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Interview With Guitar Teacher Dave From DMC Guitar

Dave is a guitar teacher in the Wigan area and online via Skype. He has a BA Honours in Jazz Studies from Leeds College of Music and is a resident support act at Liverpool Carling Academy. He is passionate about music and loves to share his knowledge and skills with others.

Dave’s online guitar classes are designed for students of all levels, from beginners to advanced. He uses a variety of teaching methods to make learning fun and engaging, including video lessons, interactive exercises, and live Q&A sessions.

Dave’s classes are available on his website and YouTube channel. He also offers one-on-one lessons for students who want more personalized instruction.In this interview, Dave talks about his online guitar classes, his teaching philosophy, and his advice for aspiring musicians

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 guitar with.

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?


Youtube channel

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Chris Dempsey

Chris Dempsey