Hi, I'm Dan, good to meet you!
I'm a guitar teacher and professional musician based in Eccles, Salford, and I'd like to tell you why I love teaching.
It sounds cheesy, but music is a gift. It lets the most ordinary people (like me) do something beautiful. It lets us express ourselves in ways that words would never allow. Have you ever heard a song and it's suddenly transported you back 20 years, or totally changed your mood? That's why I love music, and passing that gift on is why I love teaching.
If you're in a hurry, please click the button below to take you straight to my lessons page to find out more about my teaching style. Otherwise, read on, because I'd love to tell you more about how I got started.
Why I Became a Teacher
I started playing guitar when I was 13 and I really struggled. I had no natural talent for it what so ever! I bought countless books, read tabs and articles on the internet, but I couldn't seem to make any progress. After playing for a couple of years and still being unable to change between C and G, let alone play a song I was ready to give up. As a last ditch attempt to get me playing my mum sent me to go and see a teacher, Nat Yelverton.
Nat was (and still is) an amazing teacher, who patiently sat with me and worked through the things that I was finding the most difficult. When I didn't understand something, he'd explain it in a different way. He taught me how to practice, and I heard myself getting better and better.
Prehaps most importantly:
He inspired me.
He made me believe I could do it.
I knew from then on I wanted to be a teacher.
Lessons with me
Lessons with me are centred around the idea that anyone can do music. It’s just a question of much time you are willing to put in. Some people will learn slowly. Others will learn quickly. It isn’t important. What is important is tha, as long as they keep going and don’t give up, everyone will get to the level they want to be at.
I’ve taught many beginners, and most come into my teaching studio with the belief that will never be able to play like other people. All who stick with it are then presently surprised to find that after a little while (and a lot of practice), they are changing between chords and playing simple songs. A year or two later, they are surprised to find that an awful lot of music (that they never thought they’d be able to play) is now within their reach.
Think about this. At one point, you couldn’t do many of the things that you now take for granted. Brushing your teeth. Talking. Using a Fork. It was only through constant practice that you learned to do these things.
The point I’m making is that playing guitar is a skill, and just like any other skill it can be learned. By anyone.
If I’ve piqued your interest and this sounds like something you could get on board with, then use the buttons below to find out more about lessons with me, or to book a lesson with me.
Also, if you’re in London, and you’ve somehow made it this far down the page, check Nat out.