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Tune Your Guitar

Tune Your Guitar by Ear – A Youtube video that you can use to tune your guitar by ear.

Guitar Tuna – Here is a tuner app for your phone. Guitar Tuna is a decent free tuner. IOS   Android

Guitar Shop Recommendations

Emerald City Guitars – My favorite guitar shop in the world. Jay Boone, his son Trevor, and their crew really know how to take care of you whether you have $100 or $100,000 to spend on a guitar. Their shop in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square focuses on vintage instruments, amps, and gear.

American Music– Fremont, WA

Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar– Fremont, WA

Dusty Strings – Fremont, WA

The Guitar Store – While they have closed their storefront in the Greenlake area, they still have a great online store. They have an impressive selection of acoustic and electric guitars, amps, and pedals.

More About David Hillman-Live Performances & Music
 – Check out more music from me as well as more info on my music projects including live performances, photos, etc.

Listen to my current band The Low Wires and maybe catch a show.

Listen to my records on Spotify:  “Americana Hour”
“Quick ‘an Dirty”    “Trash Star”

Cop Copine Video – Here is a video from a French fashion company using my song “Where The Road Takes A Bend.”

The Layover with Anthony Bourdain used one of my songs in the “Montreal” episode. Watch it here.

One of my students put together this Ukrainian songbook. It’s beautiful and you can buy one here through Lulu. All profits go to 


Going to David has been the best experience. He is able to teach guitar in such a way that someone with little musical knowledge, such as myself, can easily and quickly begin playing. I enjoy going to see David every week and learning something new. At each lesson I can tell that my skills progress and David leaves me with a plan for practice for the week, which makes my playing time much more productive. I highly recommend getting lessons from David if you’d like to see instant improvement in your playing abilities.


I have such a good time at my lesson. David is funny and easy to be around. Very patient and obviously enjoys teaching people what he knows, which is a lot. It is easy to feel silly when you are learning how to play and making mistakes but David is very encouraging and supportive. Even when he knows you haven’t practiced 😉

Greta B.

David’s great! He has a way of quickly finding your level and figuring out what you know (or don’t know), and helping you break through your boundaries. He’s also the teacher that will help you explore where you want to go with your ideas, and help you polish them. I’ve been playing off and on for about 18 years, and after a month or two of lessons he’s already kicked me up a few notches. His presence is relaxed and feels great to just sit and learn the guitar. I wish I had been taking lessons from this guy when I first started playing.


I had been wanting to learn how to play the guitar for years and for my B-day my girlfriend bought me some lessons. She couldn’t have picked a better place to buy the lessons from. David makes you feel comfortable and really understands the way that people learn and how to teach in the most effective way. The guitar is a tough instrument to learn and you want to learn from someone knowledgeable and patient and that’s exactly what David is.

Adam Z.

I started taking guitar lessons with David for 8 months and I am amazed at how much I have learned. What I love about the lessons is that I am pretty much in charge of what I want to learn. David can teach anything! And I mean anything. I pick the songs that I want to learn, and usually learn them in a week. (If I practice enough) After 8 months of lessons I can play some songs right off the bat. Guitar has become a huge part of my life, thanks David!!!!

Becca P.
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