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Private Instruction with Dan Palladino

Dan is accepting a limited number of students for guitar, music theory and songwriting instruction. This is your chance to study with a professional player and songwriter with more than 40 years experience.

Here are some brief highlights of Dan's career:

  • Berklee College of Music graduate (1985)
  • Adjunct Professor of Audio Recording, Music Business, Music History, Rock History and Culture and Ear Training at County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ.
  • Served as technical editor for the book, The Complete Idiot's Guide To Home Recording, by Clayton Walnum (Alpha)
  • Dan's album Pastoral Memory has been awarded Best Meditation Album of 2019 by New Age Music Guide.
  • Owner of The Torpedo Room, project recording studio since 1990
  • Original songs have been licensed for use by Samsung America, and on MTV Cribs and My Super Sweet 16, as well as The Joan Hamburg Show on WOR AM radio in NYC.
  • Appearances on many independent CD releases
  • Live appearances throughout the NY/NJ Metro area

    Scroll down for specific instruction info and rates.

    Guitar Instruction: Info and Rates

    Studying music will give you the opportunity to learn a great deal about yourself. It is a journey with no definitive end, and has the potential to keep you endlessly engaged. It has been shown that children who study music also improve their performance in academics. Music is a natural stress-reliever - perfect for energizing your body and mind.

    While I accept students at all levels, I don't teach complete beginners. I feel that it is more cost-effective for the new student to search out a local music store, to begin their journey in that environment.

    Minimum age for children is ten years old.

    I look forward to making many new discoveries with you. Thanks for checking out my site.

  • Guitar Instruction Rates:

      30 minutes     $35
      45 minutes     $50
      60 minutes     $70

      Free initial consultation

  • All lessons take place in my professionally equipped studio in Central NJ - approximately two miles from Exit 9 on the New Jersey Turnpike.

    Together, we will create a study program that addresses your strengths and weaknesses. I will also present material that I KNOW will make you a stronger, more creative musician. Examples include:

  • Transcribing songs that interest you
  • Transcribing songs that will challenge your listening skills
  • Learning scales in position and vertically
  • Learning arpeggios in postion and vertically
  • Learning triads and seventh chords and their inversions
  • Improving time
  • Sight reading
  • Building repertoire
  • Improvisation
  • Rhythm guitar playing - an often overlooked aspect of playing guitar
  • Using our knowledge of scales and chords to improve songwriting
  • Learning how to create an effective practice schedule and sticking with it
  • Learning how to teach yourself new concepts and ideas
  • Audition preparation

    Contact me, and let's talk about your goals!

    Guitar Licks

    by Dan Palladino

    Blues Scale Lick #1
    Blues Scale Lick #2

    Chicken Pickin' Lick #1
    Chicken Pickin' Lick #2

    Dominant Lick #1
    Dominant Lick #2

    V-I Cadence Lick #1
    V-I Cadence Lick #2

    Chromatic Lick #1
    Chromatic Lick #2

    Diminished Lick #1
    Diminished Lick #2

    Harmonic Minor Lick #1
    Harmonic Minor Lick #2

    Jazz Lick #1 (Major ii V)
    Jazz Lick #2 (Major ii V)

    Jazz Lick #3 (Minor ii V)
    Jazz Lick #4 (Minor ii V)

  • News

    • Photos in header above by Dan Kamoda, except "Blue Guitar Close-up", by Matthew Krautheim

    See what Dan is up to now

    BIG NEWS! Pastoral Memory has been awarded Best Ambient Album of 2019 by One World Music Radio. What an amazing honor! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Just released! One Minute Wonders of the World, a project conceived by Paul Landry of New Age Music Planet. 23 composers contributed one minute of music each, to create the Corona Concerto. My piece begins at 9:43, but the entire piece is a very entertaining listen. --DP

    Released in 2019. Dan Palladino: electric guitars on "Butterfly", "Must Have Been", "Kumbaya (Hunt)"

    Released in 2018. Lead vocals and guitar by Dan Palladino: