Private Guitar with David Lessons can be taken at :
1 - The Long Island Conservatory, Albertson Long Island
For guitar lessons with David at the Long Island Conservatory (Albertson, NY) contact David at :
Here are some of my young students. Their acomplishment is a result of their intelligence, dedication and love for music.
My main goal as a teacher is to make the reward of learning much bigger than the sacrifice of doing so. Each student has a unique sensitivity to music and a different ability to commit to practicing. Hence, I prefer to tailor my methodology to my student's personality and goals and focus on developing the skills that are more stimulating to him.
My acoustic guitar lessons are very coherent, organized yet very fun and time efficient. Take a look at the accomplishments of some of my young students in the videos below and see it yourself!
You might have thought about learning to play the guitar but are not sure exactly where to start. Should you start with an electric, acoustic or classical? Should you try to learn by yourself with one of those video courses or invest your time and money in signing up for lessons with a private instructor? Are there any New York guitar lessons available?
In my personal experience, as both a student and a teacher, I have come to realize that the first goal for a beginner should be to acquire a strong foundation. By this I mean an understanding of the nature and complexity of the relation between the guitar and your fingers.
Playing an instrument like the guitar requires the development of skills and habits in our hands and fingers that are not always natural to them. Actually, the natural reflexes of our hands are 90% of the times wrong when it comes to playing the guitar. To learn how to play we need to gradually understand the complex relation between the guitar and our fingers. We will need to repress many of our wrong natural tendencies and substitute them for “non instinctive” and efficient ones. This can only happen be learned with the guidance of a professional instructor who has to be both a consolidated teacher and performer.
A good teacher has to allow you to develop a good foundation in a fun and motivating way. A good teacher has to have a flexible method that incorporates songs that are stimulating to you in the process. Only with a solid foundation you can boost your ability to learn as well as envision the most efficient solution to every challenge.
In my guitar lessons for kids, I find that the classical guitar is definitely the best option for a beginner. The nylon strings and the lighter design of the classical guitar is more gentle with the fingers at the beginning stages. The finger style (plucking with the fingers rather than a pick) allows the student to discover the resources of the guitar as a polyphonic instrument in an easier way.
The Acoustic Guitar does not differ much from the classical guitar. The main differences are the material of its steel strings (which have more tension than the nylon classical strings) and the slightly larger body, required to withstand the bigger amount of tension of its strings. The acoustic guitar is usually played with either a plectrum (pick) or the fingers (fingerstyle) and it requires more strength from the fingers. Nevertheless it is very rewarding to apply the classical guitar technique to the acoustic guitar. I have successfully worked with students who apply the classical guitar technique to their acoustic guitars. The acoustic guitar is also known as plectrum guitar, pickstyle guitar, steel string guitar, American jazz guitar, folk guitar, rock guitar or rhythm guitar.
Acoustic Guitar Lessons for Kids and Adults in New York
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