Dylan DiLella

Dylan D.

Brooklyn, NY

Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a player and teacher I specialize in rock, free improvisation, and classical but am also highly proficient in jazz, blues, funk, folk and more. I develop each curriculum based on the student's musical interests. We closely study the technique and theory behind songs and artists of the student's choosing. I encourage interdisciplinary courses of study that touch on many different subjects, including music theory and composition/songwriting, but ultimately the student's goals and interests guide my lessons.
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Dylan 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 2009

I have a BA in Music from NYU and have been teaching private guitar lessons for 10 years. In 2009 I created the visionary metal band PYRRHON. We've released three full-length albums, all of which have received critical acclaim from noteworthy publications. I am an expert guitarist, composer, arranger and teacher. In my lessons I am able to cover many topics, including rock, metal, jazz, classical, improvisation, transcription, composition, general dexterity and more. My lessons are interdisciplinary, designed to improve musical comprehension, creative wherewithal, and confidence. Let's build something together.

My band PYRRHON is my primary creative outlet. Our recently released third album, What Passes For Survival, received laudatory reviews, landing on Best of 2017 lists for Rolling Stone, Decibel, Quietus and several other notable publications. We have extensive international touring experience and have worked with several renowned metal labels, including Willowtip and Relapse Records.

Outside of PYRRHON, I record and perform solo guitar pieces under my name, improvise avidly, and study classical guitar. I also have 2 in-the-works musical projects that span the breadth of my musical vocabulary. Initial recordings for both projects will surface by late 2018.

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Freelance Guitar Instructor
May 2009 - Present

Sep 2008 - Present

Guitarist and main songwriter of critically acclaimed experimental death metal band PYRRHON.

"D functions as a pinwheel of ideas and enthusiasms. In only minutes, he conjures shimmering West African guitar music, twinkling classicism, writhing no wave, and suffocating doom." --Pitchfork

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BA Music & Music Business
Sep 2005 - May 2009
New York University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


#15 Best Metal Album of 2017
Dec 2017
Rolling Stone
Metal Band of the Year 2013
Oct 2013
Village Voice

Photos & Videos

A brief About Me
PYRRHON @ Saint Vitus in Brooklyn 2015

PYRRHON @ Louisville Deathfest 2017
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5 Reviews

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Ronald R. Sep 5, 2018
Guitar · Online

Dylan is a very good guitar coach. He is good at recognizing where you need the most work. And instructing you in that area.

Anton Feb 6, 2018
Guitar · In home

Great teacher - patient, flexible, incredibly knowledgeable, and takes you where you want to go with the instrument. I highly recommend!!

Steve Jan 30, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Dylan's an awesome instructor! He's patient, friendly, and open to helping you learn whatever style of guitar playing you'd like. And really flexible and understanding with scheduling. I hadn't played guitar in years when I started back up with Dylan and he was great and informative with helping me through the basics again.

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Jason Jan 30, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Dylan does an excellent job of helping his students achieve their specific goals. When I started taking lessons with him I was only able to play basic rock rhythm guitar. We've moved onto lead playing and more advanced music theory. I can play solos by Tony iommi and frank zappa fluidly now.

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Sam Jan 29, 2018
Guitar · Online

Dylan was a great teacher. Easygoing, professional but still easy to talk to. In terms of lessons, we went over basic jazz harmony, chord tones, transcription and improvisation. I would definitely go to Dylan for more lessons.

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