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  • INSTRUCTION

  • I am dedicated to teaching anyone who wishes to learn and develop their skills on guitar.

    • I stress using your ear, getting a good feel on your instrument, routine practice habits, and playing with others as a basis for growing as a musician.
    • Learning and memorizing chords are an important element of any style of guitar playing.
    • Lessons are personalized and are geared toward the goals set by the student and teacher.
    • Both tab and standard notation can be used depending on your choice.
    • I teach both fingerstyle and pickstyle as it applies to the variety of musical genres of each. I also teach mandolin, banjo, and bass guitar.
    • I utilize student selected music and interweave technique and theory around it.
    • Learning an instrument should be fun but, like any sport, will not yield results unless you put the time in on the court.
    • Students are encouraged to play with others as much as possible.
    • Lessons at my East Hartford studio are $20 per half hour and are offered in the following styles:

    - classical ( beginner to intermediate level)
    - folk/celtic/ethnic
    - rock/blues (electric or acoustic)
    - jazz / latin jazz ( beginner to intermediate level)
    - Spanish/ flamenco (beginner to intermediate level)
    - arranging for solo guitar - choosing a tune and making it playable at your level of ability.

    Warm. Vibrant. That’s how many people describe Dave Giardina’s sound. Considered a versatile, superb performer by other musicians, Dave expresses an irresistible toe-tapping energy as effortlessly as he traces a delicate melodic line. He brings to each performance an extensive repertoire and years of training in different traditions—the clarity and precision of classical technique, the explosive and exotic sound of flamenco, the smoothly shifting harmonies of jazz, the exuberant energy of traditional Latin music and the classic power chords and riffs of rock ‘n roll. Drawing on so many styles and techniques, Dave creates a lively sound that audiences find fresh, engaging and always highly enjoyable.

    Known as a versatile and superb musician, Dave Giardina plays guitar with a style often described as warm and lively. He expresses an irresistible toe-tapping energy as effortlessly as he traces a delicate melodic line, because of training in very different guitar styles—from classical and flamenco to jazz and rock. Working at the junction of different traditions brings a unique vibrancy to whatever Dave plays: a rock standard infused with the fiery emotion of flamenco; a classical piece driven by a powerful bass line; or a cool jazz ballad warmed by Latin rhythms. His extensive repertoire includes many well-loved standards, which he can perform with either comforting familiarity or a refreshingly different attitude. His ease with so many styles and techniques allows Dave to play guitar in a way that audiences find fresh, engaging and always highly enjoyable.