Getting the right sound and technique from the start. Focusing on developing your right and left hand to play with control. Most of all the realization of a piece of music.
I have a Bachelors of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Cal State Northridge. I come from a background of instrumental guitar where rock, metal, classical and jazz are my specialties. I believe that music should take you on a journey and that it begins with your first lesson and your first note.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are tailored to the individual and are built upon the student’s needs and goals. Concepts of rhythm, theory, repertoire, technique and musicality are discussed during the lessons. Patience, encouragement and fun are stressed at all times.
*** Studio E
quipment *** Lessons take place in a separate music room. I provide all the accessories to get started.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide amp, music stand, Materials. Student provides the Electric/ Acoustic guitar. I have two or more steel and nylon string guitars for use.
*** Specialties *** Rock, Metal, Classical, Jazz, Flamenco.
Audie M. April 26, 2015
Classical Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
I am learning a lot of essential part on how to play a classical guitar!
Gayathri R. October 29, 2014
In home Verified Student
Todd has been teaching my 14 year old son for several months now. I have to say he has kept my son's interest in the instrument and tailoring teaching to his interest perfectly. Todd is very pleasant and accommodating to my family's scheduling needs. I would recommend him highly!
Jerelyn K. June 18, 2014
In home Verified Student
My daughter has been taking lessons from Tod since last December. He is patient and encouraging with her and she enjoys her lessons. He lets her pick the music she wants to play while ensuring she is learning the fundamentals of reading music.
The study of classical guitar is not for the faint of heart! classical study requires discipline, devotion, commitment, and serious study. .
Classical guitar instruction can build a great base of technique fundamentals for people who go on to study other styles, such as Jazz or Blues.
My name is David, and I am a music teacher of many different subjects. These include guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, recording, music theory, production, composition and film music composition.
All styles, and all ages. Classical, Rock, Alternative, Slide Guitar, Blues, Jazz, and more!
I have a Masters Degree in music from The University of Melbourne in Australia, as well as having the distinction of a Bachelors Degree in Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
Many times a student will come to me after having been with another teacher
for some time,.. they express to me that the other instructor did not teach them what they wanted to learn, nor did they achieve the result that they wanted.
The instructor perhaps had them mired in endless exercises and studies that were great to get you READY to play music, but perhaps was not music in and of itself.
I find that when I get right down to the nitty gritty of playing, and show my students a song they love and know, and get them playing guitar by the end of the session that they are usually thrilled and excited.
In the end it makes them work harder and practice long because THEY ARE PLAYING MUSIC ON THE GUITAR!!!
Certainly exercises are of paramount importance, but when you can make that connection with a student and help them to relate to the guitar the exercises are ultimately easier to them, and the experience of playing guitar an enjoyable and less alienating task.
Grab your guitar and start today!! Let's get you playing TODAY!!!!
“I've been working with David for a couple of months, and it has been a great experience. I'm new to bass, with a little guitar experience--he quickly sized up what I knew and had me working on exercises and a great bass line that got me playing right away. He has been very flexible and accommodating of my schedule needs, and he gives plenty of positive and constructive feedback. I've been working in education for nearly 30 years, and I know a great teacher when I see one. David fits the bill, and I'm lucky to be working with him.”
Rudy Ford, Principal Charles Wright Middle School
“My son had been taking lessons for seven years and was losing interest. David's passion for music, knowledge of music theory, ability to read the student and know the best way to approach the lessons is exactly what my son needed. Along with his background in a wide variety of genres….classical, rock, jazz, etc. has made learning more exciting, resulting in a renewed interest.”
Tammy Sartain, University Place
“David is an outstanding instructor! My son is 5 years old and loves him. My son is occasionally a difficult child with his own special quirks, but David is so patient and observant and tailors the lessons as we go along week to week to keep my son engaged, encouraged and learning. I also have two younger children who must tag along to the lesson and even they are excited during the lessons and are already asking when they start their lessons! We will be starting at least one more child's lessons with him during this coming school year! He is great!”
Cherise Hartman, Parkland
“Loving the relaxed atmosphere with David. Bargain prices for the one on one experience with such an awesome, educated and talented musician.”
Raven Rose, Tacoma
“David is an amazing talent and provides me with much needed inspiration. In little over a year, I have learned a tremendous amount about nearly all styles of guitar, classical and lead guitar in particular. It's very helpful to have an awesome instructor who is extremely knowledgeable and very patient. His lesson plans are geared towards what I want to learn and the lessons that we work on cover all the techniques that are necessary to take my skills to the next level. He makes every lesson fun and he works with me until I am comfortable to move on.”
Larry Larrivee, Gig Harbor
“David tailors each lesson dynamically to my own progression which has been great. Gauges progression and gives you things to work on before the next lesson. Highly recommend him!”
Kory Jamison, Tacoma
"David has been our son's guitar instructor for the better part of a year. During that time we've appreciated his patient encouragement, especially during the early weeks of instruction. His ability to individually tailor his teaching to his students , incorporating their musical interests has helped our son progress quickly and helped keep him motivated. he really is a wonderful teacher."
Amy Lawty, Tacoma
"Where do I begin? I started with a guitar and a couple of chords...(A lot of desire but basically an empty canvas)." 'This was my life for a number of years until I met David.
Now I must first admit, I am ADD so teaching me and captivating my attention is no easy task...David not only broke through that barrier but opened the door to world of music I had aways felt and now suddenly I could touch.
If you posses the desire to learn and the drive to work...the sky is the limit."
Wes Hough City of Destiny Tacoma, WA
"I am very happy with my decision to take lessons with David. In just 2 months I've gone from strumming some chords to understanding picking patterns, learning how to put together an entire song, and expanding my techniques. I am very surprised at how much technical skill I have been able to pick up in such a short period of time"
Marianne Burch, Tacoma
"I'm 46 years old and my only known talent is for overcomplicating things. I've always admired a good guitar player and wanted to learn to play myself--who doesn't?--but felt I didn't have the talent or just "couldn't do it." Then I found David Jaedyn Conley and he said, 'Oh yes you can. Commit to 4 lessons up front and you'll see that you can.' I took the leap and sure enough, he had me playing blues riffs in less than one month. All I had to do was listen and do as he instructed me to and it all comes very naturally. There's no stress, just a whole lot of fun! If you're like me and you thought you couldn't play guitar, start with David and just have some fun with it. It's simple. You won't want to put the guitar down again!"
Dan DuBeau, Tacoma
I had been playing guitar for about 5 years and had only been self taught. I found myself completely stuck playing the same chords and not able to play riffs or solos at all. In my first lesson I was playing the blues with slides and hammer ons and pull offs. In a couple of lessons he had me soloing in different keys and playing riffs from guitar gods! He was able to teach me in a couple lessons what took me years trying to teach myself! He makes lessons so much fun because not only are you learning the music theory but he relates it to popular songs that you can practice along with. He also has so much knowledge in other aspects as well. He can teach you about music gear and amps or help you compose your own music. He caters to your style and taste in music and can teach you ANYTHING!
I love guitar period, but it's overtly frustrating when you have no idea where to start, or how to play at all. I went through multiple guitar instructors trying to learn how to play and each of them weren't very specific, or didn't hone in on any one thing at a time so you could really start to get it down and process it. Then we happened to find David, and he was really what we were looking for. I started picking up chords like no other, It helped, and is helping tremendously. He goes into depth about the song,letting you comprehend it a little more, and ultimately learning it quicker and better.
Skye Reed, Tacoma WA
I have had 4 different Blues guitar Teacher in the last 6 months, getting nowhere as far as really playing some Blues until I ran across David. The other teachers just wanted me to learn the pentatonic scales, Major and Minor. That took a lot of boring weeks and I am sure I will need to know those scales but I just wanted someone to show / teach me Blues chords, related to Blues songs and the timing to the chord changes so I could start playing some kind of Blues. I have had 6 one hour lessons so far with David and I am playing the Blues. The first 4 hours Dave showed me a E, A, B7 blues chord progression with some step up and step down notes. The 2nd 2 hours Dave showed me a A, D9, A7,E9 Blues chords and Blues timing with slides.
I take one hour Lessons every Thursday and in 6 hours I am playing the Blues. I picked up the guitar about 6 months ago, started teaching myself and not really getting anywhere. I am not a fast learner, about average in learning something new. Now I set a home Learning my guitar and polishing the Blues songs that David has taught me, starting to get FUN.
Les Fairley Tacoma, Wa.
Working with David has made me focus on areas of my chops that needed fine tuning. He provides the basic exercises and tools that, when practiced enough in a zen-like manner, clarifies your understanding of movement on the fret board, and makes you sound a bit more professional. Questions regarding speed, theory, notation, composition, and even string size, are ready for answer with David, which is what keeps me working with him. From begining, to intermediate, to professional levels, if you're looking to improve your chops, Dave's your guy.
Frank Lorenzo, Seattle WA
I had tried many different instructors and had become very frustrated with trying to learn guitar. Within one lesson David had me playing ACDC and RUSH! David just has a way of explaining things so that they make sense and doesn't waste any time getting right down to the nuts and bolts of guitar. A lot of other instructors spend alot of time getting you 'ready' to play guitar, but with David we got down to playing guitar right away!
Stevie Johannsen, Olympia WA
“I started receiving lessons from David a few years ago, to improve my guitar abilities. I always used to tell people, "I've been playing guitar since the Eighties, though you would never know it." At the time I started, I knew some Metal riffs, three-chord Punk Rock progressions, and simple 12-bar blues. Though I took two guitar classes and first-year Music Theory in college in the early Nineties, the only scale I could say I knew was "blues pentatonic," emphasis on the quotation marks.
My goal was to relearn Modes/Scales, and brush up on theory, so that I could write more complex material. David taught me that, and so much more. Over these few years, I've learned Progressive Rock, Fusion/Jazz, and even some Country styles, as well as a great deal more about Metal and, yes, even Punk from David. I can play leads and solos with much more proficiency, in timing with the rhythm, and more tonally correct, than I ever could before. He has also helped me read music better, construct more professional-sounding compositions, and has started me on my own path to produce my own recordings, from recommending and using recording software, to capturing dynamics with mic placement, to mixing the rough takes to get the most out of the sound.
For a musician of any level or caliber, having an instructor like David is a true asset--for he has the knowledge and skills to take an entry-level musician every step of the way to becoming a professional performer, recorder, mixer, engineer, and producer. The only limit to the lesson's potential is your own level of determination, which David quite expertly helps you to improve with every session. Even if your goal is to simply learn to play one song on one instrument--and David teaches MANY instruments--he will have you playing that song like the musician who wrote it before you realize it--as long as you stick with your practice between lessons. That part's up to you!”
Marc Q Digby, Apple Valley CA
*** Studio Equipment *** Mac Logic Presonus invariable guitars, amps, keyboards, and other stuff. Tama drumset, Full Mic's. University trained mind and honed skills. Who cares about the software.
*** Specialties *** Generally come from conservatory/ classical background so utilize classical methods of teaching with a contemporary application to suit modern day application
Brandon C. December 9, 2016
Classical Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
David was knowledgeable and helpful. He tailored the lesson to my goals. Now time for lots of homework with a metronome!
Kara August 6, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Great lesson. Good practical lesson content. Teaching was organized and made sense to me. Took home a lot of great things to practice at home.
Kory April 17, 2016
Classical Guitar ·
David tailors each lesson dynamically to my own progression which has been great. Gauges progression and gives you things to work on before the next lesson. Highly recommend him!
August is an extraordinarily versatile guitarist who has been playing in Seattle for over a decade. He has studied under distinguished players of the electric, classical and steel-stringed guitar and at Berklee College of Music and Cornish College of the Arts. Gus has also studied with the guitar chairs of Julliard, Yale, Curtis and USC.
Past performances have included works by J.S. Bach, Alex de Grassi, Edward Van Halen, Michael Jackson, T-cophony, Michael Hedges, Billy Strayhorn, Jimi Hendrix, Toru Takemitsu, Mississippi John Hurt and others.
*** Lesson Details *** I love teaching and
helping people discover their talent. If you're hoping to pursue advanced studies, develop your skills or learn the basics, I can help. I teach people of all ages, backgrounds, and stylistic preferences. Beginners are welcome. My lessons are tailored to your goals and designed to give you the tools to navigate any genre and find your own unique voice.
I want all of my students to study what interests them and to have fun while doing it; they are welcome to bring in anything they want to work on.
Styles that I've taught in the past include: Classical, Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Country, Steel-String, Finger-style, Folk, Rock, Jazz, Spanish, Mariachi, Brazilian, and Hawaiian Slack Key .
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitars, Basses, Amplification, Hand Drums, Piano, Microphones, Practice space, Recording equipment, Waiting room, Instrument maintenance-workshop & Music library.
*** Travel Equipment *** All the student needs is his or her guitar- although I can occasionally loan one out. I provide the materials, extra picks, etc.
*** Specialties *** Acoustic guitar- Folk, Pop, Rock, Singer-songwriter.
New Age Steel-String Guitar - In the style of Andy Mckee, Alex Degrassi, Michael Hedges, etc. (alternate tuning, extended technique, right hand tapping, composition)
Tony Wang October 3, 2016
Blues Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
a knowledgeable and friendly teacher, recommend!
Susan April 9, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
I wanted to learn guitar, but felt some anxiety about my abilities. Gus was very encouraging and made me feel relaxed and confident. The lessons were matched to my abilities and interests so that, although challenging, they were fun too. Would recommend.
Not my specialty, I have come to classical guitar technique through my experiences studying Flamenco in Spain and through learning with my current students. I love to work on it though, and am a strong, literate finger style player.
Ian has graduated with an associates of music, along with studying with a handful of Seattle's finest instructors for Jazz guitar. In addition to studying flamenco guitar in Barcelona with the world-renowned Pedro J. Gonzales, Ian is also is a practiced percussion and drums instructor, and trained vocalist. He regularly plays in clubs around Seattle, is frequently employed by local musical theater orchestras, and already teaches a vibrant studio in Northeast Seattle.
I have a six year background of teaching music, which overlaps with a six year background of working at and managing
a K-5 after school/summer daycare, so I can especially excel at getting the best out of young students, but love to teach all ages.
*** Lesson Details *** Depending on your age, experience and musical aspirations, lessons will be approached from various angles. I have taught seven-year old girls to strum and sing Taylor Swift songs just as much as I have taught aspiring young jazz players their beginning standards and Jazz theory. I try to work music theory in to my lessons, and always assure that my young students have proper music reading skills. Ultimately my goal as a teacher is to have fun connecting and playing the music that my students are passionate about, while simultaneously attempting to introduce them to new concepts and music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Drum Sets, Guitars, Amps, Keyboard and more.
*** Travel Equipment *** Various Acoustic and Electric Guitars, amps, Snare Drum, stands, etc. Drum sets, if necessary.
*** Specialties *** Teaching Guitar and Drums/percussion to children. Jazz and Funk Guitar, Classic Rock, Musical Theater.
11 years of teaching and 20 years of playing experience. I specialize in composition and performance. I studied both at the Tacoma School of the Arts. Often times my composition jobs are completed with short deadlines: 72-hour film festivals, 48-hour film festivals, and so on. My performance experience includes having performed live over 100 times in the few years I've actually started performing seriously, for weddings, parties, bands etc.
I specialize in seeking and catching weaknesses in musicians and creating customized exercises to strengthen my students. My goal is not to have a star student that builds my reputation as a teacher but instead to have happy students that are satisfied with every lesson. I love questions and I love those "aha!" moments that my students encounter. I feel most accomplished when my students show up to the lesson excited and ready to learn. I used to be a driver for the United Parcel Service, but I quit for a career in music. This includes teaching, composing, doing studio work and perfo
rming around the Pierce and King County area. My compositions are found in a few radio commercials and state documentaries and my own, personal material found on my CDs (which will also be for sale when I am satisfied with it). My music listening preferences include everything from Abba to Zappa, listening to every album Funk to Bach. Message me now and let's start planning your progress!
Kaela August 19, 2016
Bronson is great at coming up with easy tricks to help each student with a particular issue they are having. He is very patient and cares about you playing the music you like. He is a great teacher!