Tom Dawson

Tom D.

Portland, OR
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Pick a song you want to learn - I'll teach you how to play it! Want to learn how to write your own song? I can teach you!

I focus on your interests as a guitarist, and develop the lessons from there. I really listen and get to know you as a guitarist, a songwriter, a bandmate - however you see yourself, and help you achieve your dreams. All my lessons are rooted in a firm grasp of music theory, proper guitar technique, and a deep understanding of music history.

I've been teaching private guitar and songwriting lessons for over 10 years and have been a performing professional guitarist for 15 years. I've earned a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Oregon and have performed all over the United States and Canada in one band or another. I have extensive experience as a recording artist, and my work has been featured in several full length albums, EP's and singles as well as several independent films. I have also produced music for American Express commercials and other commercial projects.

If you are serious about improving your technique, your band, your songs, and your voice, I can help you. All ages and beginners are welcome. I can teach you how to play (and sing) any song you want to learn, as well as teach you how to write your own.

About Tom D.

I'm a professional guitarist, songwriter, and music producer. I graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors of Music, specifically guitar.

Every guitar player has their own unique interests and influences. I teach students to find their own voice through the instrument, all the while teaching proper technique and theory, so that not only can they play what they want to play, but understand it as well.

I teach guitar and songwriting to all ages and experience levels. Students can expect to improve on weekly basis. I can teach students to read music, play traditional jazz and blues, as well as read guitar tablature and play more contemporary styles like rock, punk, metal, indie and much more. I listen to the student and develop lessons based on their goals and interests.

I have performed live with one well known band or another, from coast to coast across the United States and Canada, and in the studio I have worked directly with some of the industry's top producers. I have extensive experience as a recording artist, and my work has been featured in several full length albums, EP's and singles as well as several independent films. I have also produced music for radio and television commercials and other projects.

My passion is helping unlock the inner voice of the student, whether is comes through a song, or simply through guitar itself. To be a great musician you must first be a great listener. I think this approach applies to teaching as well. Whatever you dream of doing, I can help you develop a path, step by step, to get there.


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After years of working on my scales and feeling like I still didn't know my way around the guitar, Tom was able to explain how to play scales vertically in both major and minor keys in just one lesson. No one before him had been able to explain it in such a way for it to finally click for me. Since then, I feel like my shredding skills have improved 10 fold and I have fallen even more in love with playing and jamming along to my favorite songs. Tom is patient, kind, calm, and an incredibly skilled guitarist that anyone would be lucky to learn from!

Posted Apr 14, 2020
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Thomas Dawson is a very informative, positive, and educational guitar teacher. He’s degree in music from University of Oregon is proof of his vast musical knowledge. His focus on rhyme will be sure to help you become a great guitar player. Above all he is a great person and fun to be around. After taking lessons with Tom my guitar skills and musicality vastly improved. I highly recommend him has a teacher.

Posted Apr 6, 2020

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Bachelors of Science in Music with a Minor in Psychology
Sep 2001 - Jun 2005

University of Oregon

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