With over 13 years of experience, I offer an excellent program with detailed one-on-one instruction for developing the proper, fundamental techniques to becoming a successful player. I like lessons to have a relaxed, fun atmosphere where we can apply these fundamentals to learn the exact music you want to play. I do on-demand transcribing when requested for all styles of music. I specialize in theory, reading notation, finger style and improvisation. I've studied guitar and music from the age of 12. I attended Fullerton JC and received my degree. I perform live and tour on a regular bases so my lessons are taught from a "real world" perspective. I have published a book through Hal Leonard and recorded with famed producer, Michael Vail Blum, who has recorded with Pink Floyd and Madonna. Let my education and performance experience teach you to play guitar whether you are a beginner and new to music, or a seasoned player and you want to work on technique, reading or a new style. Feel free to call me with any questions!
- Train in Jazz, Blues, Rock, Classical, Country/Folk, Reggae, Funk and/or R&B.
- Learn to read and write in musical notation
- Learn to Arrange/Compose
Reviews from Yelp
From Tanya S.
My son has had Dave as his Bass Instructor since 2015 and it has been wonderful! Dave has done a great job working with our son as evidenced by how long he has been our son's instructor.
Dave is patient and clear in his instructions. Our son is comfortable to ask Dave any question knowing that Dave will answer thoroughly. Our son's bass lessons have evolved to where Dave has taught/discussed music theory, transcribing, composing and improvisation. Dave has encouraged our son to explore all types of music and to be creative. Our son considers Dave more as his "music instructor" as he is learning so much more than just playing Bass. Our son now plays in the worship band at church and he has received many compliments from the other band members on his skill and his knowledge of music for "only being a teen."
As a professional musician, Dave has drawn from his work experience and has shared that information with our son who would like to have a career in music himself. Our family recently had the pleasure of watching Dave perform with his band at a local festival. We were blown away and all we could think was, "...and HE's teaching OUR SON music lessons! That is just AWESOME!"
Dave has been a blessing to our son and our family. No one in our family has a musical background and we are so thankful to have an instructor who can help guide our son's passion for music.
From Conner E.
I took lessons from Dave for about 8 months and had some basic guitar skill before the lessons. Dave was able to take my guitar abilities way past what I thought I was capable of. He help me to learn and play songs that I always considered way past my abilities.
Dave is extremely knowledgeable and patient with his instruction, and he made the lessons very enjoyable. I would highly recommend him to anyone with any skill level, beginner or advanced. He's a phenomenal guitarist and a great teacher.
Whatever we learned and went through in the lesson, he was able to thoroughly transcribe and write down so I could practice it during the week. Any type a music you're into, Dave's your guy to help learn it!
From A. G.
I've been playing self-taught guitar now for over a decade, could only get so far. D Kurtz picked up immediately on my skill level (or lack of) and within a couple hours I was already far better than when the lesson started. The guy has an ear for every style, every nuance, and is more patient than others I've tried to work with. For the price you can't beat him- great for young, old, new, or established players. Just watch him play and after thinking, "I can't possibly ever do that!" he'll break it down in an easy to understand method. I've met hundreds of guitarists in my days at home and on the road and I can honestly say Kurtz is among the very top of the heap.
From Buck M.
I dabbled in the guitar for over ten years before I started taking lessons with Dave Kurtz, and I can honestly say that I've learned more in the past six months than I learned in all the years prior to sitting down with Dave.
In our early sessions, Dave asked me about my musical goals and interests, then invited me to play for him as a means of establishing a starting point. He pinpointed many of my needs immediately, and as we set to work to meet those he remained attentive to other tips and tricks that proved valuable in joining my existing knowledge to the new lessons. He helped me get over bad habits I'd formed and introduced me to numerous techniques that have significantly increased my skill and understanding of the guitar and music in general. Each of my lessons is tailored to my interests and augmented by his deep knowledge of music theory and a vast array of styles. He is patient and understanding, enthusiastic, has a great sense of humor, and is keenly interested in my progress. In addition to being an excellent teacher, Dave is an incredible guitar player; his repertoire includes classical, Latin, funk, blues, and rock n roll...and probably several more genres I've not yet heard him play in the many bands and projects with which he's involved.
And best of all...he's affordable.