Hired 65 times
41 years in business
(Eastern Time Zone)
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Top Pro status
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Jul - Dec
Interested musical styles
The instructor arrived and took about 10-15 minutes to set up shuffling paper etc. He offered for us to purchase homemade picks that he’d made from old credit cards, which was fine but he went on to offer for us to purchase a guitar tuner and before he left he showed me a black and white copy of a printer that he was also offering for sale. This all would have been fine but he then indicated that if we gave him a favorable review he’d offer us some sort of discount. Additionally when I didn’t respond to a text message from him in what he considered a timely fashion for rescheduling, he was very abrasive and pushy. Did I mention that he also asked what I did for a living within 5 minutes of entering my home? I would not recommend this man as his first lesson was not for a beginner and was not fun at all.Sep 4, 2018VerifiedPLAY (Pay Less All Year)'s reply
Not accurate information, apparently she does not listen well.
He puts in a lot of effort with my little one. Punctuality can be a challenge. I would recommend him still.Oct 21, 2017PLAY (Pay Less All Year)'s reply
Dan is well-prepared and great with kids. He's also very easy to communicate with!Jun 23, 2017PLAY (Pay Less All Year)'s reply
Kids really enjoying learning with Dan! Very punctual, well prepared, and patient with kids. Highly recommend.Mar 3, 2017VerifiedPLAY (Pay Less All Year)'s reply
He really seemed to know his material.Jul 9, 2017PLAY (Pay Less All Year)'s reply
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Private Lessons at your house cost $30 for 60 minutes plus $10-15 transportation charge, depending on location and time. (weekly) No contracts, commitments, or advance payments required. No tax or any other costs, except for optional equipment, accessories, books, etc. There is a $10 charge if you don't notify me to cancel and/or reschedule appointments 12 hours in advance with a voicemail and/or text message to my phone. Pay each visit with cash or check, no credit or debit cards yet. I will give you handouts that I print out at my expense, so you don't have to buy a book for about $20, that most teachers require you to purchase. I have never raised the price for any of my students, even after 2 years or more!
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I evaluate what they already know, then start from there. We learn fingering techniques, picking and strumming styles, notes, scales, chords, songs, and music theory. I give clear instructions and detailed explanations in an organized order, demonstrate action with visual aids, ask questions to verify communication, review and test, then put into practical application. I teach the basic fundamentals of playing the guitar, like proper fingering techniques, picking and strumming patterns, plus music theory. The student will learn the notes, scales, chords, read music and tablature, play melody, harmony, lead riffs, and background rhythm accompaniment in tunes of varied styles, as well as singing the lyrics of the songs.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I go to classes for digital recording software and technique. I like to help others to enjoy a fun hobby and personal satisfaction to achieve success in self confidence by mastering an instrument. Currently, I own 30 stringed instruments, all with straps and gig bags, 5 keyboards, over 15 amplifiers with speakers or headphones, about 10 microphones with cords and stands, many harmonicas, tuners, guitar stands, effects, music stands, music books, and other accessories.