Garrick Davis

Redwood City, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I consider myself a guide. I am self-taught but it is through working with many students that I have learned how complex learning guitar can be. I teach Blues for building a sense of rhythm/dynamics/structure and Beatles music for learning chords and learning song structure. I actually work with all kinds of music from metal(Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold) to singer/songwriter(Taylor Swift) and more. Check out my YouTube lesson videos to see the variety of styles my past and current students learn, by choice! My main goal is to help create a satisfying foundation for my students to understand this great instrument and it's potential to create bridges, build self-esteem and lines of communicate 'for life'.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

It is possible to share something real and will add to a person's life as well as to those around them. I love to see progress and success by those who put effort into the quest. There is no other way.
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Location

Redwood City, CA 94062

Background check

Complete

Years in business

16

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

55

Reviews

27 Reviews
  • Marilee S. May 25, 2017
    Guitar Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Garrick is very patient and engaging with our 7yo son. Our son loves his guitar lessons and wants to play. He's the real deal with his own gigs and he teaches using music we love. Garrick gets 5 stars because he unexpectedly requested to join us when we purchased our guitar, picked an appropriate used(!) one with metal strings and had it modified to bring the frets in closer for small fingers. His lessons feel customized. We recommend Garrick!
  • Jessica Z. Mar 16, 2017
    Guitar Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Great teacher!
    Garrick is a true professional. He has a way with my son that makes him want to play AND practice!
  • Sarah G. Feb 22, 2017
    Guitar Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    A fantastic teacher!
    I feel grateful for finding Garrick on Thumbtack! He has taught my 8 year old son, who is a beginner at guitar. Garrick's infectious love for life and music has really inspired my son. He has offered a great mix of fun and technique during lessons and my son was quickly able to play songs and enjoy playing his instrument. I would highly recommend Garrick as a teacher.
  • Cameron M. Nov 28, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Cool
    Very prompt, accomodating, and ambitious. We're about to begin lessons. Seems like a pretty cool dude.
  • Simone G. Oct 20, 2016
    Solo Musician Entertainment
    Verified Review
    Garrick's music brought our wedding to life!
    My fiance and I asked Garrick to play at our wedding...and I'm so glad he could add beautiful music to our special day! We hired Garrick to play soul and classic rock to liven up our outdoor cocktail hour and he did not disappoint. He was a true professional and working with him was smooth sailing. We are still receiving compliments from our guests who enjoyed his music! We would not hesitate to hire Garrick again...and will definitely recommend his services to our friends in the Bay Area! Thank you, Garrick!
  • Andrew W. Sep 3, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Great teacher
    Very adaptable, outgoing, easy to talk to, goes at your own pace, overall a very enjoyable time
  • Rachael G. Nov 16, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    One of a kind experience with great flexibility in his teaching style. Garrick comes highly recommended from my family and a trustworthy instructor!
  • Kit F. Aug 30, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Due to conflicting schedules, I've yet to have a first lesson, however Garrick has been most responsive with communicating with me while he is traveling and this is appreciated! Will post again after my lessons start :)
  • Ian C. Aug 27, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I only had the chance to learn from Garrick for a short while, but I learned so much just from those few weeks! Garrick is very professional and knows what's the best practice for your skill level, and gives super helpful tips here and there. But what was impressive to me was how he was so passionate about his music. Just watching him demo makes me want to practice harder and get better and enjoy playing as much as he does, for which you'll get plenty of help from him. I highly recommend Garrick if you want to get better at playing guitar and have a lot of fun!
  • Austin T. Jul 30, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Could not be more satisfied. He's passionate about what he does, and it shows. He won't quit until your form is flawless. Also an amazing person to collaborate with creatively. His personality is supportive, not overpowering. I wouldn't hesitate to schedule your next lesson with Garrick.
  • Wendy M. Jul 18, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Francoise W. May 2, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    My 14-year-old daughter has had one lesson with Garrick and really enjoyed his style. Garrick is a relaxed, open person who seems patient and very communicative. I will post again after a few lessons!
  • Elizabeth S. Dec 8, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Gideon S. Nov 11, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Rebecca M. Oct 13, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Great experience! Garrick was very friendly, professional, prepared and talented. He is a great communicator who even provided homework to solidify the lesson. I'm looking forward to more lessons with him, and having him come to my home was a great convenience to me. Thank you Garrick!
  • Ishaan B. Aug 31, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Annabelle A. May 25, 2014
    Garrick is a great guitar instructor. He is very patient, and really focuses on the basic techniques at the start. Moving forward he works on challenging you to get you out of your comfort zone. Most importantly, for me, due to a rigorous work and travel schedule, he is very flexible with dates and times on a week to week basis, and comes to my house, which just makes it work. Garrick "Rocks"! Rock on!
  • Tammy B. May 23, 2014
    Garrick has taught my 14 year old son acoustic and electric guitar for 4+ years. It has been a gift to have him in our lives an hour each week. Garrick has nurtured my son's love of music with his artistry and phenomenal spirit.
  • Barry S. May 22, 2014
    I have been playing guitar probably longer than Garrick's been alive. I have taken lessons over the course of time and am having a wonderful time exploring a new way to view my musical journey. Garrick is very supportive and has a viewpoint that inspires me to let out what lies dormant inside. Garrick has a wide and diversified approach to his teaching and tailors it to the student he is with.
  • Xanthe H. May 22, 2014
    Garrick has been my daughter's guitar teacher for 8 years, since she was 9 years old. For 8 years. 8 years. He follows the students' lead, is always positive, and we have been so fortunate to have him share his passion for music with our family.
  • Ric F. May 22, 2014
    Garrick has the unique ability to assess your needs and get you playing better in no time. He asked me to play stuff I like to play and showed me how to improve upon it. Garrick is a great guitarist and is fun to hang out with,along with being encouraging. Hi saying, "there's magic in the spaces" really owned up my eyes to playing more deliberately and smoother.
  • Phoebe H. May 22, 2014
    Garrick's the perfect balance of being understanding and knowing when to push you. He's patient, incredibly knowledgeable about guitar, and lights up every room he walks into. Anyone would be lucky to be his student.
  • Clark B. May 22, 2014
    My time with Garrick was amazing. At first I was a little shy to say the least but after a few months, he had me laughing and having a great time playing with him. He's not strict. He will teach you whether you like it or not haha, and he will teach at any pace. Whether you get it right off the bat or if you're struggling. I remember learning the song One by Metallica and that took 5-6 months! But he never asked me to speed up my learning. He made sure I played the whole song perfectly. And if I do recall we both played it great! If I were to choose a guitar teacher for anyone new or already knows how to play the guitar, he would be that teacher!
  • Nicole F. May 22, 2014
    Garrick is not only an outstanding guitar teacher but an exuburent and enlightening individual. From the start of my freshman year to my senior year in high school, I have learned leaps and bounds from him. He has helped me to appreciate the beauty and joy that guitar brings and also the sheer excellence in the art of mastery. I was so inspired by his work with me and his work in general that I decided to do a documentary on him. Which can be seen on YouTube, called The Good Road. He is a brilliant man that always has a smile on his face. I would one hundred percent recommend him. You will not find any other guitar teacher as great as this one.
  • Michael V. May 20, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    My wife got me a guitar for Christmas several years ago even though I have virtually no musical background. After mastering a handful of chords, and a considerable number of bad habits, I decided it was time to actually learn to play. Garrick is terrific. He brings a wealth of knowledge and a ready smile to every lesson, despite my consistent lack of practice. That said, he gently and consistently corrects my mistakes in technique, rhythm , etc. in short, he is exactly what I need. He is teaching me to play guitar.
  • Theo C. Feb 23, 2014
    Garrick is not only an amazing teacher, but his excitement about music is contagious! He brings an abundance of great energy to every session. He caters to the music I enjoy learning, as well as turning me on to artists I didn't know much about. He's not only a great teach but also a great person. I highly recommend him for both beginners and seasoned players.
  • Anthony S. May 14, 2010
    Garrick Davis is is easily the most artistic, fun, and creative guy I know. I have been taking lessons from him for four years now and if there is any thing I can say about him is that he is a great person and a wonderful roll model. Don't doubt him for a second he has amazing skills with the guitar and he will never leave you in the dust. He is grate at teaching you not only the song but each and every thing there is to know about each and every cord. He doesn't just teach you how to play songs, he teaches you how to play guitar.

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