Dave is a Guitar teacher in the Wigan Area and online via skype. Dave from DMC guitar has a BA Honours in Jazz Studies (Leeds College of Music) and is a Resident support act at Liverpool Carling Academy so he knows a little about music we are interviewing him about his online guitar classes which he posts on his Website and Youtube Channel.
Hello David can you tell us a little about you and why you got into the guitar.
I was 10 years old and my sister came into my room strumming a Michael Jackson song. I was very jealous and cried myself to sleep that night. The next day I developed this big drive to learn the guitar. I’ve been hooked ever since
What type of guitar do you have/want?
I have 2 hand-built guitars in a Fender Tele shape. Richy Thompson (Wigan) built my first which he managed to make 5 guitars out of the same piece of wood. Everyone who purchased the guitar was called Dave. So it’s the Dave edition. The second one I bought from eBay for £90 hand-made. It was as good as my other. Because it’s unbranded no one would buy it but that doesn’t mean to say it’s not a high-quality guitar
Favorite guitar songs to teach on guitar
I have a massive repertoire of songs, riffs, solos, and techniques and I love teaching them all. I love it when I have a total beginner and by the end of a session they can play a few ⅔ chorder songs like songbird by Oasis, Horse with no name, Dancing in the Dark, etc
Best songs/scales to learn first on guitar?
The best scale to learn is simply the Major scale. Every scale is within this. So if you learn a Major scale you will automatically know 3 minor scales, the dominant scale, and the diminished scale all by starting on different points. It’s truly amazing when this clicks with students. This would see you through the most popular music
Pick one of your videos and say a little about it
He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother tutorial by the Hollies.
This is my most watched video and it’s amazing to sing and play.
I think the lyrics are very emotional and it always brings a lump to my throat.
It is about a young homeless child taking care of his younger brother and turning away help because he wanted to keep his brother close. Great tune
Where do you teach guitar?
I teach guitar online mainly at the moment. I also teach a few days in a high school and also for Warrington council running music groups for adults who struggle to interact in society. It’s very rewarding to see people grow in confidence through music. It’s very powerful
Any Advice for Guitarists
Just take small achievable goals. The guitar is a long game. There are very few I’ve ever known who can play instantly. It takes years of dedication. Find a good tutor. Even if you can’t afford it every week just get one a month, that’s what I do with my golf lessons!
Anything you would like to add
Keep guitar fun and remember there is no one way to play guitar. That’s what makes all your heroes sound different. As long as you achieve the sound you want then it’s the right way
What is your YouTube channel Facebook page website?