David Joel Guitar Studio
David Joel Guitar Studio

David Joel Guitar Studio

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Introduction: I offer weekly sixty minute lessons for $80. My extensive musical experience including being a former Berklee College of Music Instructor and having my Masters degree from New England Conservatory and my Bachelor's from Berklee offer me the opportunity to convey my ideas with clarity and provide my students with correct information and technique. That I've been playing for 45 years yields me a very broad perspective and insight as a musician. I've played and written Blues, Pop, Jazz, Classical, Experimental and many other forms and styles of music. I share this with my students. I offer my students the opportunity to perform every two years in a student recital. I write/arrange many of the pieces myself. The confidence and enjoyment a student experiences in live performance is priceless. I'm able to do my passion: music and help people along the way!
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26 years in business

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and responsiveness.

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Jack C.
Aug 23, 2022
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David Joel is an incredible guitar teacher who’s teaching method ensures that you get a solid grasp of the guitar and music itself. Learning to read music with David has been an incredible experience and will continue to benefit me as I learn more songs and begin composing my own music. David does a great job tailoring the lessons to the individual student’s taste while always ensuring that fundamentals are a top priority. I have learned so much in my first 6 months, and I look forward to continuing my musical journey with David Joel.

Details: 18 - 25 years old • No formal training; some self-taught experience • No, cannot read music • What the teacher recommends • Rock • Blues • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has an instrument • 60 minutes • At the pro’s location

David Joel Guitar Studio's reply
Thanks so much Jack! You're a very able guy who's making fantastic progress and I'm more than glad to help you as you continue on your creative journey!!!!
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Jake Z.
Aug 29, 2015
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David Joel has helped me immensely improve in my ability to play the guitar. Before starting lessons with him I had over 6 years experience playing the guitar, including 2 years of beginner lessons. During that time I relied heavily on guitar tabs and what I could find on the internet. I came to David with decent technique but something was definitely lacking in my playing. David helped me figure out what I was missing and helped me get to a level of playing I never thought I could reach. It wasn't easy as he had me going back to the basics. I learned how to read sheet music, how to keep a better tempo, and the music theory behind it all. It has been about 2 years now with David and I am continually learning and improving. Overall my experience with David has been thoroughly enjoyable and I would recommend his services to anyone, whether they are new to the guitar or have been playing for years.
David Joel Guitar Studio's reply
Hi Jake, You have great creative musical skills. I very much enjoyed working with you over the years. Continue to play, expand and enjoy the aesthetics of music, my friend!
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Matt L.
Jan 14, 2023
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Great fundamental instructor. I have experience already, and looking to nail my basics and sight reading so I can take my guitar playing to the next level. Great work

Details: 26 - 44 years old • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • Yes, can read music staff • Acoustic • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has an instrument • 60 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

David Joel Guitar Studio's reply
I appreciate your enthusiasm Matt! Looking forward to taking you to the next and next and next levels!
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Patricia B.
Aug 15, 2023
I decided to start playing the guitar at the ripe old age of 68. Although there were numerous options, I chose one-on-one with David Joel. I wanted an instructor who focused on the instrument and some theory, not genre. And that’s exactly what I got. Now, I can play the guitar, read music, know what I’m playing in tabs and figure out progressions by ear. So, I’m a happy student, rather a happy guitarist. No, not Van Halen, but I can hold my own with my professional guitarist brother. It’s a shame you can’t post video of before and after.
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Foucauld T.
Feb 5, 2020
After briefly studying the guitar as a teenager, 6 months of lessons at the back of a music store, with rudiments of solfège learned at school, I thought I was able to play. But I had never listened or taken quite the time to push myself for more than okay. I had never had the discipline and proper guidance to learn music and the instrument. So after many years of noodling I decided that either I would stop playing or I would give myself a chance and improve. That’s when I contacted David. David was my professor for almost three years. The only reason I stopped my lessons is that I had to relocate. I would still be his student otherwise. I remember our first lesson, the reintroduction to the instrument, notes, music. A part of me thought “I know that”. But I didn’t. I just kind of knew. So with David, we got back to the fundamentals of music (reading and theory) and of the instrument technique and specificities. You will read and play scales. And you’ll enjoy it. You’ll play music from the method book and play the tunes you like. The method book looks a bit daunting at first. It is the greatest tool and its transformative powers will grow on you. David is passionate about music and about your learning, you’ll probably have to let him know sometimes that you got his points. He is a professional, educated in the best music schools and willing to share is immense knowledge with you. Music is demanding and fun. So is David. When my frustrations arose he was always persistent and supportive, getting me to overcome my blockages, defusing my tension with humor and his kind perspective on life. He is always available during the week for questions and he is an unlimited source of music and advice. David is genuinely interested in you, as a fellow human being. Overall, I think that you’ll only learn as much as the mindful time you put into your practice. And to achieve your goals you need to aim high and keep at it steadily. David helps you do that. Through his knowledge, support, care, insights, encouragements as well as the discipline he gently requires. I have definitely made significant improvements on all levels. Precision, touch, rhythmic accuracy, feel, improvisation, reading, self confidence. I can say I enjoy myself much more and feels I am a much better musician thanks to David. Folks, if you are serious about your playing, David will get you where you want to be. Have fun playing!
David Joel Guitar Studio's reply
Hi Foucauld! Thanks so much for sharing your experiences! I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to meet and work with you for a significant period of time and help you reach more and more of your potential. Your heartfelt testimonial is much appreciated and I'm glad to have helped you express yourself in the aesthetics of music. Continue on and enjoy! DJ
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  • What types of customers have you worked with?

    Teaching guitar students fundamentals/basics: learning how to read, thus students really learn the neck and instrument well. Teaching them the finest technique. Helping students to learn tunes they love to play. I also teach students to play by ear.

  • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

    Make certain the instructor your choosing has had a solid formal musical education, preferably at least a bachelor's degree. That they perform on the minimum of a semi-regular basis (this keeps them on their toes as a musician). Also, that the instructor will teach you to read in standard music notation and not just tablature. It takes longer to learn this way but the benefits and level of understanding are far superior! Finally, you want to be certain that the teacher is articulate and has patience.

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