“I am sure that COVID has impacted everyone’s life in different ways. It has also taught us to find new ways of communication especially for those of us who love to learn guitar.
Finding Dave’s website and taking guitar lessons with him using Skype was one the best thing happened in 2020 to me. It gave me the opportunity to know Dave whom I consider a great guitar teacher.
He is kind, patient, knowledgeable, systematic, punctual, organized, and has a very clear teaching plan and method. I found his online classes as one of the best music classes I ever had.
For those of you who are looking for a guitar teacher in the comfort of your own home, I recommend Dave 100%. Thank you!”
“Starting guitar lessons when you can’t leave the house might seemed a bit much, but I’m so glad to have met with Dave over Skype. Our lessons have helped me make real progress, and I look forward to them each week!”
“As a newer student to guitar I was very skeptical and nervous about switching from in person to Skype lessons. Also not being tech savvy I wasn’t going to try it at all but also knew that I didn’t have the knowledge base to learn on my own. I have now had multiple lessons via Skype and am very pleased and surprised with how well they are going. Dave is a fantastic teacher and will guide you how to log on and get started. Please give it a try, you won’t be disappointed. Happy playing.”
“I had just started my first in person lessons with Dave ( my first instrumental lesson in my life), when the shutdown came upon us. Dave offered to continue the lessons by Skype, but I was hesitant to do so thinking this is tough enough just taking guitar lessons by itself, and I would just wait it out until we could meet in person. Dave approached me again about Skype, and I thought, “ nothing ventured, nothing gained” so agreed to continue lessons by Skype. Well it just turned out great ! I sit in the comfort of my own surroundings and can easily see and hear what Dave is teaching me. It allows me the opportunity to warm up immediately before our lesson and to continue with my practicing right after our lesson is completed. I still look forward in taking lessons in person with Dave but taking lessons by Skype has presented its own unique advantages.”
“I started working with Dave in the late summer of 2020. Being over 50 years old and just starting to learn guitar, Dave provided a non-judgmental, learn at your own pace lessons. He also pushes and encourages you to go farther then you thought you could. Dave has been a very patient teacher who is unbelievably knowledgeable about guitar, music theory, learning methods and he is great at motivating people to practice. I started with Dave in person, however my work area experienced another COVID shutdown. I was reluctant to continue my lessons through Skype but gave it a try. Although it is not the same, I love learning via Skype. I don’t have to leave my house and find it more convenient. Even when the COVID numbers are better I am thinking of doing half my lessons in person and half by Skype.
In only a few short months Dave has me learning at a great pace and I am so happy with my progress. Dave welcomes questions and also will help me with different songs I want to learn. He has also been incredibly flexible with my ever changing schedule. I highly recommend Dave if you are looking for an honest, reliable, dedicated guitar teacher.”
“I started quite tentatively with Dave as an adult learner about a year and a half ago. My trick pinky made me quite insecure. I thought I would never hit that pinky G chord or F#. With Dave’s motivation and encouragement, I have moved beyond that. His patience with my lack of music theory background is much appreciated. When pandemic panic hit the world, this “people person” student was reluctant to resort to online Skype tutoring sessions. But I missed my classes …. I missed learning more and that added guidance from my instructor. So I eventually gave in, tried the virtual platform and I have not looked back since. Dave not only has a wealth of knowledge but he knows how to share it. Dave knows when to push forward and challenge or when to pause and hammer home a lesson. I have recommended his classes to others and I would continue to do so, having full confidence that your guitar learning needs will be met to your satisfaction with his knowledge, motivation and great sense of humour. Thanks Dave … now I am not afraid to play like “it’s the best thing you’ve ever heard!”
“I first started playing the guitar when I was 10 years old I took lessons for 4 years and loved to play. During this time my mother used to place my guitar against the wall near the front door. When I walked in I would see it and 9 times out of 10 I would pick it up and start practicing/playing.
As a teenager I was too caught up with everything and although I continued to play I didn’t get any better. Once I was married I had no time to play with three kids who all became very active.
At age 57 I started playing in a praise band and loved it, but again realized I was playing at a very basic level and not great.
At age 58, I am now in my third year with Dave Walker (60 years old) and I can’t believe that I know the notes in different positions up the neck of the quitar, different chords, keys and theory that I never believed I would know.
Dave Walker is patient and only moves me on with the next lessons and/or songs when he feels that I am ready to do so. He challenges me with different songs and theory. He is very knowledgeable in his ability to teach guitar and I am thankful that I am able to take lessons with him and continue to improve at playing the guitar.
I will continue to work hard and will continue in my lessons until I am at a place where I can say I know how to play the guitar and I play it great.
If I was 14 years old again, I would never have stopped taking lessons.
My one suggestion to all of you young and old guitar players. Never give up on something you love. Practice, practice and practice. You only become great if you work hard. If it becomes easy then find another song that challenges you or write your own music.
Music is great for the soul whether you are happy , sad, mad or bored. Pick up your guitar and play. You will always be glad that you did.”
“I have recommended Dave to quite a few friends. Dave has the ability to teach kids while keeping them interested and focused while being fun. My son has a lot of energy and always wants to play, but Dave gets him to pay attention (a skill I wish I was better at). We have done a year with a larger organization and now a year with Dave, and my son has learned so much more with Dave.”
–Lance Ruest, Santiago’s Dad
“Hands down the BEST guitar teacher in town !!!!
I would HIGHLY recommend Dave to anyone that is need of a patient and very knowledgeable guitar teacher .
–Lori Deeley-Smith, Caleb’s mom
“The challenge of learning guitar at 40 can be a daunting and intimidating task for some, but not for those who have Dave Walker as their teacher! Dave tailored my lessons to my interests, which inspired me to practice much more. What I enjoyed most about Dave, aside from his professionalism, patience, and sense of humor, was his intense musical knowledge, as not only a guitarist, but also as a music-lover. My older hands and fingers don’t work as well as they once did, but Dave was able to show me some neat variations of playing certain chords differently, which made learning and playing much easier and far more enjoyable. Because of these numerous factors, I liked taking lessons, practiced more, learned quicker, and was able to perform for people much faster. This all greatly contributed to my success as a beginner guitar player. I have only been playing guitar for four months now and I have gigs lined up! That’s crazy! Thanks, Dave! You rock!”
–-Rick M. , Guitarist and Vocalist, “The Tea Room Orchestra”
“I enjoy Dave’s teaching style. He has the knowledge and enthusiasm to propel me to a new level each week. He gives very good value. I see and hear new things from my guitar every day!”
Lead Guitarist, “Shaky Leg”
“Just a quick thank you for being a great guitar teacher. As an adult student, sometimes it’s hard to find time in a busy schedule to study the guitar. However, you make each lesson exciting and challenging, which makes me want to continue learning this wonderful instrument. For any adult students out there who have always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, grab your guitar and head over to see Dave.”
“I called Dave, visited his home, had a lesson and was hooked and impressed right away, and I’ve been taking lessons with him ever since. It’s that easy, that simple, it’s not complicated. The Jam Night was fun and unique as I am just a beginner but it was a blast none the less.”
“My daughter and I have taken lessons from Dave for almost two years now. Dave’s teaching method involves learning to read and play music and then applying what you have learned to play popular songs or other music you like. I am amazed at what my daughter and I have been able to learn to play. Dave is very engaging and my daughter loves going to lessons (and I have no problem getting her to practice!)”
UPDATE: “My daughter and I took lessons from Dave for several years. Dave is approachable and great with kids (adults also!). My daughter and I still play guitar today thanks to Dave”.