With over 25-years of international touring, studio and teaching experience—and a life-long student himself—DAVID GOODRICH brings a joyful, discovery-based, experiential approach to teaching designed to meet you where you’re at and take you to the next level.

INSTRUCTION: Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo (beginning through advanced).

Establish or deepen an existing practice. Gain solid technical and conceptual skills grounded in the language of music. Learn how simple techniques and applied theory translate into fluency and freedom. Break through barriers to enjoyment and advancement. Weekly, monthly, or occasional. $40 per ½-hour, $60 per hour.

David had the ability to tap into Max's existing musical knowledge, help him translate it to new genres and styles, and expand his sense of the possibilities. David gently and consistently encouraged Max to develop the skills of musical self-education…Max grew as a person and a musician by studying with David.

—Lisa Moore (parent of student)

COACHING: All instruments (all levels).

Performance, audition and studio preparation. Song and project development. Guided listening and practice plans. Innovative techniques and applied theory to increase fluency in the language of music. Individualized plans to break through technical, creative or conceptual roadblocks and gain new freedoms. Weekly, monthly, or occasional. $40 per ½-hour, $60 per hour, $100 per 2-hours.

David Goodrich has a firm grasp on the ungraspable. His fresh approach has opened many windows into creativity for me through lessons on the guitar, musical meditation and warm-up exercises, conversation, literature, and unique writing methods that simply allow you to GET STARTED.
—Keith Gary (musician/producer/engineer)

MASTER CLASSES: All instruments (intermediate through advanced).

Single-session and multi-part workshops for groups or individuals on applied theory and simple but innovative techniques to gain new fluency, freedom and practical possibilities. Topics include: Improvisation, Accompaniment, Triadic Possibilities, Single String Theory, and Intervalic Possibilities, among others. Rates, location and duration are class-specific.


Berklee-trained and fluent in a wide range of idioms from rock, pop and country to jazz, improvisation and experimental, David Goodrich has studied with Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson andnd Mick Goodrick among many others. He has taught for 25+ years in private, community music school a college settings. 

A veteran touring musician, session player and producer, he has played and recorded with hundreds of artists including: Chris Smither, Allen Toussaint, The Indigo Girls, Erin McKeown, Loudon Wainwright, Haunt, Tinnarose, Birds of Chicago, Peter Mulvey, Lori McKenna, David Hamburger, Willie Porter, Mike Meadows, Redbird, Rose Polenzani, Andy Friedman, Jeffrey Foucault, Kris Delmhorst, Caroline Herring, Stephan Crump, Rusty Belle, The Suitcase Junket, Cold Satellite, Danny Schmidt, Carrie Elkin, Josh Buckly, Chris Cheek, Tom Beckham and many others. He has scored multiple documentaries and independent films.


Services offered in-person at conveniently located home studio in central East Austin, elsewhere by arrangement, or via Skype. Semester-based and other packages available (e.g. 10 lessons at 10% off). Payment accepted via cash, check, or Paypal. 24-hour cancellation policy.  For more information or to schedule a time, email or call (413) 537-8270. Click Here to pay for your lessons now.