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Instruments Taught

David offers a discount of 50% on their first / introductory lesson!


Hourly Fee
Beginner £20.00
Intermediate £24.00
Advanced £26.00
Expert £30.00
Casual £24.00


Hourly Fee
Beginner £20.00
Casual £24.00

Bass Guitar

Hourly Fee
Beginner £20.00
Intermediate £22.00
Casual £15.00

Music Theory

Hourly Fee
Beginner £20.00
Intermediate £24.00
Advanced £34.00
Casual £24.00

Music Technology

Hourly Fee
Beginner £15.00
Intermediate £20.00
Casual £15.00


Hourly Fee
Beginner £20.00
Intermediate £24.00
Casual £24.00

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Personal Description:

Studied with Tolis Zaharliaras, Misha NickolikThe Institute / Carlo Bonnel/ Ray Burley/John Mills Trinity College of Music and Drama.
He Gained a BA First degree in Performance industries.

David J O is a Musician / Music Teacher and has been playing guitar and teaching for over 27 years.
He's played at weddings, festivals, pubs, clubs, has been called in for SESSION gigs and community events in bands and plays solo sets. He understand the steps that musicians need to take to become better musicians.
He teaches Electric , Classical and Acoustic guitar in a way that that means you can enjoy music more and grow as musicians whatever level you are currently at. " I teach Lead and rhythm guitar and also solo finger style guitar in any genre, how to work with a looper and create Backing Tracks from your chosen software."
He has taught in some of the top schools in London, before moving to Devon, and has had more than 70 pupils a week on his teaching schedule.
He is Fully CRB checked and has great references.
He has created a purpose built guitar/vocal teaching studio that is dedicated towards capturing a relaxed and encouraging learning space. He continues to have very satisfied students from all abilities and all walks of life.

Tutoring Experience:

I am a Music Teacher and have been playing guitar and teaching for over 25 years.
I teach Lead and rhythm guitar, singer song writer, classical and also solo finger style guitar in any genre.( also exploring how to work with a looper). I also teach uke to grade 5.
I have studied with Tolis Zaharliaras, Misha Nickolik (both The Institute London) Classical guitar Carlos Bonnel Professor Royal Northern College of Music.
Have taken Master Classes with
Electric Guitarists : Steve Via/ Jamie Humphries/ Dave Kilminster /Tolis Zaharliaras
Acoustic : Eric Rouche John Etheridge/ Gorden Giltrapp/
Classical : Ray Burley/John Mills.
I have taught in some of the top schools in London, ( including ex/ head of guitar department at Forest School, Snaresbrook, London.) before moving to Devon, and have had more than 70 pupils each week on my teaching schedule.
I have taught rock bands ( chords/ tab ) and classical ensembles (notation )

Tutoring Approach:

I am an experienced guitarist and have learnt from many great teachers in the past. I have studied theory books and have acquired a huge amount of theoretical information about harmony, rhythm, etc. The lesson I learned was that being a great musician has nothing to do with theory.
So i teach an understanding that melody is king and you can create this immediately from the sounds inside your head on your guitar/uke as your skills improve. This is great fun!
I study the music that interests pupils and look to make this music their own.
I can teach how to read tab or music notation (from scratch) or rhythm and chords.
I also explain the need to work on chord shapes, scales and phrases as this is all useful when writing songs or playing covers of any Genre.
I give pupils the option of studying towards grades with Trinity Rock n Pop, Rock school or RGT.
I delve as far into theory as the pupil wishes. It is important to understand theory, however focusing on theory alone will not make you a great musician, so there are lots of practical playing opportunities. Please get in touch for an informal assessment lesson. I look forwards to working with you.
Regards . David
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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • Wolverhampton University (2016) - B.A. 1st Performance Industries (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
  • Access to Music (2008) - Instrumental Music Facilitator (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
  • The Institute (1994) - Rock guitar level 1 (College) (✘ Not On File)
  • Guildhall school of music and drama (1992) - Guildhall Grade 5 theory (College) (✘ Not On File)

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