I am a passionate guitar player and coach. My goal is to help guitar players take their skills from “pretty good” to “AMAZING!”, and faster than they believe possible. I call myself the “Virtual Guitar Mentor” because my approach to guitar is about so much more than just learning new scales and techniques. It’s about life. It’s about having faith that you can achieve what God has put in your heart.
As important as the technical stuff is, I believe the biggest part of becoming great on the guitar is clarity. You have to get clear on where you are right now and where you want to go. And that’s where a mentor comes in… they can show you the way because they’ve been there before. That is my desire as a guitar “mentor”.
Since 2001, I’ve had the privilege of mentoring multiple hundreds of guitar students at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, several area schools, and in my private studio. I’ve also traveled extensively as a professional musician in the U.S. and other parts of the world.
I understand that you don’t just need an instructor. You need a coach, a guide, a mentor. It’s one thing to learn a few licks here and there. It’s another thing to understand how to get from Point A to Point B. That’s what I like to clarify for students.
Whether it be through this blog, Facebook Live videos, YouTube, or courses, I am striving toward one goal: Helping guitarists maximize their God-given ability to be able to express themselves fluently on their instrument. And I do that by making things simple and actionable. I like to take the mystery out of it and give you the tools you need to succeed. I’ve seen massive success with my students and I know you can experience the same.
It wouldn’t be fun to not progress beyond the speech of a 4-year-old as a person, and it’s no fun on the guitar either. You need to become fluent in the language of the guitar. And that’s where I come in. I’m here to help you speak.
Your Virtual Guitar Mentor,
David J Elam
P.S. – Speaking of learning to speak on the guitar, check out this Facebook LIVE video I did about the key to creating great, melodic guitar solos. No one ever shares these tips publicly!