I always wanted to learn the guitar
Dave Smith

Sound familiar? Dave Smith has been teaching guitar and bass on Sydney’s Northern Beaches for the past 26 years. Covering both electric and acoustic from a range of genres, Dave's teaching methods and style have earned him many happy students over the years. From primary school children to retirees, beginner to advanced - Dave’s lessons have universal appeal to all ages and skill levels.

Personalised lesson plans individually tailored to each student's ability, goals, musical tastes, needs and desires.

Multimedia-rich lessons featuring video, audio and digital music tools to enhance the learning experience.

A wide variety of contemporary genres and playing styles supported including pop, rock, blues, country, jazz & folk.

Assistance for students studying elective music, HSC, tertiary music, AMEB CPM and Rockschool exams.

Advice on selection, setup and operation of guitar/bass gear, music hardware and software, apps and accessories.

Flexible packages available for day/night lessons in a casual, relaxed atmosphere conducive to learning and creativity.



Dave has provided unlimited inspiration through his lessons. His musical approach avoids the mundane and makes me want to play more.

Michael - Terrey Hills



I have been taking lessons with Dave for nearly 2 years and he has made an amazing difference in my guitar playing. Now I have a wide list of songs I can play on acoustic and electric.

Peter - Collaroy



Dave is a great teacher who is kind and fun. He makes learning the guitar easy. I really enjoy our lessons.

Luca - St. Ives



I would highly recommend to anyone thinking about guitar or bass lessons for themselves or their children to take the time to speak with Dave. His passion for teaching and his students is second to none.

Chris - Narrabeen



David is an outstanding guitar tutor, who is an incredibly talented musician. I have learnt a lot from him and I’m thankful to have the opportunity to be able to further develop my guitar skills with him as my tutor.

Annie - St. Ives



This gifted musician & teacher has been generous enough to share his skills & craft with me to the point where I can confidently play live gigs with my band & do open mic nights solo.

Helen - Duffys Forest.



Being honest, Dave is flat out great at this gig. Seems genuinely interested in moulding the lesson around my interests and is invested in my progress. I would recommend Dave to absolutely anyone who asked...unless they wanted fashion advice.

Alex - Cromer




Overall Dave inspires me every lesson to be a better musician, as well as helping me to achieve my guitar playing potential.

Martha - Belrose



After each lesson our daughter has come home enthusiastic, inspired and motivated. David encourages her to be a creative, innovative artist, which has elevated her confidence and self-belief.

Gail - St. Ives



Learning the bass guitar with Dave is a great experience. I’m a “mature age” student and he quickly adapted the lessons to focus on the enjoyment of playing.

Rob - Belrose



I really enjoy playing with David and learning new songs. He always has the songs I like. I look forward to my lesson every time. Thank you for teaching me to play the guitar, David

Mark - Belrose



David has been teaching my son Mark for over 9 years now. His dream was to play the guitar and David has made it happen for him. Thank you David.

Carl - Belrose



Dave is a really talented guitar player and a great teacher. I enjoy every lesson and I learn something new each time. He inspires me to keep playing guitar.

Jenna - Belrose



My daughter thoroughly enjoys her guitar lessons with Dave. His amazing skill as a guitar player, gift for teaching and, love of music is contagious.

Cathie - Belrose



I first starting taking guitar lessons with David during my first year of university and they have honestly been a highlight in my life over the last four years.

Elle - Sydney



His wonderful ability with the guitar, his enthusiasm for all genres of music and his sense of humour combine to make David an excellent teacher.

Dave - Davidson



Dave takes the time to find out what your goals are and how they can be achieved. Thanks to Dave - learning to play the guitar has been a really great experience for me – I highly recommend him!

Anita - Davidson



I like doing guitar with David because we work on stuff I want to learn. I love learning to play using songwriting. My lessons are great but always go too quick : ( 

Inez - Seaforth



I'm really happy we found David. He is just what my daughter needs in a teacher. My daughter loves playing the guitar and now willingly plays and entertains herself.

Helen - Seaforth



I would recommend David as a professional and supportive guitar teacher, who will bring out the best in players of all standards.

Leon - Warriewood



Dave's been brilliant!  I hadn't played guitar for 25 years but Dave's knowledge, skill and enthusiasm for guitar have made picking it up again fun and a great learning experience.

Marese - Bilgola



I have been having guitar lessons with Dave for a number of years, and can thoroughly recommend him as a guitar teacher and all round nice guy.

Mark - Asquith



Dave is a rare teacher. His lessons are fun, progress is noticeable week by week, and the great jam sessions he has organised with fellow students have brought all the learning to life!  

Nick - Seaforth



David has been my guitar teacher for the last 3 years and I can't see an ending from his instruction. I am almost 80 years old but Dave's guitar lessons and follow up make me feel many years less. Rock on Dave!

Peter - Warriewood



My 2 teenagers have been learning with Dave for about a year now, and I am so happy with their progress in playing and the skills they are learning.  But even more significant is their love and passion for playing which Dave so clearly inspires.

Sarah - Forestville



All my life I have wanted to make music and David has actually helped me make it happen. Great teacher, great bloke. I highly recommend him to any other late-starters like me.

Philip - Killara



David has expertly guided me through 5 years of musical tuition, from the HSC onwards. With his wealth of musical knowledge and fun approach to teaching, I have been able to effectively improve upon my Technical, Aural, Written and Reading competencies.

Jordan - Bayview



From the first lesson, David listens and notes your music preferences and where you want to go. He then structures your lessons to suit your capabilities.

Gordon - Balgowlah



As a teacher, David is enthusiastic, patient and incredibly generous. David inspires me to keep practicing and to keep improving. He is a natural teacher.

Warren - Belrose



Rocco has learnt & improved so much under David's guidance. And most of all David makes his lessons FUN. Rocco loves it!

Ali - Frenchs Forest



I thoroughly enjoy my bass lessons with Dave. Learning songs and then playing with other students in a band setup has ticked a bucket list item off.

Martin - Seaforth



Dave is a really great teacher and I always enjoy his lessons. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.

Charlie - Newport



I’ve been going to David for a year now. I’m having a fantastic time and have already learnt a lot; highly recommended.

Imogen - Frenchs Forest



My son thoroughly enjoys his weekly session with Dave and is always excited by the music he is studying. I would highly recommend Dave to anyone wanting to learn guitar.

Louise - Collaroy Plateau




Dave is an awesome teacher! I really like how I can choose the songs that I learn to play and he has inspired me in my music a lot.

Sam - Newport



The most wonderful outcome of these lessons has been to fuel Imogen's passion for music. I happily recommend David to anyone wanting to learn guitar.

Paul - Frenchs Forest

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