Nathan DiDonato

Nathan D.

North Wales, PA

Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Anything and everything guitar is my specialty. Electric or acoustic welcome. We will cover the parts of the instrument and why everything is so darn important (like how to stay in tune!).

If you plug your guitar in, we can perfect your guitar's signal flow, pedals, and amplifier settings, too!

I cover all kinds of styles, from simple note and scale picking and open chords, to pop/rock/punk/metal/blues/jazz and more.

Want to learn basic rhythm? lead? fast strumming? how about making those big chords without making your hands hurt? I can help! You'll be jamming along with your favorite songs and with friends in no time.

I typically will teach and write guitar using tablature instead of standard sheet music. These are a simple set of lines and numbers that are much easier to read, and once learned will instantly give you access to thousands of songs.

Also I can show you how to play with a capo or slide, fingerstyle or pick. If you want to learn grunge or sing deep, I can show you how to play in lower tuning as well!

I can give tips on playing live or being in a band, as well as marketing yourself. I can also tell you what apps and programs to try, or websites and videos to watch.

If you don't desire to be the world's fastest, then I will not bore you with countless finger drills and complex scale practice runs. We don't have to dive head-first into theory or technical terms if you just want to learn a few songs. You let me know what is comfortable.

Here's a breakdown of points I can teach:
parts of the guitar
maintenance/repair
pick techniques (types of picks, holding, positions, attack areas, wrist techniques, slides, scrapes, tapping/knocking, nut scrapes)
tuning (maintaining, alternate, open, dropped, capo)
proper technique (posture, instrument length/scale, using your strap, position, hand positions)
volume swells and related techniques
pickup selections
tone changes
chords (open, barre (closed), power, intervals, inversions, positions, voicings)
intervals
scales (chromatic, pentatonic, harmonic, exotic/foreign, pattern/designer)
theory (keys, sharps/flats, basic composition, song patterns)
note length
slides
bends (forward and reverse)
one string techniques
string skipping
linear techniques
quarter-step techniques
slide guitar
harmonics (natural, harp, artificial)
tapping (closed, open, multi-string, multi-finger)
sweeps
effects (how to chain them, using chorus, reverb, delay, flange, phase, compression, envelope, equalizer, harmonizer, talkbox, wah
whammy pedal, etc.)
string pushing
style/mood changes
recording yourself
"jamming" with others
playing in front of an audience and other performance notes

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About

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

Teaching since:
July 2014

Hello!

My name is Nathan, but you can also call me Nate or Nay.
I have played guitar, bass, and drums for over twenty years.
I also sing, play piano, and play several wind instruments.

I compose music, and I have been involved in numerous live performance bands and recording studio projects.

I am an ASCAP songwriter with a history of working part-time for an independent A&R company, and have a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies with a minor in web technology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

I studied music theory, composition, and technology in school, and continue to during my spare time. I have had a few years of guitar lessons under several teachers, including several months of classical guitar training with sight reading.

I am primarily involved in rock, pop, and heavy metal, but have experience in many other genres.
I listen to and play all kinds of music!
Anything my students listen to or want to learn is fine by me!
Classical, soul, country, jazz, electronic, dance, etc...
I believe there's much to learn in all of them!

I've been giving private lessons since 2014. Before that I would teach bandmates and friends how to play songs (both original songs and covers), as well as instructing various techniques on instruments.

I do my best to demonstrate proper technique and posture to help eliminate bad habits that lead to discomfort and potential injury. Let's get you comfortable, you'll enjoy your instrument much more!

I have even shown tricks and tips to persons that have played for decades more than myself, wishing they knew the correct way at first to prevent surgeries and rehabilitation.

I will gladly help you maintain your instrument and can do repairs to almost anything regarding drums/guitar/bass, saving you money from costly repair shops!

If you are interested in recording, I can demonstrate how to use various programs to both record and edit songs, then how to mix and master them. I can teach you how to get a "recording musician" mindset, and how to work and perform in a studio environment.

I'll also give tips on playing on stage, working from local gigs all the way to the professional level.

I enjoy teaching in a way to help other players love their instruments. I believe the first goal is to give it your own voice, and then continue to gain the expressive means to make it an extension of your mind and body. I will encourage you to grow your roots as you see fit.

If you stay interested, the instrument will grow with you, and continue to be a companion as long as you come back to it.

There's no embarrassment in being coached how to crawl, fall, and then walk before learning how to run.
Your goals will be self-discipline, resisting hesitation, and finding the will to tread the paths to improvement.

However, you ultimately need to have fun to stay on path! I tend to laugh a lot when I teach and encourage you to do so as well. Laughing relieves our daily stress and associates positive attitude towards your instrument.
We all make countless mistakes every day, but playing a wrong note should just feel silly, not bring you anger or frustration.

If you become flustered at a song, it's probably not important to flawlessly master it this minute.
So unless you have a gig or recital, we can come back another time!

I have a resume available. You can also request a sample outline/lesson plan in regards to your skill and instrument.


Thanks for reading, hope to hear from you soon!
-Nathan

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Experience

Owner
Feb 1996 - Present
Pure Water Studios

Duties include: audio recording, production, and engineering, editing, mixing, mastering, signal flow, composition and conversion of audio/video/image formats, MIDI systems, applying principals of audio and acoustic techniques and adaptive correctional technology.

Since 1996, leads and heavily participates in recordings at personal studio.

Also performs semi-actively in Philadelphia, PA and its suburbs.

Experienced teaching dozens of other guitarists and bassists original compositions and cover songs for both live performance and recording sessions.

Original music has awarded song placements in music catalogs including Songs With Vision, Crucial Music, and DSM.

Currently works with act Yuki Yuki Yasumi.
Also writes and records original material under pseudonym Jack Tradesman.

Sample books resourced for lessons:
Guitar Exercises for Dummies
Blues Guitar for Dummies
Art of Kirk Hammett
Art of Joe Satriani
Steve Vai 30 Hour Workout
Rock Guitar Secrets
Drums for Dummies
Music Composition for Dummies
Music Theory for Dummies
Listen (Kerman/Tomlinson, 4th edition)
Introductory Musicianship (Lynn, 5th edition)
Miscellaneous Berklee School of Music lessons
Digital Recording for Musicians for Dummies
Excerpts from my personal lesson manuscripts

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Education

Bachelor of Arts
Sep 2000 - Dec 2005
West Chester University of Pennslyvania
Communication Studies and Web Technology
Sep 2000 - Dec 2005
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
High School Degree - Music Emphasis
Sep 1996 - May 2000
North Penn High School

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Japanese
Limited Proficiency

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Sep 2006

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

A sample of myself getting warmed up on my primary instruments.
Live with Yuki Yuki Yasumi

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Live with The Machine Stops

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Live solo acoustic performance

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My personal pick of the top solos I recorded on my current band's debut album.
Live with Yuki Yuki Yasumi
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9 Reviews

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Karen Jul 24, 2019
Guitar · In home

Nathan is an excellent teacher. He is very clear in his explanations and helped me to better understand guitar chords, strumming patterns and fingering. He gave me several exercises to work on in the coming weeks. I am looking forward to my next class.
-Karen A

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Brian S. Jul 10, 2019
Bass Guitar · In home

Great lesson. Look forward to next week.

Gavin Jul 2, 2019
Guitar · In home

Excellent. Friendly and met my son where he’s at!

Jay Jun 7, 2019
Guitar · In home

Nate is an awesome teacher. He has been coming to our house for over 4 years to teach guitar to my son. He is very polite, accommodating, responsible and a great teacher. He is very passionate about guitar, and makes it a fun and engaging experience for your child. He became like a member of our family, and always goes an extra mile to accommodate our child. He teaches my son music that a teenager would enjoy playing. I would highly recommend him.

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Melisa J. Aug 2, 2015
Drum · In home

My 11 yr old son had no experience on the drums but decided to buy himself a inexpensive drum set. We found Nathan on Takelessons for my son's drum instructor. He began with basic instructions and my son instantly took a great interest to it and has improved tremendously. Nathan is a phenomenal drum teacher. He is patient with my son and is always introducing new techniques, which my son enjoys showing off to us! You can't go wrong with Nathan!

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Scott C. Feb 17, 2015
Guitar · In home

I’m an adult learner and could not be more pleased with Nate as a teacher. His energy, talent, knowledge of all kinds of music and easy going, relaxed personality has made lessons fun and without stress. Nate prepares and goes out of his way to research and find things for me to learn and work on. He is able to come up with things on the fly that can benefit you while in the lesson. He communicates very well, and explains more complex things in a way you can understand them and if not…he’s very easy to talk to and I don’t’ feel embarrassed to as those “stupid” questions. He is able to help me with any kind of music whether it be the blues, country, rock and roll or heavy metal. With all that said, I would highly recommend Nate as a teacher for guitar for all ages.

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Martin Z. Jan 16, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

I have taken instrument lessons in the past, but never for guitar, which I have been teaching myself for many years. I’m glad I came across Nathan because he seems to be able to answer all of my questions that I had stocked up. We began with a lesson about the history of tuning frequencies because I mentioned I was interested in that. An hour flew by as we went over everything from the fundamentals to learning certain scales and theory that will help me in the music that I tend to play.
Nathan is very pleasant, easygoing and thoughtful in approach. Now I have some awesome charts and scales to absorb and practice because he left me with the best visual diagrams of scales on a fretboard I have ever seen. Looking forward to more lessons!

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Noah F. Nov 18, 2014
Guitar · In home

I have been playing guitar for 18 years on and off again (key words: on and off again). I must say that I have been in a “stalemate” in terms of advancing my capabilities for the longest time. I have been playing the same main riff Def Leppard songs over and over for years… In addition, I had no grasp of musical theory whatsoever, with the exception of the very basic chord formations.

I recently saw Nathan perform at a local open mic night. I was so taken back by his seamless ability to flow up and down the fret board. He is one guitar virtuoso, to say the least. He made an announcement to the crowd that he gave guitar lessons. I was intrigued and inquired more after he performed.

Currently, I have taken half a dozen guitar lessons under the guidance of Nathan. He has taken my guitar work to a whole other level – somewhere I couldn't even imagine doing. I told him my goal is to “solo” more and he taught me just that.

Nathan started teaching me in the key of C and tied in the boring theory in an easy way to grasp. By the end of my first lesson, I grasped E Phrygian, G Mixolydian, D Dorian, etc. and how they all interweave together.
Nathan is a class A guitar teacher. Without reservation, I recommend Nathan as your guitar teacher. He is respectful and will teach you at “your” pace, which is something my previous teacher 18 years ago never did. Thumbs up, Nathan; looking forward to next week’s lesson. I have been practicing a lot and I owe that to you!!!!!!!

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Toni S. Oct 26, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home

My daughter had been taking lessons at a local guitar school for over a year before we tried Takelessons.com and found Nathan. It was the best thing that could have happened for us. My daughter has a renewed passion for her guitar. Nathan has worked at her pace and gotten her excited about learning,again. He is super friendly and can keep up with my nine year olds' never ending questions. He is very patient with her and tries to work with her interests. I'm sure we will be using him for lessons for a long time to come.

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