Classical Guitar Lessons & Classes in Downtown Mercer Island
Find the perfect teacher or instructor in Downtown Mercer Island for private classical guitar lessons in your home or in their studio.
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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
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 F., Principal
“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 S., 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 H., Parkland
“Loving the relaxed atmosphere with David. Bargain prices for the one on one experience with such an awesome, educated and talented musician.”
Raven R., 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 L., 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 J., 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 L., 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."
City of Destiny
"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 B., 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 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 D., 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 R., 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 F. 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 L., 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 J., 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 D., Apple Valley CA
*** Studio Equipment ***
invariable guitars, amps, keyboards, and other stuff.
Tama drumset, Full Mic's.
University trained mind and honed skills. Who cares about the software.
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Generally come from conservatory/ classical background so utilize classical methods of teaching with a contemporary application to suit modern day application
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I've learned everything from Bach to AC/DC, from The Beatles to Rush. David encourages me that I'm improving, but also pushes me to continue to improve.
I am learning a lot under his tutelage, and I am going to keep learning as much as I can.
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I have been helping students reach their goals on guitar for over 18 years! I have been playing guitar for over 20 years and am accomplished on almost any style. My teaching methods help students achieve success because I adjust to each student's needs and abilities individually to create a great experience. I couple traditional teaching with performances offer professional student shows and concerts throughout the year to help enrich the experience!
Throughout my professional career I have toured and played with bands such as Soul Fire, 3 Door Down, and others, and have performed for companies such as 4 County Players in Virginia, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Carolina Players in NC. I play multiple instruments from woodwinds, brass, to guitar, mandolin, violin and have training in singing and vocal training and more!
I use a number of established teaching methods to instruct my studies as well as my own methods that I have perfected through my 18+ years of teaching. My philosophy is that
My only goal is to help you reach yours!
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Marshall, Crate, & Fender Amps
Williams and Yamaha Digital Pianos
Violins of all sizes
Acoustic and Electric Guitars (Fender, Epiphone, Breedlove, etc..)
Computer and Multimedia Supplemental material
I teach Suzuki Method when appropriate, as well as popular scholastic methods when needed for a school band program however, I mostly teach to the student. Each student gets a unique and personalized experience tailored to their specific goals and needs using a variety of available materials, but above all I strive to teach fun when learning the arts!
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My goal as an instructor is to keep the lessons fresh, fun, interesting, and to ultimately guide the students to better teach themselves as they gain experience and familiarity with the instrument and music. Students can have their lessons catered to the music and styles they wish to pursue. Lessons are tailored to each individual student so that we can build upon their strengths and focus on lessons to improve weaker areas. Students will learn how to build dexterity, use proper technique, and be creative. Every student has different goals, some really want to learn theory and read music. Others may simply want to learn to strum a few chords. Whatever the goal, I can provide the instructions to help the student succeed!
The transformative learning experiences at Prestige Guitar are designed to help our students grow both in and out of the classroom. Established in 2016, Prestige Guitar is located in Memphis, TN and reflects the vibrant energy of the area. Our passionate and skilled team members are here to help our students make an impact on the music world. Are you ready to reach your potential? Join us!
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The goal at Prestige Guitar is to keep the lessons fresh, interesting, and to ultimately guide the students to educate themselves as they gain experience and familiarity with the instrument. With lessons that are tailored to the styles our students wish to pursue, we can build upon their strengths and focus on opportunities to improve weaker areas. Every student i
Cole is a professional guitarist and studied music at Western Kentucky University from 2014-2017 with an emphasis in guitar under Professor John Martin. He has played guitar for 19 years in a variety of styles ranging from classical, jazz, blues, rock, metal, finger style, and many others. He has also studied under the phenomenal jazz-fusion guitarist Dani Rabin from the band Marbin and also Kieran Johnston from the Scotland metal band Perpertua. He has studied jazz improv under trumpeter Dr. Marshall Scott. Also has learned much from Grammy Award winner guitarist Greg Martin.
All ages and skill levels accepted. No books to buy, will provide all material needed!
Cole is a composer, arranger and also play a variety of other instruments as bass, piano, ukulele, mandolin, percussion, and extended range guitars.
Works with several music production softwares such as Finale, Cubase, Garage Band, Logic and Protools.
He has worked with artists, audio engineers, and producers such as Chris Robertson (Black Stone Cherry), Russell Brooks (The Schools, 00 The Rabbit, Solo artist) John King (Sixth Floor, South Bound, Mud River Revival), Kenton Embry (Nashville Session player and touring artist), , David Barrick (Barrick Studios), Jason Simpson (Colter Wall), Joel Whittinghill (7 time fiddle, mandolin, and bluegrass guitar champion).
Cole has an extensive knowledge of music theory which he applies to lessons, as well as ear training, harmony, solfege and sight reading just to name a few and depending on the wishes of the student. At his alma mater was a member in the guitar ensemble, guitar quartet, jazz band, and classical solo guitar. He also studied music theory, jazz improv, orchestral arranging, piano, choral arranging, ear training, musical form & analysis, conducting, aural skills, music drama, and music history.
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Hello, My name is Ryan. I am a Seattle native and artist. I began playing music here in the early 90s... My core instrument and the root of my knowledge is the guitar. I have been playing off and on for almost 30 years now. And by off and on I mean, we get busy in life and sometimes there's just not enough time for practice. However, I have been able to find happiness in just the smallest amount of time with my instrument and I hope you'll find a fraction of that happiness for yourself and if you do, believe me, you'll never regret making the effort. So I'll explain quickly my philosophy, It starts with making time. We all know that practice makes perfect and patience is the key to making your own particular artistic vision come to life. It is hard work but, with a little bit of time and effort, you can become the kind of player that you expect you can be. I approach teaching music from this perspective...I Endeavor to emulate those I enjoy listening to. This is my
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Learn to play, your way! I teach you to play, not to just play one song or scale.
Rock, Country, Classical - many styles are offered, and you'll be playing a new song after your first lesson.
My experience has taken me through more than 20 years of music, and I'll pass my knowledge on to you, at your own pace, and in your preferred style.
Are you a rock star? A classical master? A soulful acoustic entertainer?
Whatever you goal - I can help you achieve it. My name is Justin, and I've taught children and adults, and have more than 25 years of guitar experience. Whether you need to learn music theory or to play by ear, I offer lessons to get you right to what will help you play.
I come from a family of musicians, and have played for bands and as a solo performer. I offer lessons in the comfort of your home, and will help you start playing from the moment you pick up your guitar and try.
Music has been a long-term experience and delight. I've been playing the guitar for over a dozen of years. I've played spanish, classical, folk, rock, blues, jazz, and popular songs. I teach mainly beginners, I could also teach intermediate and we can learn scales, chords, tabs, notation and technique. With me it's more than technique that brings flare of scenery to the audience, it's more being speedy (which is cool), or making the lady's swoon. Although the latter is true, the heart is where everything comes from. How you perceive guitar, owning up to practice, and being a devoted, ever persevering musician.
Easier said than done, walk with the instrument along-side.
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An experienced teacher of 4 years, an active member of the Seattle music scene, and a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts. I strive to make lessons an exciting and fun process by creating individualized lesson plans for each student to help you reach YOUR goals!
I strive to teach students the necessary foundation skills that would make them a strong musician while working through material and songs that the student enjoys.
I am knowledgeable in many styles, ranging from Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical guitar, metal, country, etc.
Hope to hear from you soon!
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Elevate your playing to a new level! I'm a Royal Conservatory of Music National Gold Medalist, and have seven years of teaching experience. Guitar is my specialty, but I also teach piano, voice, percussion, ukulele, and more! Let's embark on this musical journey together!
I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in December 2018, where I was a member of the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, Guitar Orchestra, and Guitar Quartets.
I teach music lessons to all ages and skill levels. As a teacher, I am most focused on equipping you with the skills that you need to make music in the world - I won't teach you to play a certain song, I will teach you the fundamentals of music so that you can play ALL of the songs! By the end of lessons with me, I will send you out the door with all of the skills and knowledge necessary to teach yourself!
I teach out of my comfortable and artistic home studio in Tacoma, Washington, but frequently travel to students and clients, as well as teach via the internet.
I teach all styles of music, but some of my personal favorites include classical, rock, jazz, indie, pop, punk, alternative, hip hop, and electronic.
My love for classical guitar started in college with a semester stay in Spain. It continued on through Puerto Rico until I eventually ended back in the United States. Whether its the true classical genre you wish to play, or maybe you just want to play hymns in that style, this is a wonderful way to expand your musical experience!
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Let's learn the most important chords. Play scales and melodies. Learn how to harmonize two guitars. Keep rhythm. Bring a song in your head to life.
I want to focus on teaching beginners. People who have never picked up a guitar before but want to get started. If this is you, I will be a good match. I want to show you how the guitar is not intimidating. You can play chords and sing a song, you can play for someone else, or you can learn the guitar just to know you've mastered it and can play from time to time.
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