Guitar, Bass, Music Production, Songwriting & Ukulele Teacher in London
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Danny Ricci is an eclectic guitarist, a passionate teacher and a music producer with a creative and dynamic approach across a vast range of music styles. He has been teaching for years, working with students of different ages and musical styles. His lessons are intended to develop skills as improvisation, performance, theory, reading, technique and to study in deep different styles such as blues, rock, jazz and pop, expanding the student’s own potentiality. He helps students through their grades with international exam boards (Trinity College London; RockSchool; RGT; ABRSM).
“My teaching philosophy is that learning music should be an inspiring, motivating, fun, and exciting experience. My lessons are focused on each student that should find out and follow his own natural predisposition to reach his goals and my job is helping him to do that”, Dan.
Dan (born Danilo Ricciardiello) started studying classical guitar when he was eleven years old and, after a few years, the study of modern music such as blues, rock, and jazz, totally captured him. During these years he gained a deep knowledge of these styles studying under the guidance of the well-known Italian teacher, composer, and arranger Giancarlo Perna with whom he also studied arranging and composing. His love and devotion for music took him even to New York City where he spent few months playing for local artists and attending lessons with some of the top international players and teachers ( Jonathan Kreisberg, Adam Rogers).
As a session musician, Dan plays different music styles, mostly rock, blues, and jazz. He has enjoyed playing in different bands and for different kinds of artists in the studio and at many venues. In 2015, holding a BMus in Jazz Guitar from the Conservatory of Music San Pietro a Majella, he decided to move to London where he also works as a session musician and composer, collaborating with studios based in London and Los Angeles to write music for movie trailers.
Dan teaches in his music studio in Sydenham (South East London, SE26), situated in a converted warehouse just in front of the overground station. He also teaches in music academies in different parts of London (Greenwich Music School, Blackheath Conservatoire) and he regularly makes lessons on Skype. So, in case you live too far or don’t have time to travel, all you need is a webcam and an internet connection.
In 2017, he started working as a movie trailer co-author and composer with the Los Angeles-based music producer Oscar Neidhardt and in 2018 he started his own music productions and session works in his new music studio in South East London.
Dan deeply enjoys teaching students of all ages and different styles, doing guitar masterclasses regarding his favourite music genres and writing arrangements for his band classes. He is always committed to sharing his passion for the guitar.
Dan is a DBS checked tutor and a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM).
Music Qualifications & Achievements:
- Bmus Jazz Guitar, Conservatory of Music San Pietro a Majella
I teach my lessons from a teaching space located in Silverdale, London, SE26 4SD, UK. My full teaching address will be provided upon your first lesson booking.
Dan is committed, versatile and inspiring. The lesson was informal and fun with perfect combination of technical excersises and practical implementation. I could see my 12yo son’s eyes light up upon Dan’s effortless presentation of different sound and styles – after just one hour he is once again motivated to learn and work hard. Dan is every parent’s dream guitar tutor – I couldn’t recommend him high enough!
[recording session] I requested composing and playing music appropriate for lyrics I provided. Dan interviewed me in detail to determine what kind of result I wanted. His team employed creativity and musical skill to compose and produce instrumentals that nicely fit the lyrics and my musical taste, as if we had worked together for years.
He went far beyond composing a simple melody. He developed different parts of the song that flowed perfectly, including introduction, verses, bridge, chorus and ending, spiced with guitar riffs. He employed rhythmic and harmonic variety that enhanced the emotion of the lyrics.
For the first phase of this project, he included drums, bass, rhythm guitar, and lead guitar, together with an instrumental version of the melody to guide a singer. His playing amazes me. I enjoy listening to the song over and over.
I am a picky person with high standards for music. Rarely do I listen to any song and react the way I did when I heard Dan’s result for this project. It was perfect. There was nothing I would change.
This endorsement comes from a person having decades of musical experience singing and playing several instruments.
Dan made this project a pleasure from the beginning. He was genuinely interested in making my song all it could be. He treated me as a friend. He cheerfully responded to my special requests, such as providing computer files in a format I could use with my DAW.
I will continue working with Dan to enhance the song in this project and will request his help in composing and producing other songs. I like his playing style so much that I also hope to get lessons from him to improve my guitar playing.
Very nice environment with a big cosy living room where you can jam and a good home studio for some serious music sessions. I have been there taking blues lessons for over a year now. Dan has been a great teacher and a good friend to me with serious skills and knowledge. His lesson is fun and informative and we would always chat a lot about music theories to music tech, music history, different players and styles, etc. Since first taking lessons from Dan, I have been able to improve myslef a lot in a year and I would definitely recommend anyone from beginner to more advanced players.