Dave Cleveland is a first call session guitar player wth over 35 years experience recording, playing live, and touring. He has played on a multitude of Grammy and Dove Award winning projects with artists including Steven Curtis Chapman and The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and many others. Over his 26 years in Nashville, Tennessee, Dave has played on over 30,000 songs. You may not have heard of him, but if you’ve listened to Christian music, country, pop, rock, or seen movies in the last 30 years, you have certainly heard him. You can see the whole story here.
This web site was built so Dave could pass on his wealth of experience to you. Whether you want to make a living playing guitar, or just be the best player you can be , Dave will teach you all of the important things you need to know to take your playing to the next level.
Both! In the lesson programs, the concepts you’ll learn are not specific to either electric OR acoustic, they apply to playing both instruments. So whether you are an electric or acoustic player, everything still works. You don’t necessarily need to start on one or the other.
Excellent question! There are several things that this program offers that you generally won’t find with free content:
- What you’ll learn
Instead of focusing on learning how to emulate a certain style of music, solo techniques, or learning how to play songs, Dave’s program focuses on teaching you the real-world skills that will make you a marketable guitar player. With these skills, you will then be able to master any style of music, create solos with your own personal sound, create songs and guitar parts yourself, among many other things.
- Printed Material
Each weekly lesson includes a downloadable pdf file with all of the important information you’ll need for the lesson. The material is notated in traditional music notation as well as guitar tablature, so if you don’t yet read music, this will make the transition easier.
- Lick & Jam
In addition to warm-ups, reading exercises, ear training, and triads, each lesson has a section called the Lick and Jam. In this section, Dave teaches you a guitar lick which is based on the skills covered in that lesson, and then provides a 3 to 5 minute backing track for you to use the lick to jam along with. You can use this time to implement the skills learned in the lesson all while having a fun time jamming out! Also included with each lesson is a video of a 10-minute looped version of the backing track, so that once you are comfortable with the lick, you can jump over to the Extended Jam video and jam out and get creative for an extended period without worrying about having to re-start the video. Check out our Free Licks and Jams.
- Get personal coaching and instruction directly from Dave
The Premium Membership allows you to interact directly with Dave through a messaging portal on the web site. Sign up for the Premium Membership and you’ll be able to ask Dave specific questions, send videos of yourself playing and have Dave critique your playing, and receive coaching and feedback directly from Dave.
Yes. There are no long-term commitments, you are simply automatically billed every month or year for the upcoming month/year. You can always cancel your membership by simply going to your “My Home Page” and clicking the “Cancel Membership” link.
When you subscribe you’ll enter a debit/credit card that will automatically be billed monthly for monthly memberships, or annually for annual memberships. Your card will be automatically billed around the same day every month/year as the day you joined. If the card on your account expires, or a billing transaction fails for whatever reason, you’ll receive an email asking you to update your payment information. You can do this just by going to your “My Home Page”, where you can update any of your account information, including the debit/credit card to bill your membership to.
No. However, most of our video series (including the Essential Guitar 1 lesson program) have at least one free video in the series, and you can check out our free content at your leisure to see if you like it.
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