Dan is an amazing teacher. Not only am I a much better guitar player then I ever imagined I would be, but working with Dan has opened up a whole world of creativity that has enhanced my music and my life. If you have the drive and commitment then Dan can take you as far as you want to go.
After an injury, I had to limit my activities and spend a lot of time at home. Having absolutely no music background, for some reason the guitar seemed like an intriguing way to pass time as I recovered. It has been three years and I not only play guitar, I sing and have a more informed view of who I am as an individual. Dan is patient, supportive, insightful and has helped me achieve something I did not think was possible. I can recommend Dan without hesitation.
Working with Dan has led to what I never dreamed possible. The non-inclusive list incorporates technical, performance, and personal achievements. Over the years, I have progressed from plucking strings with one finger and poor tone to different patterns of strumming and finger picking and to actually playing and singing full songs solo – and not just in the privacy of my home but on stage in front of an audience! We work on lead playing, bar chords and other technical skills, and figuring out songs by ear. Dan always knows exactly where to direct the lesson and what I need, especially when I do not know this myself. In addition to the above, working with Dan has changed my frame of self-reference. I now am a person who plays guitar and sings as a regular part of my life – it is part of me and embracing it as such was a feat unto itself. I cannot recommend Dan highly enough as a teacher!
Having never played an instrument before, I was apprehensive to take on such a new endeavor. Dan’s approach has made me feel confident that I can achieve my goal to make music. Dan doesn’t only teach you the chords, but his lessons become full music appreciation experiences in whichever genre you’re most interested. Because of Dan, I am have learned the language of guitar and have established a repertoire of meaningful songs with which I have a strong connection.
Dan Smith is turning me into a guitar player. Dan makes it fun, and he seems to know just what it is I need to keep moving me forward. After just a year of lessons, Dan had me doing open mics around the City and performing at his Solo Performance Workshops in front of other students and friends and family. Dan has created a community among his students, and we enjoy playing at open mics and Dan’s Workshops together. I would never have imagined myself getting as far as I have in such a short time, and I attribute most of that success to Dan. He is adept at sensing what might be holding me back in my guitar playing, physically or emotionally, and then helping me find a way to keep moving forward in my music. I feel enormously fortunate to have Dan as a teacher.
Dan has helped me become a much more confident guitar player and overall musician. I've learned things like how to play lead and figure out songs by ear but there's so much more to it than that. Through my work with Dan I've performed at several venues around New York City. Not only does he totally know his stuff about guitar but he's also taught me to play bass and keyboards and how to use recording software for my own songwriting. I've learned more from Dan than I ever thought possible.
When I work with Dan I feel it’s a very friendly environment and he really has a lot of patience when it comes to teaching. I didn’t know one chord when I first came to him and now I’m playing many songs from beginning to end which is an amazing feeling! I’ve learned so much more than I ever expected to learn. He even records me playing so I hear how far I have come along and shows me what to work on for the future. I definitely recommend Dan for a guitar teacher!
Dan Smith will do more than teach you guitar. He will teach you how to listen to music, to hear the instrumentation, and to feel the beat. He will stress the reliance on one's senses as the key to better playing, to think less, to feel and hear more, to anticipate and think ahead and to be ready for what comes next. Dan's teaching offers a complete musical experience, with acoustical and electrical guitars, with the incorporation of virtual drums and other accompaniment, and with an understanding of the discipline necessary to grow as a musician. Dan Smith has much more to offer than just a successful marketing campaign, for to work with him offers the chance for serious learning and the artistic enjoyment of making beautiful music!
If you want the music in you to come out, or come out better, go see Dan Smith. Dan helps me get out of my own way, and the music is there waiting. Yes, there are those bar chords and lead notes to learn to play, but their music is waiting for you when you’re ready. Dan knows how to get you ready.
I had tried other guitar teachers twice before, once as a teenager and then in my 40s. Both times I stopped because the “music” wasn’t working. Now, I’ve learned that it’s not the music, it’s “me” that was in the way. Dan helps me see that, where other teachers didn’t.Learning with Dan is like discovering more of who you really are, and that’s the power of the music when I’m able to let it out. The music gives you immediate feedback, opens your senses, shows you how to be aware, and lets you find more of the good things in yourself. If you’re ready, Dan is the teacher.
Dan's lessons are very different from my lessons in Germany, so I decided to come back any time I am in NYC! My skills are improving every time and Dan is able to teach me the "unpossible". He has the touch and if there is something, that doesn't work right away, he has a different way to get it into me . "Unpossible " is NOT an option. Dan is taking you serious and he is pushing you forward! Here everybody goes his/hers own way!!!
I was two times into the Solo Performance Workshop and it was lots of fun! In comparison to Germany (who is the best?) there is NO competition! I am always looking forward to see the other students between the lessons!
NYC without lessons at Dan's studio is a NO GO! I am so looking forward to learn new stuff and improving! Dan Smith is my "guitar whisperer"!
I started playing guitar one year ago and Dan has helped me to the point today where I am writing songs, singing, and playing guitar on stage. I had no prior musical or performance experience. There are many guitar teachers in New York, but what really stands out about Dan is that he is truly a teacher. Each time I struggle with something new (chords, vocals, performing on stage), Dan has seen the pattern before and knows how to guide me through it. He listens, builds the right foundation, then knows when to challenge me further. I highly recommend Dan as someone who is fun to play with and gets the results you deserve.
I had written some songs and called Dan to help me record them. In our sessions, Dan not only guides me in how to use the latest recording software, he gives great songwriting suggestions that've helped me strengthen my material. Our ongoing discussions have helped me rekindle and clarify what I want to do musically, and continually encourage me to do it - so now I'm also playing in live music venues around the city and planning my first full length solo show!
Whatever you want to do with guitar and music, Dan is fantastic at helping you develop both the skill set AND the crucial mindset to do it. Thanks Dan!