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Dave C.

The Wide World of Guitar! Not your average teacher...

The Wide World of Guitar! Not your average teacher...

$60/hour

  • 12 hours tutoring

  • Ojai, CA 93023

About Dave


Bio

My name is Dave C., I have been playing guitar for over 30 years, and teaching for 10 years. I have had success with students from age 7 up to students in their 70's. I teach in a wide range of styles, including folk, rock, blues, jazz, popular, classical, slide, electric or acoustic. In addition to the standard way of teaching all of those, I like to incorporate teaching methods, melodic and rhythm concepts from different world cultures for some of my students.

I can teach beginners up...

My name is Dave C., I have been playing guitar for over 30 years, and teaching for 10 years. I have had success with students from age 7 up to students in their 70's. I teach in a wide range of styles, including folk, rock, blues, jazz, popular, classical, slide, electric or acoustic. In addition to the standard way of teaching all of those, I like to incorporate teaching methods, melodic and rhythm concepts from different world cultures for some of my students.

I can teach beginners up to fellow professionals looking for new concepts to apply to their music. So I might give you Indian rhythm syllables to learn when teaching you a folk tune! I focus on what the students goals are and use the methods I know to get them there.

My passions are improvisation, world music, songwriting and composition, and I love to share that with my students. I have been voracious in what I have learned on guitar and love to be able to share this and inspire students with music they haven't ever heard before or new ways to think of the instrument.

I have a BA in Classical Guitar Performance from St. Mary's College of Maryland, an MFA in World Music Performance from California Institute of the Arts. I play 20-string Indian Slide Guitar and 7-string classical guitar and electric guitar. I attended private lessons with jazz guitar pioneer Charlie Byrd, Masterclass with world renowned virtuoso Christopher Parkening, and studied multiple times in India with Indian slide guitar pioneer Pandit Barun Kumar Pal at the Ravi Shankar Centre in New Delhi.

I also have intensively studied with Indian Sarod master Ustad Aashish Khan, Balkan/Flamenco/Rock guitarist Miroslav Tadic. I have released 4 albums of original music, ranging from rock/singer/songwriter, solo guitar and Indian/jazz/world fusion. I am currently working on a new album with my group Mahadev that blends African, Indian, Balkan and jazz influences. I have been featured as a session player on several albums and appeared as a soloist in the films Jaya and Basmati Blues (fall 2014). I have received several awards for my unique playing style.


Education

St. Mary's College of Maryland
Guitar Performance
California Institute of the Arts
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $60
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Ojai, CA 93023
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Composition (Music)

Composition (Music)

I have written over 150 songs and instrumental compositions for solo guitar and band. I have released one album of all original songwriting compositions, one album of original guitar compositions and as well as 2 albums of instrumental band compositions. I have had my own songs covered by others. I have helped students in the past write their own songs.

Music

Composition (Music),

Composition (Music)

I have written over 150 songs and instrumental compositions for solo guitar and band. I have released one album of all original songwriting compositions, one album of original guitar compositions and as well as 2 albums of instrumental band compositions. I have had my own songs covered by others. I have helped students in the past write their own songs.
Ear Training,

Ear Training

In addition to having had to take ear training in college and graduate school, I have very advanced training in Indian Classical music, which uses significantly more scales than western music, as well as microtones. I have also transcribed jazz solos, african music, rock music and more.
Guitar,

Guitar

I have a BA in Guitar Performance from St. Mary's College, and an MFA in World Music Performance on Guitar from CalArts. I received several Artist awards for my guitar playing from the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore, I've release 4 albums independently. I have been teaching guitar for 10 years, have taught a WIDE range of styles...
Music Theory,

Music Theory

I have a BA in Classical Guitar performance from St. Mary's College of Maryland, and I also studied jazz independently with Charlie Byrd. I received my MFA from California Institute of the Arts where I also studied music of India, Africa and the Balkans, with Ustad Aashish Khan and Miroslav Tadic, as well as further studies of jazz and composition with Larry Koonse and Vinnie Golia. I am familiar with very advanced rhythmic, melodic and harmonic concepts, scales and patterns, both in improvisational and written settings.
Songwriting,

Songwriting

I have written over 150 songs and instrumental compositions for solo guitar and band. I have released one album of all original songwriting compositions, one album of original guitar compositions and as well as 2 albums of instrumental band compositions. I have had my own songs covered by others. I have helped students in the past write their own songs.
Voice (Music)

Voice (Music)

I have been singing in bands for 20 years, and have learned to sing much more deeply as a result of learning Indian Classical Music, which is primarily taught by singing even to instrumentalists. I can sing many unusual scales (and rhythms) and have about a 3 octave range (including falsetto).

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Great Rapport With My Teens!

Dave has been great getting my teens started on guitar. He is highly skilled, pleasant, patient and fun. My teens are learning basics, technique and theory, while at the same time very quickly getting skilled enough to pick stuff out and make music on their own. Dave keeps them interested, motivated and enthusiastic. We highly recommend him.

Sharon, 10 lessons with Dave

$60/hour

Dave C.

$60/hour

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