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For over 20 years, Dave Powell has been helping kids and adults of all ages tap into their natural ability to learn the universal language of music. Since picking up his first guitar at the age of twelve, Dave has dedicated his life to the art of playing guitar and creating music and sharing his passion with others. He's helped hundreds of students gain confidence, develop discipline, hone skills and build self-esteem all while having lots of fun rocking out!
Want to learn your favorite Green Day song? Or, start a band? Maybe you want to take your music theory knowledge to the next level? Or, maybe you want to shred like your favorite guitar heroes?
Whatever your goals, Dave can help you reach them!
Located in the music mecca of Marin County, Dave offers beginning to advanced guitar lessons as well as bass, ukulele and beginning piano. He offers both private lessons as well as online via Zoom. Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, Country or Reggae - whatever you love - Dave will customize each lesson to your musical tastes and aspirations and help you reach your personal music goals. Whether you just want to learn how to play your favorite song or jam with friends or be a master of your craft, Dave makes learning fun!
Dave's teaching method is based on both a traditional and non-traditional approach to music. Just like we learn to talk before we read, you'll learn how to play songs before you even learn how to read a note! You'll also learn chords, rhythm, ear training, composition, improvisation and invaluable skills to become a well-rounded musician including how to play with others and jam with a band. Dave offers a complete curriculum and makes it easy to understand in a fun and relaxed environment!
Develop great habits right from the start! Learn proper form, fret hand position and posture as well as guitar basics including set up, tuning and changing strings.
As they say in country music, all you need is three chords and the truth! Did you know most of your favorite songs have only three chords?
You’ll be able to start playing songs on your very first lesson!
You pick your favorites! From Taylor Swift to Metallica or Blake Shelton to Green Day, whatever style of music you love, Dave will get you playing all your favorites and fast!
Learn what makes up a great song. Dave will break down the basics of songwriting including how intros, transitions, breakdowns and hooks are used in all your favorites songs.
Interested in understanding the theory behind the music? From the mixolydian mode to advanced harmony, Dave helps breakdown the complex and makes it easy to understand.
Wanna start a band? Dave will teach you how to play with others and work together as a band. You'll be jamming with your friends at open mics and your own gigs in no time!
Develop a stronger ear! Dave will help you strengthen your musical ability to identify pitches, intervals, chords and other basic elements of music solely by hearing!
Love Eddie Van Halen's solos? Learn how the great guitar masters shred all those legendary solos. You'll be able to improvise and freestyle on the spot just like your guitar heroes!
Victor Wooten said, "you can't hold no groove if you ain't got no pocket." Learn why rhythm is one of the most important aspects of music. You'll learn how to stay in the pocket and hold down the groove.
Take your musicianship to the next level. Contact Dave for an introductory lesson today!
Dave Powell is a Bay Area-based musician, guitarist, singer-songwriter and music educator. He received his Bachelor's degree in Music from Sonoma State University and is also a licensed and certified Simply Music instructor, a global playing based music method. His complete bio can be read here.
"For those about to rock, we salute you." - AC/DC