ADVANCED GUITAR LESSONS

Tie All Of Your Knowledge Together

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Over 39 Years Of Experience

Advanced Players Usually Need Just A Little Help

Together We’ll Take All Of Your Knowledge To The Next Level

You’ve been playing for a long time. Maybe you’ve even been touring and putting out records. But some things just seem out of your reach. Or maybe you are missing the one concept that will tie all of your knowledge together. I can help you, probably in just a few lessons. I like to say that music is a simple and elegant system. I love to show accomplished players how to wrap their heads around that concept so they can conquer the technical/mental and focus on the spiritual, emotional significance of their music.

David Hillman smiles in home studio during online guitar lesson in Seattle
David Hillman strumming guitar during guitar lessons in studio
David Hillman's guitar in his studio in Washington

Advanced Guitar Lessons

What You Will Learn

1

Find Out How To Make It Easier

I tell people all the time that music is a simple and elegant system. There are ways to dispense with much of the dogma and confusion that traditional music instruction can sometimes present. What you already know can be slightly altered into simple concepts that are centered around this idea: "Here's how you play the right notes. Now, trust your inner musical wisdom."
2

Proper Exercises and Drills

You probably already know some great exercises and drills. Maybe you missed out on a few that can dramatically help you. Perhaps a reminder of how important a good practice regimen is can greatly increase the efficiency of your rehearsals.
3

Amps, Pedals, Recording, Performing, and more...

Getting the right tone, navigating the nearly endless variety of guitars, pickups, amplifiers, pedals, and such can be daunting. Many parts of being a good guitar player, performer, band member, and recording artist are shrouded in mystery. I've been playing shows and making records since 1987, and have witnessed and endured much over the years. I love to answer questions on these and other topics.

My Approach & More Lesson Information

I’ve taken hundreds and hundreds of guitar and vocal lessons in my life, and with my 33 years of guitar teaching experience, I have a firm grasp on what it means to both student and teacher.

Playing music both by yourself and with others is one of the most joyous and satisfying endeavors one can embark on. Music should be fun, and I embrace this ideal.

I always want students to have a good time at their lesson, even when they haven’t practiced. There is always something fun that we can work on. Over my many years of study with different instructors, I did not appreciate it when a teacher would yell or scold because I was not practicing enough, or was too slow to comprehend certain concepts or ideas.

I have always provided a calm, fun, nurturing, and relaxed atmosphere for my students to learn in. My job is to teach you what you want to learn, and to make sure that you have a good time doing it.

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What To Expect With Online Lessons

I have found online guitar lessons through Zoom are just as effective as in-person lessons. The process of overcoming the challenges associated with online learning has led me to discover new teaching techniques and new insights into how people learn. In addition, the extra time gained by not having to travel to the lesson each week, find a parking space, wait for a ride or bus obviously means extra time for practice or anything else that a student wants or needs to do.

Taking a lesson in the comfort of your own home (in your PJs if you want!) also reduces stress for many people. I’ve even given lessons to students while they are on vacation. I now have students all over the US and the world. Currently I give online lessons to students in New York, California, Texas, Kansas, Canada, Australia, Europe, and India.

My over 33 years of guitar teaching experience and my over 40 years of experience as an audio engineer have made the online lesson experience every bit as rich and fulfilling as in-person lessons. During online lessons, the smiles, the laughter, the fun, and the joy of making music together are present and every bit as real.

I have always offered an easy, affordable way for you to try 3 lessons. This gives you the chance to see if Zoom guitar lessons are for you. Send me a message through the contact page and we can find you an open time slot and get started.