Guitar For Beginners

Each year, David takes on a limited number of beginning guitar students for weekly, in-person lessons. Students have ranged in age from 8 to 70+. You could be picking up the guitar for the first time or just ready to get beyond those first few years of being stuck on the basics. Lessons last 50 minutes and include a post-lesson summary delivered to you via Dropbox.  All lessons are conducted at David's studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

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What my students are saying:

"I started lessons with David as an older beginner (mid-50s) in summer 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'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 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.

"David has been teaching my daughter Ava since spring 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.

“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 in December 2020, working with an old guitar and Zoom. David’s patience and flair for keeping the lessons interesting really helped 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.