By: Jesse James Mazzoccoli
Dave Martone’s website says that he’s “One of Canada’s Finest Guitarists,” but that’s probably a bit dated and should be upgraded to “One of the World’s Finest Guitarists.” If you haven’t heard Dave shred before, there’s no time like the present.
The latest album from Martone Clean, which includes Dave Spidel and the amazing Daniel Adair of Nickelback fame, is an incredibly intense shredfest of molten musicality that would rival any album in the genre. Special guests on this album include Joe Satriani, Greg Howe, Jennifer Batten, Billy Sheehan and Rick Fierbracci.
Dave is a first-rate guitarist, composer, performer, teacher, recording engineer, and clinician. He does clinics and masterclasses all over the world, while working for the National Guitar Workshop, Berklee School of Music, he is also an alum, Class of ‘95, and the School of Rock Guitar Sessions for Tom Lee Music in Vancouver Canada, just to name a few.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with many great teachers of many styles over the years, and I have to say that Dave is among the very best. His approach makes the most difficult of techniques easy and understandable to all skill levels, and as I watched him teach, right there in the moment, his students become better guitarists. It was a beautiful sight, indeed.
When Dave and I were talking, we focused a great deal on his teaching approach. This is a great lesson for anyone that wants to take their skills, playing or teaching, to the next level.
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