The gift (to yourself) that keeps on giving.
Guitar For Songwriters
For guitar-oriented songwriters, one of the greatest tools for inspiration is your instrument. The more fluent you are on your guitar, the more you can use it as a tool to jump-start your creative process. Working in person or over Zoom, I can arm you with a critical guitar vocabulary that will allow you to turn to your guitar as a springboard for musical success and joy.
Based on years of in-person teaching, my approach has been honed to move an absolute beginner from zero to stage in the shortest possible time. Lessons take place in-person in Ann Arbor, Michigan, or online using Zoom. Once you master the basic skills of beginning guitar and learn how to practically apply them, the joy of making music will forever become a defining part of who you are.
"David has been teaching my daughter since Spring of 2020 and I am amazed at her progress. She started as a complete beginner and has learned several songs; she loves her lessons and thoroughly enjoys working with David. She told me he tailors the instruction to her and his easy-going manner has alleviated her performance anxiety. He even helped her pick out a guitar which she saved up to buy. Highly recommend!!!" - Heidi A.
"Very helpful step-by-step entry into something very difficult to master on your own. Through his instruction, I've gone from total beginner to writing and performing my own songs, something I never thought I'd be able to do. Great teacher."
- Ava H.
“My name is Ari (9) and I have been studying guitar with David for more than a year. I always look forward to my lessons with him. He chooses music for us to play that I really like and teaches me new kinds of music that I've never heard before. He makes me a better guitar player and I really like it when we jam out together. For all those reasons, he is a great teacher.”
- Ari P.
"I started lessons with David as an older beginner (mid-50s) in the summer of 2021. I appreciate his teaching style: structuring lessons with a curriculum in mind that incorporates technique, music theory, song structure, performance strategies, and the simple joy of playing. He's always willing to customize lessons around my musical interests. The short video summaries and other materials he provides after each lesson are very helpful and eliminate the anxiety around having to commit everything to memory during the lesson."
- Tom S.
"I started lessons with David in December 2020, working with an old guitar and Zoom. David’s patience and flair for keeping the lessons interesting really helped me overcome the challenges of learning remotely. As an older learner, I appreciate him sending videos of the lesson’s key points and fingering charts for the chords to help while I practice. I highly recommend David to anyone interested in learning to play the guitar."
- Joe A.
"I've been meaning to “up” my guitar playing skills for a while. I'm retired with extra time on my hands and own a nice guitar, but needed a teacher to make it happen. David has been the answer to my needs. Weekly lessons, with follow-up videos to enhance at-home practice, have done the trick. David quickly figured out my deficits and got a plan established and implemented to address my needs and goals. David’s approach includes clear instructional communication, excellent visual examples, and efforts made to break things down which, when all is said and done, contribute to a good learning arrangement. With a commitment to practice, my skills have improved and I am looking forward to learning new concepts and techniques to further my playing skills."
- John C.