Daniel Amburn has been teaching guitar for over 15 years, working with students from ages 5 to 75. Daniel started playing the guitar at a young age. Once he knew the basic chords and could play a few songs, he began learning professionally. He found a great teacher, who taught him how to develop his ear properly, as well as how to read and write music. Daniel still believes that these are some of the most important skills a guitar player can have. He teaches these skills to all of his students and emphasizes their importance diligently.
The first thing Daniel does when meeting a new student is determine the student's skill level, what the student can play, and what techniques could build on that. For a student who has never played before, Daniel will explain the physics of the instrument. Why a string makes a particular sound, what makes that sound higher or lower in pitch and why that is; then how to use that to write or imitate a particular melody, as well as how to mark all of the notes on a musical staff, as well as tablature. Slightly more advanced students will learn basic chords, strumming and picking techniques, as well as power chords using familiar songs based on which artists they like. After this the student will learn how to play and write basic lead licks and melodies over a chord progression. At this point the student is ready to start learning more advanced lead techniques and practicing scales at faster tempos.
Daniel's ready to plunge into seriously exploring music theory and composition. How to write a full length song and how to explore all of the different possibilities concerning timing, song structure, and how all of the different elements of a song are composed together to create a harmony between it's elements. Once a student has mastered all of this, he or she is ready to begin learning very advanced techniques such as tapping, arpeggios, harmonics, and tremolo picking that is coordinated with fretboard fingering.
Daniel's goal is to get his students playing at the level they want at the right pace for them. In order to do this he teaches them according to what they want to learn, while pushing them to play smarter and learn more. If a student wishes to learn a particular song, he is always willing to learn it and teach it to them. Daniel believes that one of the most important things about playing music is to have fun. For this reason he always tries to make sessions exciting and uses positive encouragement to instill confidence and a love of music in his students. When Daniel's not teaching, he's working to improve his skills and always writing new music for local Houston rock band Inconspicuous.