After being accepted to the Berklee College of Music class of 2014 for guitar, I can say that without David's knowledge of music and ability to teach, this dream would not have been possible. David is a natural teacher and knows how to advance a student without overloading him or, in a case that has become prevalent in music education, diminish the student's interest in the music itself. The learning environment he creates is always professional and never feels sterile or overbearing. David is a gifted musician himself and is sure to inspire students at all skill levels. I cannot recommend him enough.
- Corey C. (High School Student, Berklee College)
I have been a music student of David Putnam's for some time now, and I give him my unreserved recommendation. David has been the best music teacher I could have hoped for, always professional, prepared, and knowledgeable. David's skills as a musician and his knowledge of music theory are formidable, but he always teaches with patience and good humor and makes me feel that there really are no "stupid questions." His love of music and of teaching are plainly evident and I sincerely hope that you will give David the opportunity to share his passion with you.
- Dave H. (R.N., Peace Corps Volunteer, Haitian Relief Worker)
My name is Matthias Mayr and I went to New Orleans as an Austrian exchange student. At that point I have been playing the guitar for somewhat 10 years and I felt that I needed somebody, to help me reach the next level - since I never had a teacher, I was terribly missing many crucial basics. David inspired me immensely, showed me everything I wanted to know and way more.
He knew exactly how to draw my interest to the theory I never got into before, showed me lots of new music and just helped me to focus on the stuff that I need on my way to “the next level”!
Everybody who wants real help from an easy-going professional, call David!
-Matthias M. (Recording Artist/Guitarist for Indyus, Student)
I recently traveled to New Orleans from another state. Banjo teachers being very hard to find, I was pleasantly surprised that David was willing to spend lesson time with me on a Sunday afternoon. He was both professional and personalable. If you are looking to advance in your banjo playing, I would highly recommend scheduling some time with him!
I have been receiving guitar lessons from David Putnam for close to a year now. He is an exceptional guitar player and a very knowledgeable teacher. His experience with music and the guitar was far beyond my expectations. His vast knowledge and his ability to adapt to each students needs individualy have allowed me to gain a better understanding of music and how to play the guitar. David is a people person, and he has a great attitude about sharing his knowldege with others, which allows for a comfortable atmosphere to learn and grow as a musician. I would highly recommend David Putnam to anyone who is interested in learning how to play guitar, and I can guarantee they will not be disappointed.
- Devin R. (College Student)
Before I started lessons with David, I was almost ready to give up on playing guitar. I’d been playing for six years, self-taught, and I couldn't rise past the plateau I’d reached. After working with David, I feel my playing getting better and I've found a renewed sense of excitement and commitment to playing that I haven’t felt since I first started. He’s patient, his lessons are well-structured and he’s just a genuinely nice guy. I highly recommend his lessons to anyone and everyone.
- Amber L. (College Student, Restaurant Industry)
David Putnam has been giving me private guitar lessons for a year and a half, and he is a "perfect" teacher.
I am now able to play several songs from memory due to his teaching. I am also able to read guitar tablature and chord diagrams.
I have found David to be very patient and willing to repeat concepts until I understand them completely. I am never uncomfortable about asking him to repeat something or asking him questions.
His enthusiasm for playing the guitar has been evident in every lesson he has given me.
The assignments David gives me after each lesson are not stressful in any way, and I actually enjoy practicing what I have learned after each session.
I strongly recommend David to anyone who wants to learn how to play the guitar, because he or she will gain a new ability that will bring much pleasure and enjoyment.
Marlene F. (Retired)
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