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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, 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)
  • 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!
  • News

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

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