, Maroon 5, Toby Keith, My Chemical Romance, The Used, Thrice, Story of the Year, The Bouncing Souls, Eric Hutchinson, Virginia Coalition and Graham Colton. In the process, he has performed at such notable venues as FedEx Field, Nationals Park, Jiffy Lube Live/Nissan Pavilion, the 9:30 Club, The Hamilton and Rams Head Live.

As a teacher, David has taught in numerous locations in the Maryland area for the last 23 years. His students generally range anywhere from 4-70+ years old and come from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of proficiency, from basic beginners to advanced. Some of his students have also gone on to pursue careers in music, others have just learned as a hobby, and some have been somewhere in between the two. All are welcome!


*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in living room with couches, chairs, cables/amps, as well as extra guitars (acoustic and electric) and a bass guitar, if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide amps and stands, etc if needs be. However, if they are already provided for the student's sake/in terms of the student (i.e. I'll bring the equipment needed for myself), this would be ideal.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, rock, jazz, blues, classical, metal and funk.

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • B.A. in Music Composition from Salisbury University

Reviews (13)

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Brendan Dec 21, 2018
Guitar · In home

I had to switch the lesson to in-home roughly 3 hours before the scheduled lesson. David was great and accommodating. He gave me a crash course on scales, which I didn't know anything about, and explained them so that I actually started to understand.

Samantha Gordon Mar 10, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

My first lesson with David was excellent! He is very patient and knowledgeable. I now have extremely high expectations for learning to play the guitar. I highly recommend him. He gave me a thorough explanation about how guitars are made made, the parts, we tuned the guitar and I am ready to groove!

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John B. Oct 8, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Feeling very confidant with my choice in instructor!

lingling he Aug 17, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I just have my very first two lessons with David. He gave a very clear deriction and prictice guide for each lesson, easy to follow. I also believe as a wonderful musicalan, his musical experience would a plus for his teaching.

Krishna R. Jul 13, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Very friendly and great teaching!

Syndee D. Jul 16, 2015
Guitar · In home

The lesson went awesomely! Dave was very friendly and went at my pace. He made sure I understood what he was teaching. He was upbeat and positive!

MichaelW3 Jul 20, 2011
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Good Teacher

My son has really enjoyed his lessons with David.

PadiA Mar 14, 2011
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Excellent Teacher

I'm very pleased to have him as my daughter's teacher..very patient..nice personality....P.Asuncion March 14-11

DawnG Feb 1, 2011
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Dave is GREAT!

Dave has been a great guitar teacher! He is patient and teaches songs my son enjoys playing. Thanks Dave!

RonS1 Jan 29, 2011
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Excellent instructor!

Far superior to other instructors that I have had. I would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn to play or wanting to improve their play.

SteveK1 Jan 14, 2011
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Dave and Program was AWESOM

I have some things in my family to take care of. Dave is an excellent instructor and when I come back I hope I'm fortunate too have Dave teach me once again!!!

RoksoonK Dec 27, 2010
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He is a nice teacher~!!

My son likes him and his teaching very much.

DennisP May 15, 2010
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Bass LEssons

David is a very talented musician. He is fun to learn with. He addressed any and all of my needs as a student.Very Cool!


Lesson Details

Music Performance

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

David enjoys teaching students from all different backgrounds and levels of proficiency. Whether you are just starting out or a virtuoso shredder in the making, he is happy to teach you! Over all, he is fairly laid back, as long as you practice. He usually combines work with reading off of the treble clef (what he likens to "eating your vegetables." You may not want to do it, but it will make you a healthier musician!) with learning more popular songs (or songs the student says they would like to learn) through tablature and chord charts, depending on the style of the song.

David is also very pro music theory. He usually incorporates music theory into the curriculum in conjunction with the material already being discussed. He is also very knowledgeable about composition/songwriting, and if the student is interested in learning more about this area, he is happy to share what he knows!

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Experience

Guitar instructor
Jan 2008 - Oct 2017

Mike's Music

• Teach students various styles of music such as: rock, jazz, classical, blues, folk, funk, country, hip-hop, rhythm & blues, and more. • Incorporate music theory lessons into curriculum in tandem with technical and aural aspects of performance and comprehension. • Allow students to bring recordings of songs they want to learn to lessons, then transcribe and teach them to the students by ear. • Teach students to read off the respective staff (treble clef for guitar, bass clef for bass) for their instrument, as well as reading tablature and chord charts.

Guitar instructor
Oct 2007 - Oct 2010

Woodbridge Music

• Teach students various styles of music such as: rock, jazz, classical, blues, folk, funk, country, hip-hop, rhythm & blues, and more. • Incorporate music theory lessons into curriculum in tandem with technical and aural aspects of performance and comprehension. • Allow students to bring recordings of songs they want to learn to lessons, then transcribe and teach them to the students by ear. • Teach students to read off the respective staff (treble clef for guitar, bass clef for bass) for their instrument, as well as reading tablature and chord charts.

Guitar instructor
Feb 2005 - Sep 2007

Bill's Music House

• Teach students various styles of music such as: rock, jazz, classical, blues, folk, funk, country, hip-hop, rhythm & blues, and more. • Incorporate music theory lessons into curriculum in tandem with technical and aural aspects of performance and comprehension. • Allow students to bring recordings of songs they want to learn to lessons, then transcribe and teach them to the students by ear. • Teach students to read off the respective staff (treble clef for guitar, bass clef for bass) for their instrument, as well as reading tablature and chord charts.

Guitar instructor
Jul 2004 - Jan 2006

Victor Litz Music Center

• Teach students various styles of music such as: rock, jazz, classical, blues, folk, funk, country, hip-hop, rhythm & blues, and more. • Incorporate music theory lessons into curriculum in tandem with technical and aural aspects of performance and comprehension. • Allow students to bring recordings of songs they want to learn to lessons, then transcribe and teach them to the students by ear. • Teach students to read off the respective staff (treble clef for guitar, bass clef for bass) for their instrument, as well as reading tablature and chord charts.

Guitar instructor
Aug 1999 - Jun 2004

Salisbury Music and Instrument Repair

• Teach students various styles of music such as: rock, jazz, classical, blues, folk, funk, country, hip-hop, rhythm & blues, and more. • Incorporate music theory lessons into curriculum in tandem with technical and aural aspects of performance and comprehension. • Allow students to bring recordings of songs they want to learn to lessons, then transcribe and teach them to the students by ear. • Teach students to read off the respective staff (treble clef for guitar, bass clef for bass) for their instrument, as well as reading tablature and chord charts.


Education

B.A. in Music Composition
Sep 1998 - May 2004

Salisbury University


Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Awards

Music Department Award 2004
May 2004

Salisbury University

Music Department Award 2003
May 2003

Salisbury University


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