A native of the northwest, Dave grew up in a small suburb of Seattle in a musical household. His earliest training was piano lessons that he and his 3 older brothers took each week. It was in the 3rd grade however, that he would first get exposed to guitar. His teacher was kind enough to offer after school lessons for interested students. This was the spark that lit the fuse that would become his lifelong passion from that point on.
His parents were more than supportive of his interests and provided him with the best teachers they could find in the area. He even attended what could only be described as an afterschool Guitar College for 6 months of intensive training while still in High School. The long drive from Kent to North Seattle, 4 nights a week gave him time to passionately absorb all the music of his favorite artists on the car stereo; Wes Montgomery, Steely Dan, Pat Metheny, Led Zeppelin, George Benson, Miles Davis, Eric Clapton, and many more. Dave was truly blessed and cursed with an absolute love of so many kinds of music. It has always been Dave's versatility as a musician that has motivated his passion to continue learning and growing as a player.
After graduating from High School in 1981, with a restless heart and a thirst to be in a music scene, he headed for Los Angeles to attend the world famous GIT, now known as Musicians Institute. The school was the by product of guitar legend Howard Roberts national seminars. His first week of orientation concerts was to be a another defining moment in his life. Seeing his guitar idol Robben Ford perform an electrifying set took him to another level of inspiration. Robben Ford's tasty Blues Style has definitely left a fingerprint on Dave's playing.
Willing to teach
Staff Guitar Instructor at World Famous "Musicians Institute" in Hollywood, CA
for 25 years
Staff instructor at Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena California
I teach jazz Improvising concepts to musicians all over the world. I have written
books and curriculum.. I have traveled to Europe and Japan to do clinics. I also
teach composition and arranging.