I Teach Acoustic Guitar Lessons, Electric Guitar Lessons, Classical Guitar Lessons, Electric Bass Lessons, Upright Bass Lessons, Voice Lessons, Mandolin Lessons, Banjo Lessons, Paul Hindemith’s “Elementary Training for Musicians” Lessons, Note Reading, Music Theory, and How to Learn And Memorize a Song, How to Prepare for a Performance, and How to Increase your Vocal Range, How to Play Guitar and Sing, How to Increase Pick Speed and Articulate Scales, Chords and Arpeggios, How to Improvise over Chords and How to Improve you playing in General

I have taught private lessons with students age 7 to 70 since 1979. Principle instruments include guitar, electric bass and upright bass. I have also taught banjo, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, steel drum, voice lessons and beginner piano.

Statement: There is no greater sense of accomplishment for a musician/teacher, than to see the people you have taught become well rounded, accomplished musicians.

Darrell Q/A

Why does your work stand out from others?

Everyone learns at a different pace, everyone learns by different means…I take the time to figure out how I can get my point across the most direct way and help the student comprehend what it is they are learning.

What do you like most about teaching?

Helping people achieve the level of success they are seeking!

What question is most commonly asked? What is your answer?

How long does it take to learn how to play guitar?
Everyone learns at a different pace….it’s based on how many hours a day you are willing or are able to practice.

Any regrets about the road you took?

I wish that I had taken lessons from my teacher 13 years earlier when I started playing guitar….I would have saved myself years of holding the pick poorly, not picking through the string and resting the pick on the next string and how to improve speed and accuracy!

What do you wish your students knew about you or about learning guitar?

We are so used to fast food and playing video games…it makes it difficult for people to understand it takes time spent on the instrument (dedication), physical dexterity, muscular development to build the endurance you need to play guitar or bass.

What advice do you have for a student looking to hire an experienced teacher like you?

Never give up…..also, don’t think it’s a strange thing that you can’t play something in your lesson that you didn’t practice, as many people do!

What made you choose music as a career?

My father was a Country Western singer and song writer in the 50’s. He has written songs for Eddie Arnold, Slim Whitman and several other popular western singers of that era.

What is the most common thing you try to show all students?

Hold the pick correctly, develop a strong and accurate pick hand that incorporates dynamics in your playing and ear training!

Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

I play bass with Eric Demmer (one of the top sax players in Houston). We recently opened for the renowned Blues Guitarist B. B. King at the House of Blues in Houston.

What do you do to stay on top of the learning curve?

I am constantly seeking out the latest software to help make teaching easier…such as transcription software and Guitar tab software.